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Books of 2021

The Brilliant Abyss

Here is the list of books I’ve read in 2021 with a short review, and if they’ve got a long review a link to that.

Dragon Mountain by Katie & Kevin Tsang

A fast, exciting adventure involving dragons, special powers, friendship, and an old evil. Beautifully set up for book two in March
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The Brilliant Abyss by Helen Scales

A deeply fascinating and wonderful book about the unexplored depths of the ocean and how the ecology is so important to all life on earth and is in the balance now
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One Day All This Will Be Yours by Adrian Tchaikovsky

A brilliantly funny novella, a story of a misanthrope and his pet Allosaurus at the end of time…
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London Falling by Paul Cornell

A brilliant supernatural urban fantasy starting off a series about a darkly mystical London, darker than a lot of other urban magic books
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Purgatory Mount by Adam Roberts

A cracking read that swaps between hard scifi with a 70s flavour and near future scifi without missing a beat and kept me gripped throughout.
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Game Changer by Neal Schusterman

A great concept but for me the pace was just a bit too slow, I’ve loved everything else I’ve read by Neal so was a bit disappointed.
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Circe by Madeline Millar

I listened to this on audiobook and was blown away by the lyricism of it, Perdita Weeks as t he narrator was brilliant. The interweaving of tales once know with tales as seen from Circe’s life was brilliant and I was left wanting much, much more.
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Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

An old favourite revisited in audiobook format, a fast-paced urban fantasy story with some humour but also a bloody darkness foreshadowing the rest of the series.
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Arts Reviews: And How to Write Them by Celia Brayfield

A lovely book full of anecdotes about the writers life, very little else, the nuggets of information re. writing reviews were few and far between.
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The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth by Chris Brogan

I never understand why I continue to read books like this as though they are often well written, as this one was, they always leave me a bit disappointed.
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How Zoologists Organise Things by David Bainbridge

Packed full of beautiful illustrations showing how zoologists have gone around illustrating the classification of the world around them with some biographical notes on key scientists.
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La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

This has been sitting on my #TBR shelves for ever with the Lynx daemon, a wonderfully paced fantasy adventure, we follow Malcolm as he discovers the world he lives in.
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Redder Days by Sue Rainsford

The characters should be interesting, the situation that they are in should be tense and intriguing, the story should slow burn until a fantastic finale.

I couldn’t get to the finale as the other parts, sadly, weren’t there for me.
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