Medieval mystery: A Morbid Taste for Bones reviewed


I was a big fan of the Cadfael TV show when I was younger, so I was interested to see what the stories would be like in literary form. The good bits: Cadfael himself is just as good as Derek

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In the bleak prehistoric midwinter: The Reindeer People reviewed

The Reindeer People by Megan Lindholm

You’ll probably know Megan Lindholm better as Robin Hobb, the celebrated author of the Realms of the Elderlings series, where we met the Farseer family, the Liveship Traders and the inhabitants of the Rainwilds. The Reindeer People swaps the high

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So how did I do? Summer reading progress update

Summer Reading Update

I know, I know. It has been too long since you’ve had a proper update from me. There I was, cheerily listing my planned reading over Easter, and the next thing you know it’s radio silence and summer is here

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Darkness and doom abound… Ours is The Storm reviewed

Ours is the Storm by D Thourson Palmer

I think this wants to be a Grimdark epic fantasy. You can imagine the author having a big wordcloud of terms like “grim”, “dark”, “hopeless”, “dystopian” and “doom” above their desk. And it’s true that they certainly manage to evoke

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This Easter, I will mostly be reading…

Easter reads

I’ve challenged myself to read 60 books by the end of the year. That’s just over one a week. Work and volunteer projects and family life have all conspired to make March a slow reading month, so I’ve set myself

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Dark magic afoot! The Raven’s Head reviewed

The Raven's Head by Karen Maitland

The word “dark” might have been invented for this book! Just look at that cover – it’s like the beginning of Snow White when the queen wishes for a baby as “white as snow, dark as ebony, red as blood“.

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Book Review: Walking the Labyrinth

Walking the Labyrinth by Lisa Goldstein

Walking the Labyrith may work for fans of writers like Sarah Addison and Alice Hoffman, who enjoy magical realism, but it wasn’t for me I’m afraid.

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