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, …

Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer

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 …

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Not quite sure what to make of that. Guy Montag is a firefighter, but in this world it means starting fires rather than putting them out. In this dystopian future, all novels are banned and anyone found with books are taken away and their house and all their possessions are set on fire. He seems …

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

I wasn’t sure I was going to like it after the opening chapter but ended up loving it. The book starts when our protagonist is quite young but most of the book is set when she is around seventeen I think. January has grown up with an eccentric millionaire, Mr Locke, in the US around …

Rosewater by Tade Thompson

A strange but compelling book. Set in Nigeria in 2066 this follows our only POV Kaaro as he goes about his daily routines working for a bank, and his other job as an agent for a secret government group called Section 45. Kaaro is a sensitive who can find things and people by basically reading …

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

A good book but somewhat lacking in urgency. Set in a dystopian alternate North America, the US as we know it has been subsumed by a new fundamental religious country called Gilead. Due to a declining birth rate, any women who had a child out of a traditional first marriage are designated as handmaidens and …

Kindred by Octavia Butler

This book is labelled as science fiction but it’s not really. Yes there is time travel but it is only there for plot device, it is not explained and isn’t explored really at all, just taken as a fact from the characters. What this book is really is an exploration of slavery in America in …

Rotherweird by Andrew Caldecott

Quite an odd book that’s hard to describe. It kind of reminded me somewhat of the Library of Mount Char, with a little Gaiman thrown in. It’s definitely very British. It’s all set in the town of Rotherweird, which, the reasons are explained through the story, is effectively an independent town within England where learning …

The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice

In some ways I like this even more than the Vampire Lestat. It is a direct sequel to that book as it ended on a cliffhanger. For the first time we have multiple POV’s which is great, though it is still Lestat ‘writing’ the book. We have Daniel, the boy from Interview with the Vampire. …

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