Estoril

Title: Estoril Writer: Dejan Tiago Stanković Publishing House: Head of Zeus Date of Publication: March 2018 (first published November 2nd 2015) Rating: 5 stars ‘’All this information was to be taken with a grain of salt, of course, because in the world of espionage nothing was as it seemed and nobody could swear to knowing the whole truth.’’ This was…

Home Is Nearby

Title: Home Is Nearby Writer: Magdalena McGuire Publishing House: Impress Books Date of Publication:November 1st 2017 Rating: 5 stars *As always, any political comments will promptly receive the axe.* ‘’Martial law was for our own good, the government said. They said we all had to make sacrifices. And we would all be safer as a result.’’ One of the…

The Rape of Nanking

Title: The Rape of Nanking Writer: Iris Chang Publishing House: Penguin Books Date of Publication: November 1st 1998 (first published 1997) Rating: 5 stars ”Almost all people have this potential for evil, which would be unleashed only under certain dangerous social circumstances.” A beloved European friend, who’s currently living in Changzhou, has been pestering me to read this book for months….

Anne Boleyn

Title: Anne Boleyn Writer: Howard Brenton Publishing House: Nick Hern Books Date of Publication: August 16th 2011 (first published July 22nd 2010) Rating: 2 stars Tormented Queen Anne is possibly my favourite historical figure. A woman as fascinating as she was controversial, a woman who left her mark on English History with her wit, her charm and the injustice that…

The Winter Ghosts

Title: The Winter Ghosts Writer: Kate Mosse Publishing House: Paragon Publishers Date of Publication: October 23rd 2014 (first published January 6th 2010) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Bones and shadows and dust. I am the last. The others have slipped away into darkness. Around me now, at the end of my days, only an echo in the still air of the memory of…

Land Mammals and Sea Creatures

Title: Land Mammals and Sea Creatures Writer: Jen Neale Publishing House: ECW Press Date of Publication:May 8th 2018 Rating: 3 stars ‘’The bones were gone. Only the outline of fur remined. Even the dislodged claws had been collected. Julie looked around as though the culprit might be right there.’’ The sea is like a dream. It’s said…

The Hawkman

Title: The Hawkman Writer: Jane Rosenberg LaForge Publishing House: Amberjack Publishing Date of Publication: June 5th 2018 Rating: 4 stars “Bridgetonne was not without other misfits: old maids who, in an earlier time, might have been mistaken for witches, and bachelors who, likewise, would have been called out as warlocks. But by no means was the village haunted.” It seems…

The Prophets of Eternal Fjord

Title: The Prophets of Eternal Fjord   Writer: Kim Leine Publishing House: Atlantic Books Date of Publication: January 7th 2016 (first published 2012) Rating: 5 stars ‘’And then He is gone. She stands alone, high up above the settlement, which is enshrouded by fog. It is the middle of the night, yet light. A pair of ravens rumble in the…

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night

Title: The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night Writer: Jen Campbell Publishing House: Two Roads Date of Publication: November 2nd 2017 Rating: 5 stars “There isn’t anything quite like holding love in your bare hands.” I don’t know….I don’t know how to describe the feelings I’ve experienced while reading each page of this book. I am…

The Green Unknown: Travels in the Khasi Hills

Title:The Green Unknown: Travels in the Khasi Hills Writer: Patrick Rogers Publishing House: Westland Date of Publication:  September 18th 2017 Rating: 5 stars “Closer together,tiny groups of twinkling lights, glowing like star clusters,appeared as night fell.Dozens of villages seemed to hang in the moonlight itself.I didn’t know their names but like Riwar, and like Katarshnong,I knew that each…

Frozen Fairy Tales

Title: Frozen Fairy Tales Writer: edited by Kate Wolford Publishing House: World Weaver Press Date of Publication: November 10th 2015 Rating: 4 stars “Until the day they died, late at night when the winds moaned, they would swear they heard a voice outside singing lullabies. And once in a while, travelers through the region would stop at the village and…

Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Stories From My Childhood

Title: Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Stories From My Childhood: Beloved Fairy Tales from the Queen to Cinderella Writer: edited by Joan Borsten Publishing House: Harry N. Abrams Date of Publication: October 1st 2002 Rating: 5 stars In 1998, Mikhail Baryshnikov, one of the greatest ballet dancers the world has ever produced (and will ever produce, in my opinion) hosted a TV series…

