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Month: December 2011

List, Top Ten

The Year That Was 2011

I have been justified in holding off my best of list until the end of the year as one of these books was read only last week. I wonder if people stop reading in December just so that they don’t ruin their carefully selected lists……

Science Fiction, Young Adult


A futuristic retelling of Cinderella’s story, Cinder is a cyborg, forced to use her mechanic skills to make money for her adoptive family. Everyone that knows she is no longer completely human looks down on her, she has no freedom and few friends. A chance…

Fantasy, Short Stories

Wolfsbane and Mistletoe

I’m not usually a fan of these short story compilations but quite liked the idea of a werewolf themed festive read. Wolfsbane and Mistletoe contains 15 stories by fantasy authors that you may or may not know. The Werewolf Before Christmas by Kat Richardson was…

Crime Fiction, Translation

The Sweetness of Life

It’s Christmas in the Austrian town of Furth am See and psychiatrist Raffael Horn is over-run with patients. A young girl is brought to him as she refuses to speak. She has just seen the mutilated body of her grandfather, his head unrecognisable. Don’t let…


Winner Announced!

With all the excitement of Christmas, I forgot to post the winner of Miranda July’s It Chooses You. So without futher ado the winner is… Jane Hanbury from Booketta’s Book Blog! Read my review and watch videos here (password = pennysaver). A big thank you…

5 Star, Fantasy

The Well of Lost Plots

Poor Thursday still hasn’t reactualised her non-husband Landen. Even worse she’s beginning to forget him. Could it be the work of that pesky Aornis Hades, lurking in her memories? At the end of Lost in a Good Book, Thursday Next is persuaded to spend the…

Popcorn Moment: War Horse

Fans of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse may feel some trepidation when faced with an adaptation to the big screen. How can a story narrated by a horse be made into a believable film? For those not familiar with the book, the central character is Joey,…