• With Child by Andy Martin
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    With Child by Andy Martin (Review)

    Yesterday, about half an hour after I read the last line of With Child by Andy Martin–Lee Child saying, ‘I’m with Kakfa – the meaning of life is that it ends.’–I sat down to write a piece about Wayne Holloway’s debut novel, Bindlestiff. My mind still swirling with the world I had been immersed in over the past week with its discussions about crime and ‘crime’, about writing practices and the truth of fiction, about the death of the author, metaphorical or otherwise, dying (there was an almost morbid preoccupation with this, if I’m being honest)…and, well, reading all the…

  • The Muse of Nightmares - Laini Taylor
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    The Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (Review)

    The Muse of Nightmares picks up right where Strange the Dreamer ended on a cliffhanger. The first few chapters have this frenetic energy that sucks you in and it’s great to be already invested in these characters. But, then there is the introduction of two new characters in a parallel narrative which was initially confusing and took time away from the main narrative. I started to settle into it a little when that storyline abruptly (seemingly) fizzled out. By the time the two storylines intersected in the final 150 pages, I was past caring. Here is why: The genre inexplicably…

  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
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    Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (Review)

    I have had Strange the Dreamer on my to-read list for the longest time. I mean, just look at that cover! It was definitely what initially caught my eye before I read the synopsis and was intrigued. “You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable,” she pleaded. “Something beautiful and full of monsters.” “Beautiful and full of monsters?” “All the best stories are.”  Strange is the last name of foundlings of unknown parentage in the city of Zosma. Lazlo Strange grew up in a monastery before finding an unexpected but delightful freedom from that life thanks to a deep…

  • The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
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    The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

    Alexa and Drew are two thirty-somethings who have a meet-cute when the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco loses power, temporarily trapping them in the elevator. Alexa is head of staff for the mayor, while Drew is a pediatric surgeon from LA in town for the wedding of his ex-girlfriend and one of his best friends. Stranded without a date, he impulsively asks Alexa to be his plus-one. After the wedding, they keep up with weekend visits and it is soon turning into more. But Drew is staunchly committment-phobic. How will they work it out? I tried to go into this…

  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
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    Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Review)

    Imagine a deadly lightning-fast virus that decimates 99% of the world’s population without warning. Imagine surviving such a cataclysmic event and having to adjust to a world nothing like anyone has ever known. Flung back in time, before electricity and planes and antibiotics and the internet. Except, this is nothing like time travel. Not when many of the survivors remember exactly what it was like. Remember everyone they lost. Remember the world before the end of civilisation as we all know it. The story begins dramatically, literally and thematically. In Toronto’s Elgin Theatre, during a performance of King Lear, aging…

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