September32014

An Unseasonal ARC Haiku Review: Santa Clauses…

Welcome one and all to our unseasonably jolly post! It’s Mad Martha with you today, bringing you an early Christmas present – Santa Clauses: Short Poems from the North Pole by Bob Raczka and illustrated by Chuck Groenink!  Despite having verbal first names in common, these two clever blokes have combined their talents to create an eye-soothing Christmas miracle of a picture book, filled with…

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August312014

Jake and the Giant Hand: A Review for The Good, The Sad and The Quirky!

Jake and the Giant Hand: A Good, Sad and Quirky Review!

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Welcome, welcome, come in, make yourself comfortable…for today I have for you a story so strange, so mind-bendingly eerie, so unbelievably weird and bizarre that….no, wait.  I don’t know if you’re up to it. Really.  Maybe you should go somewhere else for your review today, because I wouldn’t want to be responsible for any weirdness-related heart attacks or strange-induced night terrors.  Really?…

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August292014

Adult Fiction Read-it-if Review: The Supernatural Enhancements…

Adult Fiction Read-it-if Review: The Supernatural Enhancements…

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Before we begin today’s review, I would like you to ask yourself the following questions: Do I like to be challenged by twisty, turny bizarre happenings in my reading?  Do I love a good old family mystery involving an apparent curse passed through the male line that results in certain death?  Would I ever name my dog “Help”?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then this book…

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August282014

The Technicality (Lilly McFerrin Writes Five Sentence Fiction: Conflict)

“You know the donut in the fridge with my name written in big letters on the pack – I know you ate it because you’ve got icing sugar caught in your beard, so don’t try to deny it.”

“That’s not icing sugar, I have a rare medical condition that causes loss of pigmentation in beard hair and as I’m quite sensitive about it, I’ll thank you not to mention it again.”

“Oh sure, and I suppose I’ve never noticed it because it comes and goes with no apparent cause?”

“Actually, it mostly only happens after I eat sugar-dusted baked goods. What are the odds, huh?”

August272014

An Indie MG Double Dip: Mystery, Humour, Amateur Detectives and Ice Cream Entrepreneurs…

An Indie MG Double Dip: Mystery, Humour, Amateur Detectives and Ice Cream Entrepreneurs…

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Ahoy my Literati-hearties!  For today’s double-dip review you will need to select a snack that evokes youthfulness and responsibility, coupled with a dipping agent that is equal parts mystery and levity because the middle-grade indie titles that I now present to you are the perfect blend of the aforementioned qualities.  Personally, I’m going for chocolate-coated, ruffle-cut, salted chips paired…

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August252014

Fiction in 50 August Challenge: The Last Place You Look…

Fiction in 50 August Challenge: The Last Place You Look…

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Welcome to the August edition of Fiction in 50, where challengers brave and true undertake an epic quest to create a piece of fiction in fifty words or less, based on a monthly prompt.  New players are always welcome and if you’d like to know more, simply click on the image at the top of the post.

This month’s prompt is…

last place you look

If you want to join in, simply add your contribution to the linky below or…

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August222014

Standing Up for the Little Guy: El Deafo! …and a Fi50 reminder…

El Deafo! …and an Fi50 reminder…

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It’s that time again – break out your narrative-constructing brains and your writing utensil of choice and join in with Fiction in 50! Each month a new prompt is given and intrepid challengers are required to create a piece of fiction in 50 words or less.  This month, the prompt is:

last place you look

If you’d like to join in, simply create your piece of fiction and link it up to the linky in my post on Monday,…

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August192014

A Middle-Grade Steampunk Maniacal Book Club Review: The League of Seven…

A Middle-Grade Steampunk Maniacal Book Club Review: The League of Seven…

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Hold on to your clockwork propeller hats and affix your brass goggles firmly to your face, because the Maniacal Book Club has a rip-snorting steampunk adventure for you today!  Now in the past I’ve been a bit ambivalent about the whole steampunk genre – it seems like something that I should really enjoy but for some reason I had not found any examples of it that I could really get excited…

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August182014

A Middle-Grade Historical Double Dip: Cave Boys and Gods of the Greeks…

A Middle-Grade Historical Double Dip: Cave Boys and Gods of the Greeks…

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Salty snacks at the ready for another Double-Dip review!  Today I’ve got a pair of titles suitable for the middle-grade bracket that will appeal particularly to lovers of history and ancient myth and legend.  I suspect that, while both books will be enjoyed by girls and boys, these two titles are skewed a little toward the boyish end of the market.  But let’s plunge in!

Lug: Dawn of the Ice Age

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August152014

Adult Fiction Read-It-If Review: Mr Wicker…

Adult Fiction Read-It-If Review: Mr Wicker…

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Cheerio my pretties! Today I have an indie fantasy-paranormal-horror story for the grown-ups that features all manner of creepy goings-on.  I was initially drawn to it because of the raven on the cover (cool!) and the fact that it was set partly in a ghostly library (super-cool!) and partly in a psychiatric inpatient facility (count me in!).  I received a digital copy of today’s book, Mr Wicker

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