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The Adversary
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The Adversary

The Adversary is an interpretation of the name Satan, and this is where the writer gets the title of the book from, as the acts and behaviour of Jean-Claude Romand could be interpreted as evil. This is a hard read, but compelling, in the way that watching a car crash is compelling. How Jean-Claude Romand …

Books v. cigarettes
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Books v. cigarettes

Totally bought this because of the multiple essays on books, bookselling and book reviewing – some of my main pleasures in life. The title essay is still as apt now as it ever was, comparing the price of a book with another common leisure purchase which today we usually use a coffee as a comparison …

The Smoke Thieves
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The Smoke Thieves

The Smoke Thieves is the first in a new series by Sally Green, the tone is quite low-fantasy throughout, more an adventure but with demons and demon smoke permeating the story. Demons aren’t really explained in this book, lots of allusion and ideas but nothing solid, as diaphanous as the smoke. It is quite a …

Two Can Keep a Secret
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Two Can Keep a Secret

I’m not a big reader of mysteries or thrillers, the ones I’ve read in the past have seemed to rely on body horror and shock to progress the story line. So it was with some trepidation I approached Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M McManus, though I knew her first book had great …

Outside
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Outside

Ele lives Inside with The Others and is visited by Him, but dreams of The Outside which she only knows from a few books that are in The Tower with them. A tale of abuse, horror, fear, and redemption. Sarah Ann Juckes takes this tale into dark places that made it very difficult to read …