Dead Ends: Stories from the Gothic South

Title:Dead Ends: Stories from the Gothic South Writer: Edite by J.T. Ellison Publishing House:  Two Tales Press Date of Publication: September 28th 2017 Rating: 4 stars “It had been during the Autumn Awakening, a yearly festival when the town sets out candles and candy corn, filling the air with the scents of burning leaves and pumpkin-spiced everything. A…

Cork Folk Tales

Title: Cork Folk Tales Writer: Kate Corkery Publishing House: The History Press Date of Publication: April 6th 2017 Rating: 5 stars “At festivals such as Bealtaine, Lughnasa and Samhain, people gathered at hilltop assemblies, lit fires and offered gifts to Donn, the Lord of the Dead, in the hope that, by observing these rituals, a welcome would await when their…

We Care For You

Title: We Care For You Writer: Paul Kitcatt Publishing House: Unbound Digital Date of Publication: November 7th 2017 Rating: 4 stars ‘’They feel guilt, and relief, increased anxiety, reduced anxiety, satisfaction, dissatisfaction, happiness and unhappiness. Sometimes all at once. How is this possible? It is complicated, being human.’’ Evergreen is destined to be the final place of residence for a…

The House of Frozen Dreams

Title: The House of Frozen Dreams Writer: Seré Prince Halverson Date of Publication: June 19th 2014 Publishing House: HarperCollins Rating: 4 stars “A wolf howled, holding a shingle lonely note in the distance. The scent of spruce and mud and sea kept dredging up the imagined hint of smoke. Even in the summer, a fire burned in the wood stove.”…

Laura & Emma

Title: Laura & Emma Writer: Kate Greathead Publishing House: Simon & Schuster Date of Publication: March 13th 2018 Ratings: 4 stars ‘’You’re not supposed to cry when someone gives you a present.’’ Although I’m not actually a reader of what I call ‘’Family Conflict’’ novels, I cannot say ‘’no’’ to stories whose protagonists are single parents. I consider the women…

The Monk

Title: The Monk Writer: Matthew Lewis Publishing House: Wordsworth Date of Publication: 2009 (first published 1796) Rating: 5 stars ‘’I must have your soul; must have it mine, and mine forever.’’ This is one of the pioneers of Gothic Fiction, a work that defined one of the most fascinating, demanding and controversial genres. A novel written in the end of…

The Beauties

Title:The Beauties: Essential Stories Writer: Anton Chekhov Publishing House: Pushkin Press Date of Publication: October 5th 2017 Rating: 5 stars “When you see a broad village street by moonlight, with its huts, haystacks and slumbering willow trees, peace descends on your soul.” Anton Chekhov. Among the greatest of the great Russian writers who created a plethora of the finest…

The Flu Season

Title: The Flu Season and Other Plays Writer: Will Eno Publishing House: Theatre Communications Group Date of Publication: December 1st 2006 Rating: 5 stars ‘’All the sweat and pain. All the lying and pretending, the rethinking, the revising into ruin. A signature move. It’s only natural. If we could control life, it wouldn’t be life. If we could control our…

World Without End

Title:World Without End (Kingsbridge, #2) Writer: Ken Follett Publishing House: Pan Macmillan Date of Publication:  October 3rd 2008  (first published October 4th 2007) Rating: 4 stars “Whether I’ve been good or bad, I don’t think God will be fooled by a last-minute change of heart.” ‘’World Without End’’ is the second installment in Follett’s Kingsbridge series and…

Burnt Offerings

Title: Burnt Offerings Writer: Robert Marasco Publishing House: Valancourt Books Date of Publication: March 17th 2015 (first published 1973) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Drive by the house you’re interested in at night, I say. Watch the windows. See if anybody’s watching for you there. And then drive home with the dome light on, and check that back seat as often…

The Emerald Circus

Title:The Emerald Circus Writer:Jane Yolen Publishing House: Tachyon Publications Date of Publication:November 14th 2017 Rating: 4 stars ‘’You see, my dear ice witch, I have had the love of children from all over the world because of my stories. A child’s love is the perfect love, for it is given with a whole heart.” After The Night…

