Category Archives: 2014 New Reads

LIST: A mixed bag

Inspired by watching Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon mucking about in Italy (in The Trip to Italy, filmed by Michael Winterbottom), I tried this team’s entertaining adaptation of ‘The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy’, A Cock and Bull Story … Continue reading

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LIST: Books to read

I’ve recently finished Thumped, sequel to Bumped, by Megan McCafferty, The Pendragon Legend, by Antal Szerb (thanks to Chris at calmgrove for that recommendation!), and Jasper Fforde’s third in the Last Dragonslayer series, The Eye of Zoltar, all of which … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Perfiditas – Alison Morton

Self-published/SilverWood Books 2013 Inevitably, a review of this book will contain spoilers for the first title in the series, Inceptio, so if you haven’t read it and don’t like spoilers, look away now… Perfiditas is set seven years after Inceptio … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Bumped – Megan McCafferty

(Corgi 2011) I’d been meaning to read Bumped for ages, having previously read and enjoyed McCafferty’s excellent Jessica Darling series, to which I was introduced by my sister back when Sloppy Firsts was first out in 2001. Bumped is quite … Continue reading

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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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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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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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