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21st Century Dodos: A Collection of Endangered Obj&hellip by Steve Stack
If you want to feel prehistoric while simultaneously reliving the joys of your childhood, this book is for you! That's assuming that you were around in the 1970s and 1980s, otherwise much of 21st Century Dodos will feel inexplicably bizarre.

Steve Stack has assembled a collection of things that are either now extinct or rarely seen these days. These aren't just limited to gadgets, foodstuffs or TV adverts they don't make any more, but also include activities, ways of doing things and even concepts. So alongside entries for 'Rotary Dial Telephones', 'Candy Cigarettes' and 'Humphreys' you will also find 'Mixtapes', 'Half-day Closing' and 'Waiting Ages for American Films to Come… Read more
Ravenfold by Kath Middleton
Ravenfold by Kath Middleton
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This is an engaging and confident first book from a natural storyteller. Kath Middleton was already well-known as a reviewer of fiction and a champion of indie authors everywhere, but now it seems she's going to successfully carve a new career as an author herself!

Ravenfold is a tale of families, power and revenge, set in medieval England. This is portrayed with just enough detail to feel authentic, although the focus is less on history and more on the characters. When young Romelda is forcibly married to the monstrous Lord Oswald, her life and those of her parents and friends are twisted out of shape forever. The story takes some surprising dramatic turns along the way,… Read more
100 One Hundred Word Tales by Jonathan Hill
100 One Hundred Word Tales by Jonathan Hill
One of the modern masters of the drabble format, Jonathan Hill gives us a hundred original stories of precisely one hundred words each. This collection shows off a huge amount of creativity, imagination and mischievous wordplay, with drabbles across a range of genres from comedy to tragedy.

It's tempting to sit down and consume this book in one go, as each drabble is so quick and easy to read. But many of them are subtle and require digestion, while others deserve to linger in your mind for a while, rather than being blown away by the next great little tale.

Although each works as a standalone, some are part of mini-arcs such as 'The History of Art Revealed' and 'Stage… Read more