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A Year's Midnight by Ciaran O'Driscoll
A Year's Midnight by Ciaran O'Driscoll
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a wonderful novel with all the lyricism one would expect of a poet. It is written with a confidence and pace reminiscent of Ian McEwan's `Comfort of Strangers'.
`A Year's Midnight' has elements that take us, by turns from a disturbing corner of Italy to a disturbing corner of the mind. The chilly quests around the landscape are accentuated by the increasing demands of the main protagonist's wife, his neighbours, indeed everyone that he encounters; including the neighbour's dogs.
In `A Year's Midnight' there is more than a nod to the poem, `A Nocturnal Upon St. Lucy's Day' where John Donne assesses the balance of power between humans, animals, plants and stones. Extracts of… Read more
BloodMining by Laura Wilkinson
BloodMining by Laura Wilkinson
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
At times haunting, at times bleak and continuously stimulating, Blood Mining is a consummate first novel. Laura Wilkinson's prose is both evocative and engaging. The narrative moves freely through different time zones (2015-20 and 2048-53.) Although I would have preferred more of something akin to `newspeak' in the more futuristic sections (the `mulmed' works nicely), the locations and images of life are well imagined and are alien enough to contemporary society to carry the intriguing plot successfully. The main protagonist Megan has immediate appeal. I found myself caring about her, her anxieties, the struggle she has making sense of the world and her familial responsibilities,… Read more
All for Poor Jack by Steve Tilston
All for Poor Jack by Steve Tilston
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
`All For Poor Jack' is a well crafted piece of Historical Fiction. It oscillates comfortably between hard-hitting realism and an almost Black-Adder style satire.
`All For Poor Jack' places the reader in the New World at a point in history when knowledge of its whereabouts was kept secret, before the natives were named, Red Indians, and long before the Pilgrim Fathers were born. It is a harsh world, a different world and yet, as the story unfolds we begin to see that, in many respects, it is an environment not too dissimilar to Bristol of the 15th Century with its `Greenwood Men', its outcasts, and its social customs.
Tilston's familiarity with archery, and affection for… Read more