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Review: The Promise of the Child (Amaranthine Spectrum #1), by Tom Toner

It’s more than 12,000 years in the future, and humanity’s children among the stars are a collective of engineered species divided into the Amaranthine Firmament, ruled by the exceptionally long-lived but fading Amaranthine, and the Prism Investiture of lesser, shorter-lived … Continue reading

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Review: The Complete Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle

My first entry of the year in the ‘I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet’ column. I’m usually fairly adamant about reading source material before seeing adaptations of it, but with Sherlock Holmes, the many adaptations are so ubiquitous … Continue reading

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Review: The Glass God (Magicals Anonymous #2), by Kate Griffin

Shaman and community support officer to the supernaturally inclined Sharon Li has her hands full enough running London’s first magical support group, Magicals Anonymous, when the Midnight Mayor unhelpfully disappears and leaves her in charge of figuring out why. The … Continue reading

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Review: Stray Souls (Magicals Anonymous #1), by Kate Griffin

Stray Souls is the first in the Magicals Anonymous series, which follows on from the Matthew Swift series. It contains spoilers for the Matthew Swift books, and so will this review. If you’ve yet to read any of Kate Griffin’s … Continue reading

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Review: The Minority Council (Matthew Swift #4), by Kate Griffin

Matthew Swift, Midnight Mayor, has a tendency to begin his adventures by being dropped in the shit without a paddle; for once, the shit is something he kind of brings into his life of his own accord. After a one-night … Continue reading

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Review: The Neon Court (Matthew Swift #3), by Kate Griffin

Someone has summoned the Midnight Mayor. Matthew Swift, reluctant holder of the title, finds himself coming to in a burning building, called upon to rescue the sometime-ally with a habit of occasionally calling for his head. But when they escape, … Continue reading

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Review: The Midnight Mayor (Matthew Swift #2), by Kate Griffin

When you are half comprised of an entity that began existence as the remnants of voices left in the telephone wires and the emotions they carried, it’s difficult to resist answering the phone. When you are also half comprised of … Continue reading

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Review: A Madness of Angels (Matthew Swift #1), by Kate Griffin

Matthew Swift, London sorcerer, died two years ago. Now Matthew Swift walks the streets of London again — but this Matthew has different-coloured eyes, and electric angels in his blood. Something has been eradicating sorcerers in his absence, something with … Continue reading

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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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