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Naming Monsters by Hannah Eaton
Naming Monsters by Hannah Eaton
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing, 1 Sep 2013
While this is nominally a graphic novel, there's fathoms more depth to it than that genre can often suggest. Eaton's craft with illustration is formidable, with discrete, deft application of pen/ pencil strokes subtly indicating distinct registers of tone - but where this book jumps into the realm of heart-punching brilliance is the marrying of illustration to well-developed, engaging narrative.

I heard an interview with the author on Radio 4 where the presenter suggested that this book was pitched somewhere around the late-teens market but that only serves the book well to a point - there's a great deal of retrospective affection for teenagers but a very smart interpolation of… Read more
Rock & Roll Hotels by Greg Simmons
Rock & Roll Hotels by Greg Simmons
It's one of those ideas so simple you wonder why no-one's done it before - everyone loves a good travel guide, and everyone knows that hotels are the rock star's home away from home. Why not combine the two?

Greg Simmons' first book (as far as I'm aware) manages to tick the box marked multi-purpose: planning a trip overseas and wanting a hotel with a difference? Stuck with travel guides that are great for restaurants, but don't tell you where you can catch the local rock scene? Struck-for-cash, but in need of some voyeuristic rock thrills? This is the book for you.

Perhaps the book's greatest achievement is in avoiding the trammels of being yet another dessicated… Read more

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