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Lovecraft Country
Journal

August update

This month has been a good month for reading including actually enjoying audiobooks for the first time, it’s also been a good month for my blogging in general. At the start of the month I decided to do some blog consolidation and have now ended up with just four blogs: Big Bearded Bookseller – my …

Amazing Women of the Middle East
Book Review

Amazing Women of the Middle East

Wafa Tarnowska. Pikku Publishing. (112p) ISBN 9781999639853 I was given this to preview by the publishers to include in the www.indiebookshops.com monthly newsletter as well as review on here, so watch out for the newsletter to see what extra terms are being offered for Independent Bookshops on the release of this book. I’ve always loved …

Holiday Heart
Book Review

Holiday Heart

Margarita Garcia Robayo. Charco Press. (160p) ISBN 9781999368449 I had previously read Fish Soup by Margarita Garcia Robayo and thought it was absolutely stunning so was really looking forward to reading this and wasn’t disappointed at all. This sounds simple, and in a way it is but Margarita takes this simplicity and shines it to …

In the Beginning... Was the Command Line
Book Review

In the Beginning… Was the Command Line

Neal Stephenson. William Morrow Paperbacks. (151p) ISBN 9780380815937 It’s been quite a while since I read this and I remember it being a book that helped me navigate the social phenomenon of the Internet and how it has developed. Mainly humorous, definitely tongue-in-cheek, this book still makes points that are worth exploring today even though …

100 Ideas That Changed Photography
Book Review

100 Ideas That Changed Photography

Mary Warner Marian. Orion Publishing. (216p) ISBN 9781856697965 A comprehensive overview of one hundred ideas that ‘changed’ photography. Though not exhaustive, this is a good look at various ideas that have been developed in the lifetime of the science and art of photography. Each entry is well thought out and formatted to make the information …

Secrets of a Sun King
Book Review

Secrets of a Sun King

Emma Carroll. Faber & Faber. (304p) ISBN 9780571328499 In Emma Carrol’s latest historical adventure for Middle Grade we find Lilian and her friends in a race against time to stop the Pharaoh’s curse. Right from the start this goes at a cracking pace that pulls you along in anticipation of the next part of the …

Ultramarines
Journal

July reading update

July, like June has pretty much been a bust for me when it comes to reading fiction, could also say the same for non-fiction. I started so many books and just couldn’t get past page 20, so many good books as well. I know it’s me and I know I’ll get back to reading at …