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The Sea Cloak & Other Stories
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The Sea Cloak & Other Stories

Nayrouz Qarmout. Comma Press. (112p) ISBN 9781905583782 I’ve had this collection of short stories on the go for quite a while now as they are a difficult read, not that the words are difficult but the emotions those words stir are hard to process. Nayrouz writes poetically about situations influenced by her time in Gaza …

Igifu
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Igifu

Scholastique Mukasonga. Archipelago Books. (160p) ISBN 9781939810786 It’s August so that must mean it’s Women in Translation month. I’d already lined up quite a lot of novels and novellas for the month I was in the mood for some short story collections and did a shout out on Twitter for some suggestions. Igifu was one …

Glimpses of the Unknown
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Glimpses of the Unknown

Mike Ashley (ed). British Library Publishing. (336p) ISBN 9780712352666 I picked this up at random quite a while back as I liked the cover and the concept of revisiting never before republished supernatural stories of the early 20th century. This is part of a larger overall series that the British Library is publishing, old supernatural …

New Suns
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New Suns

ed Nisi Shawl. Rebellion. (320p) ISBN 9781781086384 This is one of the first books I requested from NetGalley and I’ve been so remiss in getting reviews done for the books I’ve requested that I thought I best start now and get on with it. New Suns is a collection of “Original Speculative Fiction by People …

Return to Wonderland
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Return to Wonderland

various. Pan Macmillan. (240p) ISBN 9781529006858 Return to Wonderland sees some of my favourite childrens authors take their look at C.S. Lewis’ Wonderland and add their twist. The collection is strong throughout, not one weak story in here. From Peter Bunzl’s story of a shapeshifter baby, through to Amy Wilson’s dreamy and quite threatening story …

Famished
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Famished

Anna Vaught. Influx Press. (112p) ISBN 9781910312490 Famished is the second book centred around food that I’ve read this month, though this one couldn’t be more different from the other, a tantalising collection of short stories with a central theme of food/eating/feasting/consuming. I was given an advanced reading copy by Influx Press to review, and …

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