BOOK REVIEW: AUTUMN BY ALI SMITH

Autumn is a bit different from previous Ali Smith novels. There is the usual word play, clever puns, metafictional element, 60s nostalgia, and most of all, those moments of simple, everyday, human connection that Ali Smith does so well. But this one is a much more urgent novel then her previous work.

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STORY REVIEW: THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER

"The Fall of the House of Usher" is one of Edgar Allan Poe's most well known and best crafter short stories. From the very first line until the end, Poe uses great detail to describe the story’s setting, which makes you feel like you’re actually ‘watching’ the story. Here's a look at an all time classic read perfect for Halloween.

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BOOK REVIEW: THE TRAVELLING COMPANION by IAN RANKIN

The Travelling Companion is a novella by Ian Rankin, who is mostly known for his crime novels featuring his hero, Inspector John Rebus. This novella however is not quite in the same vein. It contains elements from Rankins distinct style of crime/mystery writing, but it is much more contained. Would recommend The Travelling Companion for, well, travelling!

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BOOK REVIEW: THE SECRET HISTORY BY DONNA TARTT

The Secret History is Donna Tartt's debut novel, and it has now gained the status of a modern classic. Focusing on the lives of a group of privileged students and their eccentric and manipulative Classics professor, The Secret History is a study in morality, aesthetics, and intellectual vanity.

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BOOK REVIEW: GODSGRAVE BY JAY KRISTOFF

Godsgrave continues the thrill Kristoff set up in his 2016 novel Nevernight. The novel follows teenage assassin Mia Corvere as she further develops her plot to avenge the death of her parents. The sequel proves to be somewhat different from the original in terms of tone and setting, but is still true to the distinct voice that emerged from Nevernight.

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BOOK REVIEW: WINTER SMITH - THE SECRETS OF FRANCE BY J.S. STRANGE

In the sequel to his 2016 YA zombie novel Winter Smith: London’s Burning, Strange has once again shown talent for balancing a plot-driven narrative with character development. Does Winter Smith: The Secrets of France meet expectations for anyone who has read Strange’s debut novel?

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BOOK REVIEW: NEVERNIGHT BY JAY KRISTOFF

The fantasy novel Nevernight is the first in a series by Kristoff, about Mia Corvere, a girl born and raised in the highest social class in the Itreyan Republic’s capital, Godsgrave. After her family is torn apart by certain people in the government, Mia's best chance at revenge is training at the Red Church, a school that produces the best assassins in the world.

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BOOK REVIEW: THE JILTED BRIDE BY KRISTEN REED

The Jilted Bride expands on the mythology of Cinderella, and is in essence a retelling of a well-known story which draws on folklore and Christian values. This leaves us only one question: do the strong hints of feminist writing succeed in making this novel anything more than a simple Cinderella retelling?

 

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BOOK REVIEW: WINTER SMITH – LONDON'S BURNING BY J.S. STRANGE

Winter Smith: London’s Burning is a young adult zombie novel, and accordingly gives us a fast paced story which includes zombies that are among the scariest in literature. Apart from the popularity of anything zombie-related, how does J.S. Strange in his novel offer substance to the regular YA reader?

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