July232014

A Little Ripper Read-it-if Review and GIVEAWAY: The Girl from the Well…

A Little Ripper Read-it-if Review: The Girl in the Well…

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It is not often that I get to bring you a book that is a hands-down, five-star, should’ve-got-it-in-print read.  Don’t get me wrong, I do bring you lots of wonderful, interesting, original and exciting books on this here shelf, but today I’ve got one of those special ones.  It’s a keeper. The kind you buy in hardback and keep on the “special” shelf (wherein lie the oldest knick knacks with the…

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July212014

A quickie for poetry fans: Odeful and Other Poems…

A quickie for poetry fans: Odeful and Other Poems…

Today I have for something for the young and the lovers of poetry.  Those two often go together, don’t they?  The image of the youthful, angst-ridden poet railing against the world with wordy weapons is quite easy to conjure up.  Happily though, the poems that you will find in Odeful and Other Poemsby Jennifer Recchio are not angst-ridden in the slightest, despite being pitched as poetry about…

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Flash Giveaway (Australia Only): The Buried Life…

Flash Giveaway (Australia Only): The Buried Life…

Yes, you heard right! It’s a flash giveaway and it’s exclusively for Aussie residents – yipyah!

Thanks to Angry Robot Books, I am giving away one print ARC copy of The Buried Life by Carrie Patel.  This gaslight/steampunk murder mystery is due for release in early August, so the lucky winner will be among the first to get their paws on a copy.

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Here’s the synopsis (from Goodreads):

The gaslight…

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July172014

Utopirama: A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home…

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Welcome once again to the semi-regular Utopirama feature, wherein I aim to heighten awareness about certain books that promote that feeling of happiness and that sense of all being right with the world.  Books featured in Utopirama posts are cosy reads, in which nothing occurs to disturb your equilibrium.  Today’s offering is one for the dog-lovers. And also for the nursing home lovers (in case…

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July162014

Surprised by Joy (and a feathered fowl): The Duck and The Darklings…

Surprised by Joy (and a feathered fowl): Aussie Picture Book The Duck and The Darklings…

Welcome literary wayfarers! I have something special for you today.  Once every so often, a picture book comes along that is as visually appealing as it is moving, as lyrical in prose as it is engaging in content.  The Duck and the Darklings is just such a book.  The book is the product of another successful and inspiring collaboration between Glenda Millard (who I have mentioned on the blog…

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July New Release Giveaway Hop! Win stuff! and stuff…

July New Release Giveaway Hop! Win stuff!

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Flash giveaway! Hooray! 

I saw the sign ups for this one and I just couldn’t resist joining in.  The July New Release Giveaway Hop is hosted by Bo-ok Nerd and runs from July 15th to 31st.  It is a hop, as well, so don’t forget to hop along and check out the other participants’ giveaways in the linky at the end of the post.

The idea of this hop is to give away a book that has been released in…

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July142014

A Middle-Grade Double-Dip: Awkward Falls and Unladylike Murders…

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Turn your salsa up to extra-hot folks, because I have two books for you today that will set your tastebuds tingling (in a metaphorical sense, obviously).  Both are aimed at the older end of the middle-grade audience, both feature shocking murders, and both also feature a team of two young friends intent on solving the respective mysteries presented.  Let us begin!

First up, we have The Orphan…

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July112014

Adult Fiction Read-it-if Review: Irregular Verbs and Other Stories…

Adult fiction Read-it-if Review: Irregular Verbs and Other Stories

Afternoon story-lovers! Today I have another title for the grown-ups and this one is a collection of short stories, something that I know many of you love to indulge in (for both reading and writing).  Irregular Verbs and Other Stories by Matthew Johnson features a whole range of short delights that run the gamut from accidental time-travelling folk from ancient civilisations, to the deliberate…

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July92014

Adult Fiction Read-it-if Review: Alias Hook…

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Top of the Neverland to you all! Today I have a slightly unusual candidate for my fairy tale makeover series, in that the story being retold isn’t exactly a fairy tale. But it does have fairies in it. So that’s close enough for me.  I speak, of course, of Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen which tells the well-known story of Peter Pan from the point of view of the much-maligned Captain Hook, and does so…

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July42014

Mad Martha’s Lantern Review: The Lonely Crow…

Cheerio my dears, it’s Mad Martha with you today for a Lantern review for the littlies.  Today’s title is a new release picture book from those cheerful, hard-working, astronomical-postage-cost-ignoring munchkins at Book Guild, and it features an avian friend who, it seems like many of us today, has fallen victim to the current shortage of affordable housing.  I speak of The Lonely Crow by Paul…

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