Mr Woodreeve’s Reflection

Title:Mr Woodreeve’s Reflection Writer: Robert Bluck Publishing House: Unbound Digital Date of Publication: January 20th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Are you a person in my story, or am I a person in yours?’’ Once in a while, we choose a book attracted by its cryptic blurb. There is a certain ‘’something’’ in a vague description that entices us to…

Winter Tales

Title :Winter Tales Writer: Kenneth Steven Publishing House: Marylebone House Date of Publication: September 21st 2017 Rating : 5 stars ‘’He sat at his window one Sunday morning, blowing warm breath onto the patterning of ice on the inside of the glass, until he could see the world.” Winter can be beautiful.Serene, tranquil, a time of contemplation before the…

The Silent Land

Title: The Silent Land Writer: Graham Joyce Publishing House: Anchor Date of Publication: November 1st 2010 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Once I had a dream and in the dream I went to bed and fell asleep and was dreaming. And I knew I was dreaming inside a dream. Do you think it’s like that? Do you?’’ I’ve always thought that the…

Alternative Christmas Reads…

The weird thing (well, one of the weirdest…) with me as a child was that Christmas wasn’t my favourite time of the year. I loved the lights all around me, helping my mum with decorating and baking all those delicious creations of hers, but the noise and frenzy that accompany Christmas never suited me. Easter…

When All the Days Have Gone

Title: When all the days have gone Writer: Lars Boye Jerlach Publishing House: Angry Owl Publishing Date of Publication: November 1st 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Where are you heading when nothing is moving and time is still?’’ Ambrosius Moerk’s profession has everything to do with time. And nothing. He is a grave-digger, responsible for the most permanent place of residence-…

One Day in December

Title: One Day in December Writer: Shari Low Publishing House: Aria Date of Publication: September 1st 2017 Rating: 2 stars Glasgow, December, Christmas is approaching. Course of the action, a single day when four very different people decide to fulfill their resolutions. Caro is a teacher in a primary school and I couldn’t help but liking her immediately, after reading…

Fir

Title: Fir Writer: Sharon Gosling Publishing House: Stripes Publishing Date of Publication: February 9th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Once you’ve been out here for a while, you can see them. You can see them all. We have been out here for a long, long while.’’ The fir tree is a symbol in a distinctive array of cultures. In Celtic Mythology,…

Kjærlighet

Title: Kjærlighet Writer: Hanne Ørstavik Publishing House: Archipelago Books Date of Publication: February 13th 2018 (first published 1997) Rating: 5 stars ‘’A path into the forest, from a long-forgotten place. Find the path and follow, its ribbon yours to trace. Past trees and hillocks wander, to a splendid castle old, In whose halls three ladies fine you shall at last…

Essex Folk Tales

Title: Essex Folk Tales Writer: Jan Williams Publishing House: The History Press Date of Publication: November 30th 2011 Rating: 4 stars ‘’Essex is a place of dark secrets and haunting tales. It is a romantic county for those who have the determination to plunge into its rural heart.’’   Essex is one of the most notable and most recognizable county…

One Night In November

Title: One Night in November Writer: Amélie Antoine Publishing House: AmazonCrossing Date of Publication: July 11th 2017 Rating: 4 stars *Disclaimer- Any comments related to religion, politics and History in general, will receive the treatment initiated by Ivar the Boneless and reserved for his enemies in all his outrageous glory. Meaning that melted gold will burn said comments and those…

Loki

Title: Loki Writer: Mike Vasich Publishing House:  Createspace Publication Date: January 1st 2010 Rating: 5 stars And now, it is time for a brief lesson in the deities of the Norse pantheon that are included in this marvellous novel… Óðinn, Alföðr, the Wanderer, the Deceiver, the Riddler, God of the Hunged, the One Eyed, the Thunderer, Father of the Slain…

Goodbye, Vitamin

 Title: Goodbye, Vitamin Writer: Rachel Khong Publishing House: Scribner UK Date of Publication: June 1st 2017 Rating: 5 stars “It doesn’t matter who remembers what, I guess, so long as somebody remembers something.” “Goodbye, Vitamin” came highly recommended by many people whose opinion I trust and I had high hopes. I expected to enjoy it- if such a verb can…

A Perfect Universe

  Title:  A Perfect Universe: Ten Stories    Writer: Scott O’Connor Publishing House: Gallery/Scout Press Date of Publication: February 13th 2018 Rating: 5 stars One of the strongest traits of Contemporary American Literature is the Short Story. A genre that can be more touching and powerful than the Novel when done right, serving a long tradition of exceptional short…

