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November 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: welcome to the wonderful world of Zoella ‘Blogging is all about community’ says Penny, the central character in Going Solo, the third novel from Zoe Suggs. You won’t need me to tell you that Suggs is better known as blogger Zoella, best-online-friend to millions and Penny, it seems, is closely based on the author herself. Like Zoella, Penny shares the ups and downs of her life with her band of online followers, including her details of her anxieties and panic attacks, which are described with impressive honesty. If Penny’s life is rather more glamourous than most – with an on-off pop star boyfriend, and fast-tracked career in photography beckoning – then it’s made clear too that she suffers just as much from insecurity and self-doubt as any of her readers, and that she gets through with the help of friends, family and that online community. It makes for a bright, breezy read and underneath the sparkle there’s a rather important message about life, and how to have a happy one. Ten million Instagram followers can’t all be wrong, you know. Readers who love this will also enjoy Holly Smale’s Geek Girl series and Cathy Cassidy’s Chocolate Box Girls series. ~ Andrea Reece
One of our Books of the Year 2016. December 2016 Book of the Month. Oh my, this is a clever, chilling, and penetrating read. 29 year old TV crime reporter Eve Singer looks for murder and mayhem, but she needs to watch out, as one particular killer is staring right back at her. The very first page made me stop, think, and look at death from a different perspective…then chapter one slammed into my consciousness. As Belinda Bauer introduces a new character, she injects a momentary pause in proceedings as we are given detailed access to their memories and thoughts. An instant and very intimate connection is created, which actually ensures the action constantly moves forwards and is kept incredibly and powerfully taut. As the coiled shocking noose of death wound ever tighter around the story I simply couldn’t put it down. With sharply spiked claws that hook into your mind and don't let go, ’The Beautiful Dead’ is a heart pounding and captivating read. ~ Liz Robinson
This is a welcome reissue for Pantomime, the first volume of Laura Lam’s sparkling and original fantasy trilogy. Set in a world not unlike our own 19th century it tells the story of Gene a teenager who runs away to join the circus. Lam weaves something very special from this familiar set-up. She takes chances, embraces the point of view of the outsider, the different and is not shy of leaving mystery to the reader. Gene comes from a wealthy and noble family but chafes at the roles open to her, for she feels herself to be an outsider. Gene is both male and female and lives in a world that isn’t ready to deal with such an ambiguity so she runs away and, posing as a boy, employs her climbing skills to join a travelling circus. Keeping her secret she can nevertheless draw comfort from the society of others who don’t quite fit. The world of the circus is richly and warmly described by Lam, though not sentimentally - this is no escape from a wider harshness. The world the circus moves on is one of harsh class divisions and great want. It contains relics of a lost civilisation and as Gene travels she learns more about the past, more about the possibility of an actual magic and more about the fears for a dark future. Evocative, strange and full of empathy, this is a novel about identity and the celebration of difference. It’s perfect for lovers of Angela Carter and Erin Morgenstern. ~ Simon Spanton
One of our Books of the Year 2016. The publisher’s blurb for this quirky novel certainly drew me to it especially since I am an enormous fan of his first, A Man Called Ove. I’m afraid I didn’t read his second (shame on me!). Here we have a woman who is definitely on ‘the spectrum’, who has at last left a cheating, domineering husband (when he had a heart attack in the arms of another woman) and must now earn a living. She will not accept that the Job Centre has nothing for her and is eventually given a dead-end, short-term job as caretaker in a closing sports centre in a dying town. She ends up coaching the local kids’ football team in a delightful, warm-hearted tale of great charm. How she wins everyone round and makes a life for herself is poignantly realised. A lovely read.
