Book Reviews

I Am Legend
By Richard Matheson

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I recently had the pleasure of reviewing the awesome Folio Society edition of I Am Legend by Richard Matheson which is stunningly brought to life by the awesome artwork of Dave McKean. If you like your dystopian fiction dark, haunting and with many things that go bump in the night then this is for you. A short book but fast paced, focusing on the last man left alive. A taunt thriller that exposes the choices and isolation on being humanities last hope.

You can read my full review here at STORGY Magazine, enjoy!

Tuesdays Are Just As Bad
By Cethan Leahy

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I have just finished reading Tuesdays Are Just As Bad by Cethan Leahy which was a phenomenal read, a young adult book that deals with the themes of suicide and depression from the Irish Publisher Mercier Press.

The full review will be on STORGY Magazine on the 19th June 2018.

If you would like to purchase a copy of Tuesdays Are Just As Bad you can purchase it from Mercier Press here publication day is the 18th June 2018.

The Book Of Learning

The Nine Lives Trilogy Book 1
By E.R. Murray

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The premise of the story, that being that those who are chosen, live nine lives and have the opportunity to change things, bring about their destiny etc. did remind me slightly of the fabulous book ‘The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August’ by Claire North (if you haven’t read it – I’d highly recommend you getting a copy). But there are enough differences here to avoid too many comparisons, and in turn; Murray delivers a stand out piece of children’s fiction that lives long in the memory, fabulously fantastical, brilliant set pieces and an imagination that know no bounds and in turn Murray sets the spark that will not be extinguished and which will rage into the next two books of the trilogy.

The Book of Learning is the start of what I can only imagine is going to be a fabulous trilogy in children’s fiction, helping to fill the void and provide something new for young readers trying to live in a post Harry Potter world. The mention of Harry Potter is possibly one of the biggest compliments I could give Murray for her work here, she has produced something that is truly magical, deep, detailed and original; her brilliance shines through the pages and is reminiscent of the great J.K. Rowling.

You can read the full review in STORGY Magazine here – why not also connect with E.R. Murray here.

You can purchase a copy of The Book Of Learning from Mercier Press here – whilst also checking out the other books in the series here.

Farenheit 451

By Ray Bradbury

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IT WAS A PLEASURE TO BURN.
It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed.

Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is widely know as a cult classic, it’s mentioned with great affection in the dystopian world and also science fiction realms; the book I would suggest transcends cult classic and becomes a must read book for anyone who loves literature. A book that I would highly recommend to all you bibliophiles out there to pick up and read, it’s themes and prose are magnificently constructed and executed. There is so much great writing in this book that it has quite literally taken me aback at how fabulous it really is and what a brilliant writer and visionary Ray Bradbury was.

This stunning edition of Fahrenheit 451 is available from The Folio Society here.

You can read my full review in STORGY Magazine here.

Jaws

By Peter Benchley

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I have to admit now that I am a huge fan of ‘Jaws’ I read it as a young boy, watched the film, which is one of my favourite films of all time (judge me for my film choices if you will, but for now we are talking about the book) – I think when I read the book as a child, it was a little lost on me, I didn’t fully understand the deeper context to which the book alludes to, I was more concerned that it didn’t follow the rhythms of the film, and in my adolescents thought the film was much better, a statement I had made countless times, but have since had to eat my words.

You can read my full review in STORGY Magazine here.

You can purchase a copy of this new edition from Pan Macmillan here.

Uncommon Type

By Tom Hanks

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Uncommon Type in my opinion is a delightful collection of short stories, there is room for improvement; not all of them are knockout, but there are some that leave a lasting impact long after reading. Hanks has produced a solid debut collection of fiction and I can’t wait to see if he turns his hand to a novel. But one thing is for sure, whatever he writes next I’ll be buying, if his acting career is anything to go by and as D:Ream once sang ‘Things can only get better’ so his next project whatever that will be, will be something to watch out for.

You can read my full review of Uncommon Type in STORGY Magazine here.

You can purchase a copy from William Heinemann here.

The Outsider

By Stephen King

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Well what can be said about Stephen King that hasn’t already been said? Not a lot really, an author of over 50 books all of which are bestsellers. The master of horror has turned his hand masterfully to the crime writing genre most recently in Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers and End of Watch. Wrapping his bony hands around it and choking the life out of it, suffocating the genre, driving out the last remnants of air with his white knuckled choke hold. Leaving it lifeless on the floor, that’s where King sets about consuming its remains and crafting something beautiful and in doing so claiming the crime / thriller genre as his own, much like what he has done with the horror genre. It’s a crime book, but in the hands of Stephen King it’s so much more…all bets are off!

You can read the full review of The Outsider by Stephen King on STORGY Magazine here.

The Outsider is published by Hodder Books and is available here.

Reservoir 13

By Jon McGregor

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McGregor without wasting any time draws you into this story like the oncoming summer draws from hibernation sleepy bears from their caves. Jon McGregor has a mastery over observational writing of both nature and the human condition that as a reader are automatically drawn into the genesis of this richly woven story. A story of a young girl’s disappearance in the Peak District and how this affects the villager’s lives showing they are a part of a bigger piece of work that McGregor aids us exploring in intricate and intimate detail.

You can read the full review on STORGY Magazine here.

Reservoir 13 is published by 4th Estate and is available here.

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More reviews that I am working on coming soon…

 

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