The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

This was entertaining enough but I wasn’t mad about it and not sure I’ll continue with the series. Set in Egypt and somewhere in the Middle East during the Napoleonic Wars, this is the story of Nahri as she unwittingly gets herself involved in the secret world of the Djinn and other fantastical races and …

Lost Acre by Andrew Caldecott

Overall a brilliant read, though slightly let down by the very end. Last book of the series so can’t really go into too much detail. Let’s just say that all the characters have to deal with the consequences of the end of the last book and things get even more weird and mysterious. Most of …

Wyntertide by Andrew Caldecott

In some ways I have even less of an idea of what’s going on, but not in a bad way. A couple of months have passed since the events of the first book. Things appear to have settled back to normal but there are signs that this is more the calm before the storm than …

Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark

An unusual mix of history and cosmic horror. The premise of this is that during the height of segregation in the American south in the early part of the twentieth century, the Ku Klux Klan are secretly being controlled by monsters called Ku Klux’s who feed on human’s hate and pain. Fighting them are monster …

The Buried Giant by Kazou Ishiguro

Wasn’t expecting to enjoy that as much as I did. Set sometime in the ‘Dark Ages’ of Britain, this is the story of Axl and Beatrice, an older couple, who set out to find their son who’ve not seen in a long time who apparently leaves in a village nearby. Along the way they are …

of Ants and Dinosaurs by Cixin Liu

A decent read but the style made it difficult to invest. This is an imagined history of the Cretaceous Period where Ants and Dinosaurs set up a kind of symbiotic civilization based on mutual needs. It covers around two thousand years of history and details how the relationship between the two species started and developed …

The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

Had potential but didn’t quite get there. This is set in Ireland in a future where the Sidhe, or the Tuatha de Danaan, have reappeared to get their vengeance on all Irish people after being trapped in a kind of hell for the last few thousand years. Ireland has been cut off from the rest …

Zone One by Colson Whitehead

Some nice phrases and imagery but I found my mind glazing over far too often. Our protagonist Mark Spitz is part of a civilian clean up crew in New York. The only slight difference here to a regular cleaning job is that it is zombies that he is cleaning up rather than dirt. What follows …

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Wow, I just enjoyed that so much, it’s a beautiful book. Piranesi (not his name, he’s not sure what it is and doesn’t particularly care) leaves in the World, which is a series of halls and chambers that are full of statues, which cover three levels. The ground levels contain the sea whereas the upper …

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

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, …

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