Review: Lanny by Max Porter

With so many titles, almost 190,000 last year, being published in the UK it is hard for a book to really stand out from the crowd. The publishing market is saturated, which means that fewer titles make a really big breakthrough. Not surprisingly, many authors have been trying to be different, be it plot-wise or style-wise, with the idea of making a name for themselves. However, this approach sometimes ends in books that are different just for the sake of being different, resulting in novels that bring nothing new on the table. One of the authors that are unique on the current UK market in Max Porter. You only need to open his latest novel Lanny at a random page and it becomes obvious how experimental and unique his writing is. However, unlike many people Porter’s writing is harmonious with the style and presentation which results in a novel that stand out from everything else for all the good reasons; Porter is different in a way that offers the reader a glimpse into a ground-breaking writing that offers a food for thought not only through the story but also through the way the story is presented on the page.

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Review: The Ice House by Tim Clare

Tim Clare’s new novel, The Ice House, is to be published very soon in May 2019 by Edinburgh-based publisher Canongate. The Ice House is the sequel to Clare’s debut novel The Honours and the book once again focuses on Delphine Venner but instead of seeing her in her youth and prime Clare’s sequel presents the reader with a much older version of Delphine who despite her age is still vehement and energetic in search of revenge and salvation for her loved ones.

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Review: Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

James’s new novel follows the life and adventures of the main protagonist who is simply called Tracker. Tracker, as the name suggests, is incredibly good at finding people, both living and dead, because he has ‘a nose’ for it. His nose has been hired for the tracking of a boy whose significance is step by step revealed throughout the story. Tracker embarks upon the quest in a company unlike any other. There is Leopard, a shape shifting man/leopard, there is Bunshi the witch and there is even a giant whose past haunts him. This fellowship soon falls apart as one of the main points of the book is how fickle love and trust are in life. The reader sees how quickly alliances shift whilst Tracker is trying to find the boy. Alongside his quest Tracker meets a number of monsters and creatures from African mythology which make the book incredibly interesting for the readers who love learning something new whilst reading. Marlon James has really mastered how to implement folklore and mythology whilst keeping humanity as real as we know it.

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Review: The Dollmaker by Nina Allan

Nina Allan’s third novel, The Dollmaker, is an exploration of human nature, love and connections. But it is also so much more than that. Nina Allan’s novel delves deep into what it is to be an outsider and how people overcome past tragedies and traumas and she does that through the main characters of the story Andrew and Bramber and their passion for dolls.

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