Bonfire of the Perfect – Susan Appleyard

Summary A historical romance novel, set at the time of the Albigensian crusade. For those who may not know, this was a crusade in the Languedoc region of France, by northern Catholics against the perceived heresies of the Cathars, lasting from 1209 to 1229, with another series of repressions in the late 1240’s. The plot … Continue reading Bonfire of the Perfect – Susan Appleyard

The Etymologicon – Mark Forsyth

  Etymology – the study of words and how their meaning has changed throughout history, and of the origins of a word. This is an interesting book. The author ranges across continents, languages, ancient and modern societies, and even different species, in what seems to be a free association of thoughts. I learnt that “Buffalo … Continue reading The Etymologicon – Mark Forsyth

The Luck Uglies – Paul Durham

Summary: This is a early teen fantasy adventure, set in Drowning (a medieval village), ruled by the cruel Earl Longchance. The village lies right beside an ancient forest, and is surrounded by a stone wall. In earlier times, the Luck Uglies protected the village from the Bog Noblins. These monsters live in the swamp which … Continue reading The Luck Uglies – Paul Durham

The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell

Summary: We follow the life of Holly Sykes, as she grows from a 15 year old teenager, to the end of her life. In six different Time sections, we get the backstories of people who will eventually impact Holly’s life, for good and bad. There is also a large element of the mystical/fantasy, which is … Continue reading The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell

All The Broken People – Amy Rivers

Summary: Set in Georgia, Alice Bennett has taken on the role of caregiver to her recently-injured mother-in-law. Travelling from New York, she hopes she will find the space and time to deal with her marital pressures in this quiet picturesque town. Underneath the surface, however, simmering old feuds and resentments are finally boiling over, and … Continue reading All The Broken People – Amy Rivers

The Moth: Occasional Magic

Summary: I had never heard of The Moth, or what it does. It is primarily an American thing, with the occasional show in London and the like. The premise is essentially people getting up and telling their stories. These people run the full gamut, from famous artists, writers and other celebrities, to other less well-known … Continue reading The Moth: Occasional Magic

Author Interview – Richard Easter

Author Interview – Richard Easter My Eleventh Author Interview is with the irrepressible Richard Easter, who in his book Cover Stories has taken eight classic songs, and given them an excellent backstory. He talks here about The General Theory of Haunting, part of a spooky trilogy. He spends the bulk of his time, when writing, … Continue reading Author Interview – Richard Easter