December 2016 eBook of the Month. Absolutely thrilling… this is a fast-paced, firecracker of a read, set in Europe as the Second World War is brewing. Why is Luke Hamilton, intelligence officer at the British Embassy in Paris the target of an assassination attempt? As Luke tries to outrun his pursuers he begins to uncover the secret of his past. The words set the action so clearly in my mind, it didn't feel as though I was looking back in time, it actually felt as though I was there. Mark Mills allows you more knowledge than the characters, consequently, the tension skyrockets as the story constantly accelerates forward. An artful balance is maintained, at no point does this feel out of control as there are moments of stillness, of contemplation and anticipation. I reached the end and felt very satisfied indeed, ‘Where Dead Men Meet’ just begs to be continued as a series, please say it will be, please! ~ Liz Robinson
In a Nutshell: Epic illustrated short stories | A colossal collection of illustrated short stories about the star of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. Previously released separately in eBook format, this lavish volume of short stories makes a great gift for all Cassandra Clare aficionados. Co-written by Cassandra Clare and other acclaimed authors (Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman), the ten tales explore the escapades of Simon Lewis through his Shadowhunter training. The writing is sharp, the characters sassy and the world-building is incredibly evocative, while the pull-out poster and cool comic-style illustrations make this a mega-must-have collector’s item that will deepens fans’ immersion in Clare’s epic world. ~ Joanne Owen
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The prolific science fiction and fantasy British author James Lovegrove switches literary roads and begins a new, promising series, The Cthulhu Casebooks in which the worlds of Conan Doyle and H.P. Lovecraft mingle to interesting effect, and Holmes and Watson will confront the weird and horrors from the depths. This is thoroughly enjoyable pulp in the grand old tradition as Watson, back from his harrowing combat experiences in Afghanistan, becomes Holmes' sidekick to investigate a series of curious deaths in London's East End, which appear linked to a sinister Oriental drug lord but soon uncover a web of worrisome connections to the supernatural and forces beyond human ken. Atmospheric, wading through London's proverbial fog, our hardy sleuths are soon confronted by abominable powers from the other side and their adventures are both momentous and joyous. Perfect entertainment in a handsome small hardcover format. ~ Maxim Jakubowski Simon Spanton's view... Now this is a lot of fun. I don’t know of many authors better equipped to weave together the inventions of Arthur Conan Doyle and H.P. Lovecraft than New York Times bestseller James Lovegrove. A long-time and talented genre author he is also utterly steeped in everything Holmesian. He has a knack for recreating 19th prose and a dry wit. He really is the perfect author for this book, which will be the first of three. In an amusing prologue Lovegrove recounts how he has been left these manuscripts by a relative of H.P. Lovecraft. The similarity between their names is not entirely coincidental, it seems. So, with questions asked and no answers given the game’s afoot and we’re in to Doctor Watson’s story. And this story, of a nineteenth century world haunted by the Old Ones, and the vile deity Cthulhu in particular, and of Watson and Holmes’ encounters with their worshippers, is the REAL story. According to Watson, the Holmes stories we know were tales he concocted to cover the eldritch truth. And with emaciated and dried out corpses and moving shadows in Shadwell we are off on the first adventure and Lovegrove lets the doctor spin a tight and action packed tale. Lovegrove’s Holmes and Watson are perfect. If you loved the original Holmes stories, if you loved Anthony Horowitz’s recent Holmes books, if you love the cosmic horrors of Lovecraft you’ll love this. An absolute hoot. ~ Simon Spanton
Set in our not-so-distant future, award-winning Tricia Sullivan’s new novel is, at one level, an engaging and exciting man-hunt that takes us on a pell-mell race across the world in pursuit of a killer carrying something crucial and frightening in an attache case. There is mystery, there are chases, there are fights (including a heartstopping one in and out of a plane), there is danger. There’s also Sullivan’s startling and often beautiful prose and her ready wit. But this is much more than an SF caper novel. Our protagonist, Pearl, has extra-dimensional wings that come into being when she’s threatened. She doesn’t have many memories. She may be an angel but she’s not sure. She needs to know not just who she is, but what she is. And her quarry? He’s a killer wearing another man’s body and the case he’s carrying is a door to another universe. There are ideas and concepts here to astound anyone and in the hands of a less expert author it would be all too easy for them to spin the novel out of control but Sullivan keeps the reader locked in to her