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Review: The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton

A peculiar tale of life in 17th century Amsterdam with an unnerving mystery at it's heart. You feel for Petranella, the main character who is married off to a wealthy Venetian Merchant. The novel opens as she moves into his peculiar household ocupied by his cold sister, African Man-Servant and curious Maid. She is held… Continue reading Review: The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton

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Review: The Mechanical – Ian Tregillis

The Mechanical is a piece of speculative fiction which tells of an alternative history in which the Netherlands have unlocked the power to bring clockwork to life using alchemy. The last stronghold against the empirical might of the Dutch is Marseille in the West, home to the King of France in exile. Playing her part… Continue reading Review: The Mechanical – Ian Tregillis

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New Year, New Book Goals

Hey Everyone and Happy New Year! Praise be that 2017 is over with! What an absolute bloody nightmare! We're all here now though and ready to embark on new challenges whilst also having our sanity mauled by the pressures of modern life. Hoorah! I've taken a little bit of time to reflect on what I've… Continue reading New Year, New Book Goals

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Favourite Authors: Raymond Carver

This week marks the anniversary of Raymond Carver's death. It's prompted me to revisit his collected stories. I always find that they resonate with me as strongly on re-reading them despite time and changes in my life. The stories look scathingly at moments of life. Transcending the ordinary and turning it into something unique and… Continue reading Favourite Authors: Raymond Carver

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Review: Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

So. Wuthering Heights. I've really been trying to embrace some classic fiction in an attempt to broaden my literary horizons. Rather than, you know, reading books I know I'll enjoy. I took on this novel thinking that I'd hate it but I actually I quite liked it, even if it has increased my urge to… Continue reading Review: Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

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Opinion: Quit or power through? The bad book dilemma.

When you're 50 pages in and hating every syllable what's a bibliophile to do? Do you keep reading, hoping that some new wisdom will penetrate your cranium? Or do you quit and accept that it's just not meant to be?  I like to think I'm not a quitter. I try to give authors and their… Continue reading Opinion: Quit or power through? The bad book dilemma.