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25 11, 2017

Book of The Week: Santa Claude

2017-11-25T11:57:08+00:00 November 25th, 2017|Categories: Fiction, Kids, Staff Picks|Tags: , |

Santa Claude by Alex T Smith   Claude, a portly and beloved family dog, is left alone on Christmas Eve while his owners go to a fancy party, to return at midnight. While all falls silent, Claude realises an intruder has broken in, and in a flurry manages to handcuff them to an armchair. Except [...]

25 11, 2017

SKETCHY REVIEW #6 • Never Let Me Go

2017-11-25T11:41:07+00:00 November 25th, 2017|Categories: Fiction, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Sketchy Reviews, Staff Picks|Tags: , , , |

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro is a rare discovery because when it haunts you, you welcome it. The story revolves around the short and entwined lives of Ruth, Tommy, and Kathy; the last of whom explains everything from her perspective - from early childhood to the age of thirty. Kathy is a carer, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]