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More than one way to cover a book – Alice Thompson’s The Book Collector

I came across  a notice of The Book Collector by Alice Thompson (Salt, £8.99) in the Observer. I think it had a review in the Guardian as well but not having read the book, I avoided the review. However, I … Continue reading

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A flame to a moth

I’ve been meaning to read Rachel Klein‘s The Moth Diaries for some time and, having made the time, I can only wonder why. In true Nineteenth century style, the novel is told in the form of a diary kept by … Continue reading

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Searching for the divine – Jeremy de Quidt’s The Feathered Man

Jeremy de Quidt’s The Feathered Man, his second novel, continues the same strong style which he showed in The Toymaker. Neither of this novels shy away from difficult subjects and assume that his readers will pick up clues rather than … Continue reading

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Ghostly encounters – Cornelia Funke’s Ghost Knight

The ghost story, a type which is never quite in or out of fashion, is the frame for Cornelia Funke’s latest novel, Ghost Knight. Jon resents being sent to boarding school in Salisbury. Believing the move to be powered by … Continue reading

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Treading in his monster’s footprints – Kenneth Oppel’s Such Wicked Intent

Kenneth Oppel’s Such Wicked Intent is the second novel in the prequels to Frankenstein, the Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein. In a similar vein to Priestley’s Creecher, this prequel explores the making of the central character, though with far less a … Continue reading

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On the stoke of the Witching Hour – Helen Oyeyemi’s White is for Witching

White is for Witching takes Horace Walpole’s vision of the Gothic to its heart and extends it, expressing the idea of the New Gothic in a less abstract form. It mixes low culture with high and also the post-colonial with … Continue reading

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The most human creature – Chris Priestley’s Mister Creecher

I’ve just finished Chris Priestley’s latest book, Mister Creecher amidst the surfeit of fine reading on my shelves. I picked up his for Tales of Terror book as a curiosity and duly fell in love with his take on darker … Continue reading

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Using a long spoon – Anne Fine’s The Devil Walks

I read a review of Anne Fine‘s latest novel, The Devil Walks, in the Guardian by Mal Peet and picked it up last time I was in Blackwells.  Young Adult literature has re-discovered and invigorated the genre with authors such … Continue reading

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A portrait of young ladies – Michelle Zink’s Prophecy of the Sisters

Michelle Zink‘s debut novel, Prophecy of the Sisters, is an intriguing debut which certainly promises a lot for the rest of the series. I picked this up as a curiosity to see what it was like and found that I … Continue reading

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