Book Chat

May Round Up

Hello – welcome to my bookish round up of May! Second month of lockdown and my wee reading slump got slightly better… possibly helped by some cracking books!

Ash Mountain by Helen Fitzgerald

An Orenda Books blog tour review.

Cast your mind back to a time before COVID-19… I know it’s difficult, but try. Remember Australia was on fire? Yes? You’d forgotten hadn’t you?

Full Review

Hidden in the Shadows by Imogen Matthews

A Random Things blog tour review.

What an absolutely lovely, heartwarming and inspiring wee book!

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The A26 by Pascal Garnier

At only 100 pages this is a short and quite frankly bizarre novel.

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Tainted Love by T.S. Hunter

Tainted Love is the first novel in T. S. Hunter’s Soho Noir series. It’s only 105 pages long so it’s just a wee tiddler of a book, perfect for a quick read when you want to switch off for an hour or two.

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Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett

Thief of Time is one of my favourite Pratchett novels. I listened to this one as an audiobook through Audible and it was just as good as I remembered. This will always be a book I go back to time and time again.

It’s typical Pratchett – completely ridiculous!

Blurb: Time is a resource. Everyone knows it has to be managed.

And on the Discworld that is the job of the Monks of History, who store it and pump it from the places where it’s wasted (like the underwater – how much time does a codfish need?) to places like cities, where there’s never enough time.

But the construction of the world’s first truly accurate clock starts a race against, well, time for Lu Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd. Because it will stop time. And that will only be the start of everyone’s problems.

THIEF OF TIME comes complete with a full supporting cast of heroes, villains, yetis, martial artists and Ronnie, the fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse (who left before they became famous). 

The Cabinet of Calm by Paul Anthony Jones

A NetGalley advance review copy.

Soothing Words For Troubled Times. If ever there was a book for the current circumstances we find ourselves in, The Cabinet of Calm is it.

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Venators: Promises Forged by Devri Walls

Part of The Write Reads blog tour.

As the blurb says, Promises Forged jumps straight back into the story of Rune and Grey. If you’ve read my review of Magic Unleashed then you’ll know how much I loved the story and Promises Forged is even better.

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

The book is the story of a tiny coffee shop in Tokyo where customers can travel back in time to any point they like. There are several rules though: whatever they do in the past won’t affect the present day; they cannot leave their seat in the cafe and they MUST return to the present before their coffee gets cold in the past.

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A Wanted Man by Rob Parker

Ben Bracken… *swoon*. You would.

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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

I’ve been trying to read some of the ‘classics’. This was on my list – it took me nearly 2 months to read and it’s SUCH a short book! The language is complex and it takes a lot of concentration! I did enjoy it though, and I’m glad that I’ve now read the novel that inspired Ian Rankin to become an author.

The Cat and The City by Nick Bradley

A NetGalley advance review copy.

Now. This book really upset me. I got to 80% and something happened in the book that shocked me so much that I stopped reading. I will go back and read the final 20% at some point as The Cat in The City has received nothing but glowing reviews (it’s one of the Radio 2 Book Club picks for goodness sake).

I was desperate to read it: Cats? Tick. Japanese Fiction? Check. Available on NetGalley? Tick. Friendly author on Twitter? Tick.

I am willing to be proved wrong and change my opinion. A book that can cause such an extreme reaction should be completed. And I will.

The Curator by M.W. Craven

Another NetGalley advance review copy.

This book is just fantastic. Another one that I picked up on NetGalley because there’s been a huge buzz about it all over Twitter. The Curator is the third instalment in M.W. Craven’s Washing Poe series.

Mr Craven has won the CWA Dagger Award for a previous novel and it’s not really that difficult to see why.

I couldn’t give this novel anything other than 5 stars. It’s outstanding.

The Curator is a complex and engaging thriller with characters that shock, horror have been written like real people. While the story has lots of turns it’s easy to follow and the ending is totally unexpected but believable. Loved it.

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