Review: ‘The Atherton Vampire’ by Lynne Cantwell

Genre: Vampire fantasy Author: Lynne Cantwel has been writing fiction since the second grade. Today, after a twenty-year career in broadcast journalism and a master’s degree in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University (or perhaps despite the master’s degree), Lynne is still writing fantasy. She is also a contributing author at Indies Unlimited. She livesContinue reading “Review: ‘The Atherton Vampire’ by Lynne Cantwell”

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Review – ‘Grimalkins Don’t Purr’ by Kim McDougall (Valkyrie Bestiary Book 4)

I give this a resounding *****s, It is a brilliant light read if you’ve ever wanted to run a pet shop; you’re into Tolkien, the Potter-verse, magical beings and beasties; or you just enjoy ordinary pets like cats and dogs. I am a confirmed grump of longstanding, and rail against soppy kissing wherever I findContinue reading “Review – ‘Grimalkins Don’t Purr’ by Kim McDougall (Valkyrie Bestiary Book 4)”

‘Death In The Last Reel: Historical mystery set in the lead up to World War 1 (Dr Margaret Demeray)’ by Paula Harmon

This is an engaging book. It reminded me a little of Gavin Lyall’s ‘Great Game’ series, set in the same period, when there was much unrest in Europe and jostling for position and power among the various nations. The London setting is vivid. The main characters are well drawn. The women are feisty, the menContinue reading “‘Death In The Last Reel: Historical mystery set in the lead up to World War 1 (Dr Margaret Demeray)’ by Paula Harmon”

Review: ‘Bibliomancer’ by Frances Evelyn

Genre: speculative fiction Description: The book is set in Oakham, principal town of Rutland (the smallest county), about 20 miles from Leicester, in the Midlands in Britain. It begins with a sensitively handled death, and consequent grief. Thereafter it settles on Emily’s volunteer work, reading to patients at a local hospice, and her best friendContinue reading “Review: ‘Bibliomancer’ by Frances Evelyn”

Review: ‘MUNKi’ by Gareth Southwell

Genre: science fiction/future fiction Description: the book’s blurb describes a drier book than the one I read. It says “it is a philosophical exploration of memory, death and identity, and the ambiguous role that technology has come to play in all our lives.” I would say it’s more a romp through technologies current and imminentContinue reading “Review: ‘MUNKi’ by Gareth Southwell”

Review: “Bell Hammers: The True Folk Tale of Little Egypt, Illinois” by Launcelot Schaubert

Genre: humour, saga Description: this clever book purports to be the life story of Wilson Remus Broganer of southern Illinois. It isn’t. It is the mashed together stories of a lot of lives from the oilfields, gathered by Schaubert, from Remmy’s first recorded memory at age six just after before Pearl Harbour, until his deathContinue reading “Review: “Bell Hammers: The True Folk Tale of Little Egypt, Illinois” by Launcelot Schaubert”

‘100 Poems to Save the Earth’

Edited by Zoë Brigley & Kristian Evans This is a fascinating anthology, for a number of reasons. The first is, perhaps, the breadth of knowledge of contemporary poetry displayed by the editors who have compiled it for Seren. They have scoured not only well-trodden poetical paths, but much less well-known by-ways too. In this wayContinue reading “‘100 Poems to Save the Earth’”