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Why do some books make you want to throw them across the room?

spolier warning

Books – specifically fantasy fiction books – are my passion. They’re a constant in my life. A way to comfort myself after a bad day. A way to stimulate my mind when it could easily sink into laziness, A way

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Frightening Five: Stories for Halloween

Frightening Five: Stories for Halloween

Yes, the Friday Five is back, but this time it’s got a spookier feel!

Here are five frightening Halloween stories to send shivers up your spine… read them tonight if you dare!

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Diverse fantasy: 5 great reads to get you started

Pumpkins of diverse shapes, colours and sizes via Hans at Pixabay

In my last review, I mentioned the difficulties I had in getting used to being thrust into an alien culture as a reader. This response via Twitter made me question whether perhaps we’re so used to the typical fantasy tropes

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The YALC Sessions: Fantasy

In the second part of my series on YALC, – the first ever Young Adult Literature Convention at London Film & Comic Con last weekend, I’m giving you the lowdown about what happened at the Fantasy talk. If you missed

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Book Review: The Prince’s Pen by Horatio Clare

The Prince’s Pen by Horatio Clare: 4 out of 5 stars The Invaders drones hear everything and miss nothing. England is now a defeated archipelago but somewhere in the higher ground to the far west, insurrection is brewing. The Prince’s

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Book Review: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett – 4 out of 5 stars A 1989 predecessor of Game of Thrones, Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth follows the fortunes of a wide case of characters through the war

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The Tale Goes On And Ever On: Tolkien’s Anniversary

Into the wild: Tolkien's tales of Middle Earth heralded a golden age for the keen fantasy reader

Yesterday (3rd January) was the 122nd anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien’s birth. All over the world, Tolkien scholars, societies and fans alike raised a glass to toast “The Professor” at 9pm wherever they were. At 9pm GMT, I joined my coursemates

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