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REVIEW: The Marlows and the Traitor – Antonia Forest

(Girls Gone By Publishers 2003, originally published Faber & Faber, 1953) Antonia Forest published her first book, Autumn Term, in 1948, and her last, Run Away Home, in 1982, but she was not a prolific writer, and, during and after … 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: His Dark and Dangerous Ways – Edith Layton

(Avon Romance/HarperCollins e-book 2008) I don’t read much in the way of romance novels: though I do like a good romance in a novel that’s actually about something else, I do read them from time to time. This one was … Continue reading

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BOOK TO SCREEN: Elementary

(CBS television series) I blame Clare at the Literary Omnivore for sparking my interest in this show! Her occasional posts about this updated version of Sherlock Holmes – set in New York, and with a woman Watson – made me … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Kushiel’s Chosen – Jacqueline Carey

Since this is a sequel to Kushiel’s Dart, there’ll be a few spoilers for the first book in the trilogy. I’ll try not to make them too glaring. The book starts after the end of Kushiel’s Dart by about six … Continue reading

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Black Shadows – Simon Swift

(Wild Wolf Publishing 2011) I was sent a copy of this for review directly from the author as a proofed PDF – incidentally it’s allowed me to try out the Kindle’s file conversion service which is generally good (and very … Continue reading

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Please Ignore Vera Dietz – A. S. King

(Random House e-book 2010) I wouldn’t have got this book were it not for Erin’s recommendation at Aelia Reads: I pass on my own recommendation, because King’s novel is excellent. Vera Dietz is eighteen, a high school senior living in … Continue reading

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A Legacy – Sybille Bedford

(Penguin Modern Classics 2005, originally published 1956) Set in the late years of the nineteenth century, this novel is set largely in recently-unified Germany, and tells the stories of the wealthy, bourgeois Jewish family of the Merzes in Berlin, and … Continue reading

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The Barbarous Coast – Ross Macdonald

(Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 2007, originally published 1956) Ross Macdonald was the pseudonym of Kenneth Millar, who was married to Margaret Millar, also a writer of detective/mystery novels. His novels featuring private detective Lew Archer were written in the ‘hard-boiled’ tradition … Continue reading

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Komarr – Lois McMaster Bujold

(Baen 2008, originally published 1998) Komarr is another of Bujold’s series of SF books featuring Miles Vorkosigan, set at a time in Miles’ life when he has had to give up his military career in ImpSec (Imperial Security). Newly appointed … Continue reading

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