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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part I

REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Pt I

Bit of a review of HP&tCC Part I but mostly just wild speculation for Part II 🙂 come discuss!

Books | FantasyFiction | Review | Young adult

Book review of How the Marquis got his Coat Back by Neil GaimanREVIEW: How the Marquis Got His Coat Back – Gaiman

A short but densely packed Neverwhere story about everyone’s favourite marquis. Needless to say, it contains a fairly major spoiler for Neverwhere – you have been warned.

Books | FantasyFiction | Review | Young adult

REVIEW: Red Dog – Louis de BernièresBook review: Red Dog – Louis de Bernières

A pioneering and undomesticated (indeed, undomesticatable) red cloud kelpie, Red Dog spends his years travelling Western Australia, befriending countless humans (and one particularly stoic cat) and generally acting his own master.

Books | Fiction | Review

REVIEW: Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haigreasons to stay alive matt haig

The hopeful narrative of someone who’s been through the proverbial valley of death and emerged, perhaps not unscathed, but emerged nonetheless.

Books | Non-fiction | Review

The Perks of Being a WallflowerREVIEW: The Perks of Being a Wallflower – S. Chbosky

An experience of adolescence as engaging as Catcher in the Rye – but a lot more optimistic.

Fiction | Review | Young adult

Book review: Seabrook Song of the Shirt - Jeremy Seabrook

REVIEW: The Song of the Shirt – J. Seabrook

At once a fascinating and deeply sobering portrayal of ‘the rags of humanity’.

Books | Non-fiction | Review

Book review: The Deathsniffer's Assistant

REVIEW: The Deathsniffer’s Assistant – Kate McIntyre

This book chewed up Sherlock Holmes with a fistful of fairy dust and spat out a masterpiece.


FantasyReview | Young adult

REVIEW: Don’t Vote for Me – Krista Van Dolzerdont vote for me

David is a 12-year-old band geek at Shepherd’s Vale Middle School, where his big mouth lands him in hot water yet again when he finds himself signed up to the race for class president, a position hitherto held unanimously by the super popular Veronica Pritchard-Pratt…

Children’s fiction | Review

SchismREVIEW: The Sunderland Vol. 1: Schism – Jon Renzella & Eric Weiss

Schism is the first volume in The Sunderland trilogy of graphic novels by Jon Renzella in conjunction with Eric Weiss that addresses the tribal nature of humans – and it is made up entirely of woodcuts…

ComicsGraphic novels | Review | Sci-fi

EXCERPT & GIVLionspride1EAWAY! The Lion’s Pride – Natalie Crown

An excerpt and giveaway to commemorate the release of The Lion’s Pride by Natalie Crown, the second book of the Semei trilogy.

Blog tours | FantasyGiveaways | Young adult

SketchbookProject_Cover_webREVIEW: The Sketchbook Project World Tour – S. and S. E. Peterman

The Sketchbook Project World Tour is more than just a book of pictures – it’s a way to get an intimate glimpse into the minds of artists the world over…

Illustrated booksReview

calligraphyREVIEW: Complete Guide to Calligraphy – Vivien Lunniss

Written by acclaimed calligrapher Vivien Lunniss, this book provides all the guidance you need to go from utter typographical novice to a pro…

CraftsIllustrated booksReview

REVIEW: Luck in the Shadows – Lynn FlewellingLuck in the Shadows

The first book in Flewelling’s Nightrunner series, Luck in the Shadows follows the delicious adventure-fantasy tradition of near-constant peril, swashbuckling combat and insidious dark magic…

Fantasy | LGBTQI

REVIEW: Prudence and the Crowspace_merchants

Review of the Prudence and the Crow monthly vintage book subscription service.

Now featuring my cat Gaius.


REVIEW: Just Business – Anna Zabojust business

This was my first foray into Anna Zabo’s writing and so I really wasn’t sure what to expect – fortunately I didn’t have to wait long as the story won me over within the breadth of two chapters. And I was trying to be a bit cynical, you know? But turns out that that’s a bit hard to do when you’re faced with this much sexual tension…

LGBTQI | Review

GIVEAWAY: Wake – Elizabeth Knox (UK only!)wake

UPDATE: Giveaway ended

A giveaway of the horror novel Wake (read the review here!).

Giveaways | Horror

REVIEW: Sentinel – Joshua WinningSentinel

‘What is a Sentinel? A guard. A detective. A killer…’ 

A promising start to the trilogy, Sentinel is exactly the sort of book that I used to love to burn through as a teenager – fantastic, angsty and a little bit dark…

FantasyReview | Young adult

REVIEW and Q&A: Panther – David OwenPanther by David Owen

Bold and moving, Panther is more than a story – it’s an exploration of how depression affects not only the sufferer, but the people around them…

Includes a question and answer session with the author, David Owen.