roller-coaster plot. Key to this is Pearl who, wings notwithstanding, is utterly ordinary and believable; a beautifully developed, intelligent, sometimes scared, usually resourceful and fiercely spirited heroine. Sullivan can bring fans of Lauren Beukes and Richard Morgan alike along for these thrills and surreal ideas. ~ Simon Spanton Maxim Jakubowski's view... Pearl is an angel and works for the Resistance. But, in truth, she doesn’t really know who she is and what she is working towards. The organisation is an occult group attempting to change the world in small, invisible ways and Pearl begins to question their motivation and methods. As if her confusion and troubled dreams of flight and fall and apocalypse weren’t enough, she is on a mission to seek out a killer who is wearing another man’s body, and constantly switches between personas, who carries and protects a mysterious suitcase which might actually be a key to the secrets of the universe as well as being a lethal weapon or a means of salvation. No wonder Pearl is mixed-up. Conspiracies galore, questions about the nature of identity, brilliant evocative writing never detract from the unceasing pace of Sullivan’s, a past Arthur C. Clarke Ward winner, futuristic fantasy thriller. Heralds a major new series. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
In a Nutshell: Raw revenge | Exploitative institution | Brightening bonds | An unforgettable novel about revenge, abuses of authority and the redemptive power of friendship. After witnessing his parents’ murder, Trey is sent to bleak Camp Kernow, a correctional institution for young offenders. Here, under the command of religious obsessives who are directed by the all-powerful Preacher, the inmates are set to work farming and slaughtering cattle in the name of salvation. But Trey has his own agenda. He’s there to avenge his parents’ killer, driven by an internal demon that “poked at him with talons and threatened to bust from the inside out”. Amidst an environment of ruthless bullying, and shocking revelations about what’s really going on around the camp, Trey forms friendships with shrewd Kay and ‘crazy’ Lamby. And when chaos is unleashed, these unexpected alliances become crucial to any chance of survival. This gripping novel explores challenging themes with ferocious flair and fearless originality. It will surely inspire much thought and discussion about, for example, what purpose revenge serves, trust, abuses of power, and whether anyone is simply “bad for the kick of things”, or whether people grow bad “like bacteria on foul meat”. Highly recommended for fans of Meg Rosoff and Patrick Ness. ~ Joanne Owen
There are ghosts here and jovial spirits. Chances at love and tricks with time. There is frost and icicles, mistletoe and sledges. There's a cat and a dog and a solid silver frog. There's a Christmas cracker with a surprising gift inside. There's a haunted house and a SnowMama. There are Yuletides and holly wreaths. Three Kings. And a merry little Christmas time. And for the icing on the Christmas cake, there are twelve festive recipes from Yuletides past and present. Red cabbage, gravlax, turkey biryani, sherry trifle, Mrs Winterson's mince pies and more.
A completely updated trawl through tongue scorching invective from the ancient world to yesterday (almost). As well as being breathtakingly rude so many of the comments are outrageously funny although anyone on the receiving end of such rudeness can only comfort themselves at some of the spectacular errors of judgement in history. How about this journalist’s comment “…a slang-whanging stump-speaker of which all parties are ashamed….” This was about Abraham Lincoln one of an endless parade of public figures to be misjudged. Mathew Parris has done a fine job in rounding up this parade of invective choosing the best of the skewering and the blackest of barbs. ~ Sue Baker Like for Like Reading The Biteback Dictionary of Humorous Political Quotations, Fred Metcalf (Editor) Shakespeare’s Insults Desk Diary 2017 Hardback 96 pages Flame Tree Publishing 23rd August 2016 9781783618767
December 2016 Book of the Month. St Andrews in the 16th century is once again brought to captivating vibrant life. With allegations of ghosts, witches, the Spanish Armada and high jinks, the year 1588 is full of life… and death. If you adore the ‘Hew Cullan Mystery’ series then you are in for an absolute treat, as in this ‘Calendar of Crime’ are five different books. They may be short, but each packs a punch as Hew uses his investigative skills in an attempt to solve 5 different mysteries. Shirley McKay sets you so completely in that time that awareness settles over you like a cloak as you read. The very different tales take place in various parts of town, and while the same core characters travel with you through the year, you also greet new ones along the way. The historical notes section and glossary at the end is an interesting read in itself. You can dip in and out of ‘1588: A Calendar of Crime’ and read it as five fascinating stories, or completely immerse yourself in it as I did, and read it one satisfying sitting.
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