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Barry’s Bloody Books

A wander through the world of speculative fiction where I look at all things fun and fantastical…

  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

    31st Mar 2021 by

    5 star first half, 3 star second half. So this is the story of Addie (Adeline) LaRue. To get out of a marriage that she didn’t want, she makes a deal with some sort of spirit/god that she ends up calling Luc. He ensures that she will be free forever to do what she wants,… Read more

  • The Mage-Fire War by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

    26th Mar 2021 by

    Beltur and Jessyla have now been made the councillors of Haven along with their companions and have been charged with getting it under control as it has been essentially lawless for a few years at this stage. However they find that there are bigger forces at play and find themselves caught up in a war… Read more

  • The Martian by Andy Weir

    25th Feb 2021 by

    I can see how it was so popular, it kept me on the edge of my seat for most of it. Mark Watney is the protagonist in this story about an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars after a freak accident during a storm in which his crew and all the people back on earth… Read more

  • Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer

    18th Feb 2021 by

    I’m honestly not sure if I liked that or not. I think overall I did but there were definitely parts that I struggled through. The book is narrated by an unnamed woman who just calls herself Jane Smith. She lives a fairly normal life with her husband and teenage daughter, and works for a cybersecurity… Read more

  • The Servant of the Bones by Anne Rice

    5th Feb 2021 by

    This was an intriguing read though a bit overwrought in places. It is the story of Azriel, a kind of ghost or demon who was once a mortal man but was transformed. It’s framed in the narrative of him telling his story to an academic and traces his mortal life in the time of Cyrus… Read more

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