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Review: A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A.Fletcher Rating 88%

Review: A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A.Fletcher

It’s the end of the world as we know it; humanity is dying out with a population that has dwindled to only a few thousand people. And yet for some this is the only world they have ever known, including the protagonist of C.A.Fletcher’s new novel, Griz. A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World can be called a dystopian novel but it is so much more than that; it is a cautionary tale that is getting more and more relevant in our present world but it is also a quiet celebration of humanity in all its glory and demise.

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Review: Milkman by Anna Burns Rating 77%

Review: Milkman by Anna Burns

A challenging read with as much newspeak as an Orwell novel, Man Booker prize winner, Milkman, keeps us working, whilst reading, which is perhaps one of the reasons for the prestige. Set in an unnamed city, which appears to be based on Belfast, in this world being quirky is harmful. Protagonist, Middle Sister, attempts to keep her Maybe-Boyfriend out of sight and earshot of her mum. She also attempts to keep her encounter with the sinister Milkman under wraps but it doesn’t take long before she is the talk of the town and rumours begin to emerge. A beguiling tale with much to loathe within this society, Milkman is a read which pulls you into this world, which has much “beyond-the-pale.”

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Review: Lanny by Max Porter Rating 97%

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: Monsters Unite by Sara Sheridan, Molly Sheridan and Iain Carroll Rating 95%

Review: Monsters Unite by Sara Sheridan, Molly Sheridan and Iain Carroll

Monsters Unite is the second picture book from the author Sara Sheridan, who is best known for the Mirabelle Bevan mysteries as well as a number of historical fiction books. In this case, she has had help from her daughter, Molly, for whom the story was originally created, and the colourful and imaginative illustrations have been provided by Glasgow-based illustrator Iain Carroll.

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Review: Crime Squirrel Investigators by Emily Dodd and Giulia Cregut Rating 92%

Review: Crime Squirrel Investigators by Emily Dodd and Giulia Cregut

As well as being a sweet and charming story about friendship, honesty and forgiveness, it’s also full of facts about the eating and living habits of many woodland creatures. Author Emily Dodd, who has previously published other wildlife-themed works such as Ollie and the Otter and The Grouse and the Mouse, collaborates with Italian illustrator Giulia Cregut to bring the story and its environment to life.

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Review: The Ice House by Tim Clare Rating 65%

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 Rating 55%

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: How To Be Invisible by Kate Bush Rating 82%

Review: How To Be Invisible by Kate Bush

An unusual title, with songs selected and arranged by the author, and compelling introduction by novelist David Mitchell, How To Be Invisible presents the lyrics of Kate Bush published together for the first time. A book that is akin to a poetry collection, except David is correct, you cannot help yourself but sing along to the lyrics that you know, recollecting those beloved songs from this cherished singer/songwriter.

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