The digest: The Fire Eye Refugee is an action-packed and fun novel which intertwines the reality of refugee crises and racial (in)tolerance with elements of magical fantasy to provide an intriguing story. A thoroughly engaging read featuring espionage, war, and the potential for salvation - Gately is onto a winner here!
The digest: Pulley's writing has improved in almost every single aspect compared to her previous novel, making The Bedlam Stacks a work of historical fiction everybody should read. A genuinely engaging, focused, layered narrative which builds momentum tremendously well, culminating in a truly satisfying climax. I urge you to read this at your earliest convenience.
The digest: The Clarity of Cold Steel has one of the most unique takes on a post-apocalyptic world that I can remember – it is clearly the result of much hard work, and the efforts seem to have paid off. The plot is absolutely stunning, and the development of our protagonist through his speech and other nuances is very well handled.
I thought I'd let you guys know what I plan on posting in the coming weeks - if you see anything below you would like to read sooner rather than later let me know and I'll do what I can.
Only two books in this library haul - I started an internship this week and that will be taking up a lot of my reading time. a closed and common orbit - Becky Chambers. I can't discuss the plot of this one without ruining quite an important back of its predecessor but after my… Continue reading BC: July Library Haul
The digest: a solid novel which crosses over several genres (historical fiction, steampunk, low fantasy etc) which has some interesting ideas and plot mechanics. Characters grow throughout the story (through reveals, flashbacks, and normal progression), fun settings are prevalent, and it is very much grounded in a steampunk-esque Victorian era.
The digest: a well-written, plot-driven, easy to read novella which entertains from the first page to the last. There are no false-pretences here, Auerbach takes a relatively simple idea and executes it smoothly, with a well-paced plot ensuring that the reader is never bored. The main drawbacks here are the lack of character development and narrative complexity, which are admissible when considering this as an introductory part of a larger body of work.
This has definitely been my best reading month so far this year – no doubt down to the fact that all of my exams are done for this academic year! Being at home instead of uni also means that I’m walking to places less frequently than I would during term time, explaining why I haven’t… Continue reading BC: June 2018 wrap up
This month I didn't buy too many books - and all but one from a charity shop (it was still a used copy, though). I won't have any time in July to get around to these as I'm mid-way through a few reviews for self-published works (I'm really enjoying them so far!) and I'm also… Continue reading BC: June pickups
For a few years, I have had in my possession an old Polaroid camera (the Sun 600 LMS model) which was given to me by a family member. I've been waiting to test it out for just as long, not knowing if the camera even worked as it collected dust on a bookcase. The problem… Continue reading Camera Chat: Polaroid Originals