Author Archives: Ela

REVIEW: Inceptio – Alison Morton

(self-published/SilverWood Books 2013) The premise for this book, the first in a series set in Roma Nova, is that Rome never really died out, but colonisers left the city during the downfall of the Roman Empire to found a new … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

(Macmillan 2014) I picked this up in Foyles in Stratford a few weeks ago, having vaguely remembered that Jenny at Reading the End had enjoyed Eleanor and Park, also by this author: I read a bit in the middle, and … Continue reading

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DWJ March: the end

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the Diana Wynne Jones posts this month, even if I haven’t posted about the books I’ve been prompted to re-read (Power of Three, Charmed Life, Witch Week, and Enchanted Glass) by Kristen at We Be … Continue reading

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DWJ March – The Game: Diana Wynne Jones

I’d originally intended not to review anything for DWJ March except The Islands of Chaldea, but I picked The Game up a couple of weeks ago to re-read (since I’d only read it once before), and thought I might as … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Torrent – Lindsay Buroker

(self-published e-book, 2013) Book 1 in Rust and Relics series Delia and Simon are wandering around Arizona in their campervan using Delia’s archaeological knowledge (and her Indiana Jones-ish bullwhip skills) and Simon’s tech wizardry to locate and retrieve historical artefacts … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Islands of Chaldea – Diana Wynne Jones

Since Diana Wynne Jones’ death from cancer in 2011, fans of her books (of whom I count myself) have had to satisfy themselves with a fair number of novels and a couple of collections of short stories, primarily written for … Continue reading

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DWJ March – Favourite villain

Again, this is another difficult choice, because Diana Wynne Jones was excellent at providing realistic antagonists, whether human or otherworldly, ranging from malevolent goddess embodied in a doll, the Monigan, from Time of the Ghost, to the warlock Balsam brothers … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Regeneration Trilogy – Pat Barker

(Penguin e-book, 1996) The trilogy of books, set during the First Wold War, takes as its starting point the arrival of Siegfried Sassoon at Craiglockhart, a hospital in Edinburgh for soldiers suffering from “shell-shock”. His friend, Robert Graves, a captain … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Wounded – Lindsay Buroker

(self-published e-book, 2014) Wounded was billed as a romance on Amazon, but I thought I’d try it anyway because I really like Buroker’s writing, having enjoyed The Emperor’s Edge series of steampunk fantasy novels, and a couple of related novels, … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Wild Justice – Kelley Armstrong

(Sphere e-book 2013) Francis Bacon wrote: “Revenge is a kind of wild justice; which the more man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out. For as for the first wrong, it doth but offend the law; … Continue reading

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