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18 11, 2017

Book of The Week: Uglies

2017-11-18T10:33:57+00:00 November 18th, 2017|Categories: Fiction, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Staff Picks, Teen|Tags: , , |

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld   Tally's life doesn't begin, in her opinion, until she turns sixteen. When she turns sixteen, she will undergo a mandatory, life-changing series of brutal operations, and be spat out the other side of it fully transformed from an Ugly to a Pretty. Pretties live glorious lives of celebrity, luxury... and [...]

11 11, 2017

SKETCHY REVIEW #5 • Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse

2017-11-12T18:08:03+00:00 November 11th, 2017|Categories: Kids, Sketchy Reviews, Staff Picks|Tags: , , , |

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse belongs to a new breed of children’s book. Its seamless double-act of words and art by Chris Riddell is an indication of the depth in storytelling that it offers readers; each page is rich with the story's magic, and that’s captivating. While turning the purple-tipped pages of [...]

4 11, 2017

Book of The Week: Get Me The Urgent Biscuits

2017-11-03T15:56:53+00:00 November 4th, 2017|Categories: News, Non-Fiction, Staff Picks|Tags: , , |

Get Me The Urgent Biscuits by Sweetpea Slight   This is the story of how Jane became Sweetpea. Swept up at age 18 by the whirlwind world of theatre, a glorious cacophony propelled by people larger than life and more eccentric than the characters on stage, Sweetpea recounts the true story of how she met [...]

28 10, 2017

SKETCHY REVIEW #4 • A Clockwork Orange

2017-10-26T12:19:36+00:00 October 28th, 2017|Categories: Fiction, News, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Sketchy Reviews, Staff Picks|Tags: , , , |

First and foremost, this is a book only recommended for adults. Trust me. The saving grace in regards to the now-infamous horror between the pages of A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess is that, through the narrator, everything from milk-drinking to ultra-violence is filtered. While civilians are terrorised by each other in Burgess' dystopia, these [...]

28 10, 2017

Book of The Week: Magnus Chase and The Ship of The Dead

2017-10-26T13:50:57+00:00 October 28th, 2017|Categories: Fiction, Staff Picks, Teen|Tags: , , |

Magnus Chase and The Ship of The Dead by Rick Riordan   Magnus was always worried about how he was going to manage the sea voyage, but when your cousin is dating the son of the sea god, things should be fine right?  Of course by the time the team from floor 19 of the [...]

21 10, 2017

Book of The Week: Mort(e)

2017-10-21T11:55:59+00:00 October 21st, 2017|Categories: Fiction, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Staff Picks|Tags: , , |

Mort(e) by Robert Repino   Sebastian is a house cat who loves this neighbour Sheba, a beautiful dog. He also loves his family until things start to change. The father becomes paranoid and dangerous, the mother and children more cautious and afraid. But Sebastian too is changing, growing in both body and understanding. Sebastian gains [...]

14 10, 2017

SKETCHY REVIEW #3 • Poe’s Tales and Poems

2017-10-26T09:23:03+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Categories: Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, News, Sketchy Reviews, Staff Picks|Tags: , , , , |

There are few names that loom larger in the darkness of horror than Edgar Allan Poe. In the Macmillan Collector's Library edition of his Tales and Poems, his sway over all as a storyteller is completely indisputable. As the author of the first modern detective stories, it's a fair conclusion to draw that Poe's own [...]

14 10, 2017

Book of The Week: everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too

2017-10-14T11:32:15+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Categories: Fiction, Staff Picks|Tags: |

everyone's a aliebn when ur a aliebn too by Jomny Sun   How best to describe this book? It is a necessity for dreamers; an illustrated manual for understanding the human condition written in the language of your inner child - a pensive exposé on whimsy, told through the gentle and unapologetically uncomplicated mind of [...]