Dunbar

 Title: Dunbar Writer: Edward St. Aubyn  Publishing House: Penguin Random House   Date of Publication:October 24th 2017   Rating: 2.5 stars Time for a lesson in the History of Theatre and a few of the greatest actors of all time. Younger members of our beautiful community pay attention. You are about to learn what true acting means…The larger-than- life…

The Transition

 Title: The Transition Writer: Luke Kennard Publishing House: Fourth Estate Date of Publication: September 7th 2017 Rating: 2 stars Well, I don’t know… I don’t know where to begin with this one. When you finish a book and the first thing that comes to your mind is “I won’t write a review on this one”, then things are quite bleak….

The Winter People

 Title: The Winter People   Writer: Jennifer McMahon   Publishing House: Anchor  Date of Publication: February 11th 2014  Rating: 3 stars “Sometimes they’re angry. They hate being stuck.” This was one of my most anticipated scheduled reads for the year. It felt appropriate for the beginning of the winter, since November calls for stories with supernatural twists. The title and…

The World of Lore….

 Title: The World of Lore, Volume 1: Monstrous Creatures Writer: Aaron Mahnke Publishing House: Del Rey Date of Publication:  October 10th 2017 Rating: 4 stars ‘’The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.’’                             H.P. Lovecraft Starting this book, I had the belief that nothing new…

The Toymakers

Title: The Toymakers Writer: Robert Dinsdale Publishing House: Penguin Random House Date of Publication: February 8th 2018 Rating: 5 stars                                      ‘’Are you lost? Are you afraid? Are you a child at heart?’’   I never thought that there would ever be another…

Ghost Stories

 Title: Ghost Stories Writer: Whit Taylor Publishing House: Rosarium Publishing Date of Publication:  January 10th 2018 Rating: 5 stars Whoever thought that this little read would be about actual ghosts, excuse me, but sometimes you need to pay attention because the cover represents the whole tone of the written work. I mean, seriously….. 😦 So, this isn’t about ghosts…

The Good People

 Title: The Good People Writer: Hannah Kent Publishing House: Pan McMillan Date of Publication: September 27th 2016 Rating: 5 stars.                                                      “She was the gatekeeper at the edge of the world. The final human hymn…

Caligula

Title: Caligula Writer: Albert Camus Publishing House: Gallimard Date of Publication: 1944 Rating: 5 stars ‘’A man can’t live without some reason for living.” It is often the case when I find no particular connection with the novels of highly acclaimed writers but their plays resonate with me and become a point of reference in my collection. Such bright…

The Girl In The Tower

 Title: The Girl in the Tower (The Winternight Trilogy #2) Writer: Katherine Arden Publishing House: Penguin Random House Date of Publication: December 5th 2017 ‘’Think of me sometimes’’, he returned, ‘’When the snowdrops have bloomed and the snow has melted.’’ Moving on to the 2nd book of the trilogy immediately after finishing the 1st volume was a no-brainer and…

The Woman Behind the Waterfall

Title: The Woman Behind the Waterfall                              Writer: Leonora Meriel Publishing House: Granite Cloud                                           Date of Publication: October 1st 2016          …

What We See In The Stars

 Title: What We See in the Stars: An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky Writer: Kelsey Oseid Publishing House: Ten Speed Press Publication Date: September 26th 2017 Rating: 5 stars In high school, I was an excellent student in every subject that had to do with Languages, Literature, History and so on and so forth. Maths was the very bane…

This House Is Haunted

 Title:  This House is Haunted Writer: John Boyne Publishing House: Doubleday Publication Date: April 25th 2013 Rating: 2 stars ‘’Where are you?’’                 ‘’But answer came there none.’’ Eliza Caine may have found the answer to her question at some point, but unfortunately, I never found mine as to why I was expecting so much from this ‘’ghost’’ story…A story…

The Bear and the Nightingale

Title: The Bear and the Nightingale (The Winternight Trilogy #1) Writer: Katherine Arden Publishing House: Penguin Random House Publication Date: January 10th 2017 Rating: 4 stars “Father Frost and the Maiden” From the village of Mstera (image source: https://josonja.com) ‘’Fairy tales are sweet on winter nights, nothing more.’’ Russian fairy tales are unlike any others, in my opinion.They are not simple,…