20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill

I knew it wouldn’t be long before I broke my New Year’s reading resolution . My aim for this year was to stop resorting to tried and tested favourite authors, and to branch out into new and crucially better books – not relying on the same old horror/thriller fall-backs time after time! That resolution lasted, […]

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The Kafenion by Victoria Hislop

All The Kafenion really has going for it is atmosphere. Hislop has a huge talent when it comes to evoking Greece, particularly through tastes and textures, but this bite-sized morsel is too minuscule for substance. In it, we encounter twins with wildly differing ideas over business ownership, to the point that their mother performs a […]

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Lyra’s Oxford by Philip Pullman

This is a lovely little story, but somewhat lacking in substance. Given the ending of The Amber Spyglass, it’s fantastic to be able to check back in on Lyra and Pan two years down the line and follow them around for one more adventure. It’s just a very compact, bitesize little adventure, that isn’t quite […]

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