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Month: May 2016

5 Star, Science Fiction

The Fireman

They put down Draco Incendia Trychophyton on the death certificates, but even the Surgeon General called it Dragonscale. Or he had, until he burned to death. A plague is spreading across the world, no one knows how, but the infected burn up. Literally. Not just…

Books In

Incoming: Illumicrate Edition

Hopefully everyone’s received their Illumicrates by now. I didn’t want to share on Instagram when it arrived as it’s really hard to avoid seeing things on there and it spoils the unboxing if you already know what’s in it. Half the point of subscription boxes…



She inspired, at even the best balls, a sensation of immanent dread. It was one of the reasons she was always at the top of all invitation lists. Dread had such an agreeable effect on on society’s upper crust. I’ll admit, I’m not up-to-date with…

Young Adult

The Art of Being Normal

This is what I wrote: I want to be a girl. There’s been a lot of praise for the transgender content of The Art of Being Normal but I think it also deserves praise for depicting the class divide. David is from a pretty average…

Books In


I’ve got about 20 boxes of books packed up and one and a half bookcases still to do so I’ve been trying to stick to ebooks lately. There’s a few books not included here which I have bought, read, reviewed and packed since my last…

General Fiction


When Emma and Ben agree to fake a break-up to help get their autistic son, Jonah, into the best school, father and son move in with Georg. Three generations of men; a son who can’t speak and a grandfather who won’t, and a father at…


The Road to Little Dribbling

On the cusp of becoming a British citizen twenty years after Notes from a Small Island, Bill Bryson sets off across Britain once again. He partly muses on how things have changed but it’s not a rehashing of his previous book, instead he visits a…