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Book Chat: July 2020 Wrap Up

Taking a look at what Goodreads says that I finished in July, I was actually quite productive (reading-wise, at least!). Let's have a look at what I read and what my thoughts are. I'm always trying out new formats, so this will be a quite short post with the books listed in order of completion… Continue reading Book Chat: July 2020 Wrap Up

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Review: The Storm Keeper’s Island – Catherine Doyle

320 pages / Bloomsbury Children's Books / Middle Grade, Childrens, Fantasy The digest: this is simply one of the best MG books that I have ever read, including those I read when I was at the 'right' age to be reading these about 15-ish years ago. Keeping in mind the fact that it is the… Continue reading Review: The Storm Keeper’s Island – Catherine Doyle

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Review: Space Opera (Space Opera #1) – Catherynne M. Valente

352 pages | Corsair | Read by Heath Miller for HighBridge Company| Science Fiction, Space Opera, Humour, SFF I read this as part of 2019's Space Opera September Readathon (TBR here). The digest: Space Opera is a rather perplexing novel which sometimes reads more like an encyclopaedia than a fiction story. This is sometimes good, sometimes bad, but overall… Continue reading Review: Space Opera (Space Opera #1) – Catherynne M. Valente

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Review: Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince – V.E. Schwab and Andrea Olimpieri

112 pages | Titan Comics | Fantasy, Graphic Novel   This is an honest review. It's also a negative review.   The digest: My most disappointing read of 2019 (so far). This graphic novel had every chance of being one of my favourites, but shoddy writing and a woefully underexplored story make it entirely forgettable.  … Continue reading Review: Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince – V.E. Schwab and Andrea Olimpieri

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Review: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld – Patricia A. McKillip

208 pages | Gollancz | Fantasy, SFF

The digest: a true modern classic. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld should be every fantasy fan's next novel. It's emotive, enthralling, and massively enjoyable. This book is what I would call 'pure' fantasy - it tells a story quite unlike anything else I have read and reminds me of how I used to romanticise the genre - but this time I think the hype is justified. In the same breath, it is both innovative and familiar and I cannot overstate how much I enjoyed this novel.