Author Q&A | Blog toursChildren’s fiction | Review | Young adult

REVIEW: Max the Brave – Ed Veremax

Max the Brave is a charming story about an adventurous little cat whose curiosity gets him in a bit of hot water…

Children’s fiction | Illustrated booksReview

REVIEW: DaylighDaylightt after a Century – George Jerjian

A collection of 100 photographs of pre-1915 Ottoman life in Eastern Anatolia, taken by the author’s grandfather, and a visual investigation into the lost society that preceded the Armenian Genocide.


REVIEW: The Gracekeepers – Kirsty Logangracekeepers

The Gracekeepers is a gentle and beautiful work of dystopian speculative fiction that makes for a contemplative read, with likeable characters and an imaginative setting.


Dystopian fictionReview

antigoneREVIEW: The Antigone Poems – M. Slaight & T. Tasker

A modern portrayal of the experience of Sophocles’ AntigoneThe Antigone Poems warrants multiple rereads and it isn’t easy going; it’s intense, vocal and anguished.

Illustrated books | PoetryReview

REVIEW: Simon vs simonthe Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

A funny and light high school romantic drama that’s easy to read and relate to, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda follows Simon, a ‘not-so-openly gay’ sixteen-year-old whose secret falls into the hands of a classmate when he leaves himself logged into his email on a school computer.

LGBTQI | Review | Summer reads | Young adult

REVIEW: The Honours – Tim Clarethe honours

When thirteen-year-old Delphine and her parents relocate to Alderberen Hall to join a strange and elite society for the ‘perpetual improvement of man’, she is immediately suspicious…


FantasyReview | Young adult

REVIEW: Wake – Elizabeth Knoxwake

Wake is a sci-fi survivor story that follows a group of people who suddenly find themselves in a living hell. Isolated from the rest of the world by a strange, hazy force field, the group must learn to survive in the aftermath of a murderous frenzy, in the prison of a ghost town that conceals a deadly secret…

Horror | Review | Sci-fi

REVIEW: The Boy boy who lost fairylandWho Lost Fairyland – C. Valente

This book is utter nonsense… you’re going to love it.


Children’s fiction | Fantasy | Illustrated books | Review | Young adult

REVIEW & GIVEchronicles from chateau moinesAWAY: Chronicles from Château Moines – E. Holingue

UPDATE: Giveaway ended

Chronicles from Château Moines is a story about a group of kids learning to get along in their simple world that’s made up of school, friends and family.

Blog toursChildren’s fiction | GiveawaysReview | Young adult

Myths and legends: The origins of HoliHoli festival

Every spring, India, Nepal and various other parts of the world erupt in a beautiful cacophony of colours to celebrate the Hindu festival Holi – and the legends that surround Holi are as vibrant as the festival of colours itself.

Short stories

REVIEW: Griffin and Sabine – Nick BantockGriffin and Sabine

A story made up of quirky postcards sent between an artist and a woman half a world away…

Illustrated books | Review

Beautiful books for World Book Day!Under Wildwood bk 2

I take a look at some of the gorgeous cover art flying about this World Book Day.


Handsome pictures

REVIEW: The Raven’s Head – Karen MaitlandThe Raven's Head – Karen Maitland

The Raven’s Head is a dark tale of secret rituals and black magic, and the children who get tangled up in an alchemist’s pursuit of the ultimate power…


Children’s fiction | FantasyReview | Young adult

REVIEW: Trees: VTreesol. 1 – Warren Ellis & Jason Howard

A vibrant new comic filled with wonderfully orchestrated narratives, excellent characters and diversity…


ComicsGraphic novels | Review | Sci-fi

ErenREVIEW: Eren – Simon P. Clark

Despite what his family tells him, Oli knows this isn’t just a regular vacation; something has happened, something big, and no one wants him to find out what it is. But that isn’t the only strange thing. There’s also Eren.

Children’s fiction | FantasyReview | Young adult


Discover the work of Shaun Tan, illustrator extraordinaire.

Children’s fiction | Fantasy |Graphic novels | Review | Spotlight: illustrator

GIVEAWAY: The Manneken Pis – N. Carawaymane

UPDATE: Giveaway ended



REVIEW: The Age of Magic – Ben Okriben okri age of magic

This is a book about the search for truth, happiness, and the power of emotion and experience to alter perception.



