Summary: This is a dystopian near-future. Britain is essentially a wasteland, ruled by the Authority (a totalitarian type government), and everything is grey and bleak. Everything in people’s lives is controlled, right down to women being forced to fit contraceptive devices. The hometown of our narrator, Penrith, is over-crowded, filled with despairing people doing meaningless … Continue reading The Carhullan Army – Sarah Hall
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
Summary: This book deals with the life of Francis “Frank” Phelan, homeless guy in 1930’s Albany, New York. It gives a couple of days in his life, along with various flashbacks to enable us to see how he got to be the way he is. It is the third in the author's "Albany" cycle of … Continue reading Ironweed – William Kennedy
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
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
Where do the dreamers go to?
Second in the Kingkiller Chronicles.
Summary: This book deals with relationships, how life paths can change dramatically (for better or worse) through failure to recognise “sliding door” moments, and making sure you make the most of the one sure life you have. Main Characters: Sam Valentiner: The son, thirteen years old, who is super-smart, and a synaesthete – he can … Continue reading Book of Dreams – Nina George
Magic and Wonder in the Emporium
Edwardian gothic horror.