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:

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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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August132014

ARC Adult Fiction Lantern Review: The Indifference League…

Good morning to you, you super reader, you! It is Mad Martha with you today, (AKA the Poetical Affliction!) with a lantern review of a book for the grown-ups.  Today’s offering is The Indifference League by Richard Scarsbrook.

The Indifference League focuses on a group of high school friends (although the term could be applied loosely) who have chosen to gather together in their collective 30th…

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August112014

Mondays with Marple: A break in transmission…

Mondays with Marple: A break in transmission…

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Welcome once again to the reasonably self-explanatory Mondays with Marple, in which we discuss Agatha Christie’s works featuring the delightful Jane Marple.  Today I’m doing things a bit differently, because I’m going to present to you a book that doesn’t feature Miss Marple, and of which Agatha Christie has only written a chapter.  The reason I’ve chosen this one is because I immediately became…

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August62014

Fashions off the Shelf: A Collection Inspired by Picture Books…

Fashions off the Shelf: A Collection Inspired by Picture Books…

Morning all! I’m taking a break from reviewing today to bring you a little treat I’ve been thinking about ever since I was inspired by a post over at Book Riot about Literary Inspired Fashion Collections that Should Exist.  Besides raising a few hearty chuckles, it got me cogitating over other picture books that might lend themselves to making an unforgettable fashion statement and finally, I am…

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August42014

A Graphic Novel Double-Dip: Megalomaniacal Cats and the Highschool from Hell…

A Graphic Novel Double-Dip: Meg

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Grab your savoury carbohydrate-based snack of choice and get ready to double-dip into the spicy relish of graphic noveldom, for today I have two of the same for your viewing pleasure.  The first is for the grown-ups, while the second is aimed at a YA audience.  Let’s get dipping!

I Was the Cat by Paul Tobin and Benjamin Dewey opens with protagonist Allison Breaking, investigative journalist and…

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August12014

A Picture Book Double Dip: Two Eye-Popping Non-Fiction Titles for Mini-Fleshlings of an Inquisitive Nature…

A Picture Book Double Dip: Two Eye-Popping Non-Fiction Titles for Mini-Fleshlings of an Inquisitive Nature…

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Morning all! Today I am bringing you a doubly delicious feast for the eyeballs as we dive into two non-fiction picture books that will have you and your mini-fleshling scratching your respective heads in wonder.  Let us commence!

ifIf: A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbersby David J. Smith and Steve Adams, does exactly what it says on the box (well, cover).  Each double page…

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July302014

A Maniacal Book Club Review: The Frankenstein Journals…

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Allow me to bid fair morning to you, be you fleshling, stone-ish or monstrosity uncategorised.  Today the Maniacal Book Club is proud to present and discuss the soon-to-be-released middle grade novel The Frankenstein Journals by Scott Sonneborn, dealing, as it does, with the growing pains of a monster on a quest.  We were delighted to receive a digital copy of this illustrated lovely from the…

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