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Review: The Old Curiosity Shop, by Charles Dickens

I have difficulty talking about The Old Curiosity Shop. This is my third attempt at writing a review for it. It’s one of my least favourite Dickens novels, and that ought to make it an easy topic for review, because … Continue reading

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Review: The Palace of Glass (The Forbidden Library #3), by Django Wexler

Alice and Ending have been working on a plan to exact vengeance against Geryon for the careless killing of Alice’s father. Under Ending’s tutelage, Alice has been learning to Write, to start to construct her own spells. It’s going to … Continue reading

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Review: The Mad Apprentice (The Forbidden Library #2), by Django Wexler

It’s been six months since Alice moved to the Library and began her training as a Reader, and in that time she’s acquired more powers, but little information on her father’s fate. Geryon doesn’t seem especially motivated to look into … Continue reading

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Review: The Forbidden Library (The Forbidden Library #1), by Django Wexler

Twelve-year-old Alice is a stickler for the rules. She certainly wasn’t trying to eavesdrop when, late one night, she overheard her father’s heated conversation with a fairy, and about her, of all things. Nor could she find it in her … Continue reading

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Review: Europe at Midnight (Fractured Europe #2), by Dave Hutchinson

Separate from the Community, but overlapping the geography of our world’s Europe in the same fashion, is a pocket universe called the Campus, which, true to its name, is made up of a giant university. Unlike the citizens of the … Continue reading

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Review: Europe in Autumn (Fractured Europe #1), by Dave Hutchinson

From the moment his childhood television first blinked on to the sight of a cooking show, all Rudi ever wanted was to be a chef. Abusive bosses and sabotaging family members weren’t enough to stop him from working his way … Continue reading

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Review: The Killing Jar, by Jennifer Bosworth

17-year-old Kenna has been living with a secret for years, the secret of a life she took, the secret of the dark and blissful power with which she took it. She’s grown up keeping everyone at arm’s length for their … Continue reading

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Review: Fledgling, by Octavia E. Butler

A young girl awakens in a cave, blind, aware only of pain and the need for fresh meat, fresh blood. As her sight returns and she begins to heal, she also begins to discover her own nature, that beneath the … Continue reading

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Review: The Complete Lyonesse, by Jack Vance

The Lyonesse trilogy shares a commonality with The Lord of the Rings in that it forms one novel which is commonly divided into three to its detriment. It’s a book that is much greater than the sum of its parts; … Continue reading

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Review: Ilario: The Lion’s Eye, by Mary Gentle

Set in the same world as Ash: A Secret History, a few decades earlier, Ilario follows the exploits of a young intersex painter as their voyage to learn from an artist pioneering the adoption of perspective to replace the old … Continue reading

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