Fiction, Reviews

Review: “Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jesmyn Ward

What can I say - one of the best novels of the year so far. "Sing, Unburied, Sing" is part Southern Gothic, part American road novel, part Steinbeck-esque story of people and place. It explores not only the family dynamic of Jojo, his grandparents and his drug addicted mother, but also their ties through the ages - to the dead and the living.

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Review: “The House Between Tides” by Sarah Maine

The relentless summer sun of the US East Coast has had me, perversely, hankering for grey skies and sparse landscapes, and as such I've been picking up a fair few novels set in Scotland recently. The gorgeous moody cover of Sarah Maine's debut novel drew me in immediately, as did the back cover descriptions of a gothic and atmospheric novel with a good old dose of murder and mystery. It was just what I needed.

Fiction, Reviews

Review: “The Witchfinder’s Sister” by Beth Underdown

A new perspective on one of Britain's darkest periods of history. Before the Salem witch trials there was Matthew Hopkins - Britain's self-appointed Witchfinder General. This chilling tale looks at what happened in the years between 1645 and 1647 when he held sway over East Anglia, through the eyes of his widowed sister Alice.

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Review: “Revenants: The Odyssey Home”

This book was always going to have an epic hill to climb as a re-telling of Homer’s “The Odyssey”. By its very nature it was going to have to be expansive both in time and location, not to mention language and structure - all very problematic for an author... There are some elements of this that Scott Kauffman has really nailed and, as to be expected, others that slip through his grasp. In light of this, I am completely torn with this book.

Fiction, Reviews, Vintage

Bottoms Up with “The Thin Man”

Would vintage 1930s New York be useful for helping me acclimatise? No. But it was jolly entertaining. Dashiell Hammett's "The Thin Man' is sparse and very of its time. The characters are almost entirely unlikeable, apart from Nora, and it's a miracle anyone was able to get any deducing done given that they all seem… Continue reading Bottoms Up with “The Thin Man”