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Inversions – Iain M. Banks

I thought I’d read all the Culture novels… and I kinda had. But I needed something appealing to kick me out of the “but I could just keep… reading Cadfael?” streak, and a bit of Banks SF was a clear … Continue reading

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The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock – Imogen Hermes Gowar

And back to literary again. I took this one away with me on a long weekend out of London, thinking I’d a) be busy playing board games and b) it’s a heckin’ chonker of a book and so one book … Continue reading

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Everything Under – Daisy Johnson

I’m not going to commit myself to reading the Booker shortlist every year (certainly not on top of the Nebulas and the Hugos), but I am keen to read more critically acclaimed literary fiction, as a general rule. And when … Continue reading

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Melmoth – Sarah Perry

Apparently all of Sarah Perry’s books are beautiful. I bought The Essex Serpent mainly because I loved the cover, and that was a great decision, so I figured I couldn’t go too far wrong doing the same with Melmoth. Spoilers: I did … Continue reading

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The Silence of the Girls – Pat Barker

This was a lot less about the girls than I was expecting. Which isn’t to say it was bad, just… not the book you anticipate when you read the blurb. In a large part, the book is still telling the … Continue reading

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Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie

Well this was amazing. I forget how brilliant good books can feel, when I’ve spent too long reading mediocre things. And this is more than just good. It wouldn’t surprise me if it ended up being the best book I … Continue reading

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Children of Time – Adrian Tchaikovsky (reread)

I wouldn’t have reread this again so soon (less than two years) but it’s another book club reread, so here we go. I’m not objecting – it was a good book – but it was only just long enough ago … Continue reading

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