REVIEW: Trigger Trigger_WarningWarning: Short Fictions & Disturbances – Neil Gaiman

Gaiman’s third collection of short stories is an assortment of haunting encounters with the unsettling and the uncanny, with the secret other world that lies beneath our own.


Anthology | FantasyReview | Short stories

REVIEW: CharlottCharlottee, Wander on – M. Cubberly and I. Kovalova

Charlotte must traverse a land populated by shadows and monsters to save her brother…

Children’s fiction | Fantasy | PoetryReview

REVIEW: CapitalCapital: A Portrait of Twenty-First Century Delhi – R. Dasgupta

Capital is the story of a country used and savaged by a brute capitalism, which has churned out a generation that is deeply divided. Weaving together more than a century of history with interviews, observations and family history, Dasgupta presents us with an intoxicating literary portrait of one of this century’s fastest-growing megalopolises.

Non-fictionReview | Semi-/biographical

REVIEW: The YoThe Youngest Butcher in Illinois – Robert Ostromungest Butcher in Illinois – Robert Ostrom

A collection of poems in free verse and prose poetry reflecting the themes of family ties and family history, of relationships perceived and imagined.


PoetryReview | Semi-/biographical

REVIEW: The Epic of Clair – E. C. HansenThe Epic of Clair

The synopsis heralds Clair’s “heroic quest for purpose and belonging” as “the perfect literary epic for our uncertain times” – and it’s not wrong.


PoetryReview | Young adult

REVIEW: The Mediator Pattern – J. D. LeeTMP_Edition_3_compressed

Jaded, chain-smoking Marcus Metiline gets out of bed, foggy-minded and beaten up, to carry out a mediation job for BelisCo, a company synonymous with all the latest breakthrough technology in San Jose. Chatting with the usual blonde waitress at Café Diem, Marcus has no idea that the day will lead to the unravelling of his entire world.

Review | Sci-fi

Click for more illustrations by the incredible Mary GrandPré!

Harry Potter series winter re-read and read-along!

Group re-read of Harry Potter!

Weird Lies – Cherry Potts and Katy Darby (eds)weird lies

An anthology of ‘science fiction, fantasy and strange stories’ from Liars’ League, Weird Lies brings together a broad range of styles and themes in an array of delectable morsels.


Anthology | Review | Short stories

REVIEW: Anthem – Ayn RandAnthem – Ayn Rand

A brief literary analysis of Ayn Rand’s novella.



Dystopian fictionReview

Five Excellent Banned Booksbanned

Celebrate Banned Book Week by discovering your new favourite novels…

Books | Comics

REVIEW: The Lines – Eli WildeThe Lines, by Eli Wilde

Eli Wilde’s collection of poetry is an enjoyable journey, accessible (rather than ‘high’ or dense) and simple to digest.



The Art of Asking – Amanda F. PalmerThe Art of Asking – Amanda Palmer

Info on Amanda Palmer’s upcoming debut, The Art of Asking or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help.


Books | Semi-/biographical

Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil GaimanHoliday favourites

A few recommendations for fabulous summer reads, old style.


Comics Holiday reads Short stories | Summer reads | Young adult

REVIEW: Drumhelladrumr Vol. 1: Badlands and Bad Trips – R. Rossmo

Welcome to Drumhellar, a weird and wonderful world of floating ghost cats and embryonic radio hosts.


 Comics | Review

REVIEW: Two mathematical comics!adven

Reviews of Adventure Time Volume 1 by Ryan North and friends, and Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake, written and illustrated by the glorious Natasha Allegri.


Comics | Fiction | Review

REVIEW: A Streestreett Cat Named Bob – James Bowen

The story of two best buds making their way in the world.


Books | Review Semi-/biographical

ythlastREVIEW: Y: The Last Man (Book 1) – Brian K. Vaughan

Something has killed off all the men on Earth – well, almost all. As the last man alive, Yorick is humanity’s last hope – and the last of the patriarchy.


Comics | Review

REVIEW: Oh, Whisoh whistletle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad – M. R. James

A review of a short story from the master of horror, M. R. James…


Horror | Review | Short stories

REVIEW: World Fwfbood Café Vegetarian Bible – Chris and Carolyn Caldicott

If you’re interested in the cuisine of Africa, the Caribbean or the Middle East (to list just a few regions), I would recommend this book very, very highly.


Cookbooks | Review

faultREVIEW: The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

A review of John Green’s bestseller (and soon-to-be hit film) The Fault in Our Stars.


Books | Fiction | Young adult