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Reading Woes

It’s been a terrible 39 days, I know this as I keep a reading diary and that’s been how long it’s been since I actually opened a book. Not bought a book, I’ve bought several in that period that’s not the problem, the problem is I haven’t read a line from any of them. I …

Embassy of the Dead
Book Review

Embassy of the Dead

Will Mabbitt. Hachette. (272p) ISBN 9781510104556 Embassy of the Dead is a story of a misunderstanding, but a misunderstanding that drags Jake Green into the Embassy of the Dead in a race against time and could cost him his life. From the start this is a fast-paced adventure with a lot of humour and spookiness, …

Wed Wabbit
Book Review

Wed Wabbit

Lissa Evans. David Fickling Books. (250p) ISBN 9781910989449 Wed Wabbit had been kicking around my TBR pile for quite a while and kept getting put down until I decided to go for it as it was going to be the 8-12 book club book for the month. I instantly regretted it, by it I mean …

American Gods
Book Review

American Gods

Neil Gaiman. Headline Publishing Group. (736p) ISBN 9780755322817 An American road trip with a difference, new gods meet old gods to fight it out for supremacy and Shadow is at the centre of it all. From the first chapter I was entranced at Neil Gaiman’s imagination and writing. Together they developed a story that was …

The Last Children of Tokyo
Book Review

The Last Children of Tokyo

Yoko Tawada. Granta Books. (144p) ISBN 9781846276705 The Last Children of Tokyo another book that I saw on the trolley as I was shelving and was instantly fascinated by the cover. It also fits in with my goal of reading more books which weren’t originally written in English. Looking at a world in the near …

Journal

Darlington ‘Walkdown’ #01

We’ve been doing variants of this walk for a couple of years before last March but not really doing the full walk. We decided to explore it a bit more during lockdown to see where it all went (there are other bits to add but I’ll add these to other maps since they go off …

Never Let Me Go
Book Review

Never Let Me Go

Kazuo Ishiguro. Faber & Faber. (304p) ISBN 9780571258093 Melancholic. This is about the only word that can be used to describe Never Let Me Go, it is there from the start to the end. Always on the verge of crying. This is such a well-crafted elegy to the dead or those about to die. Nothing …