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24 03, 2018

Book of The Week: Skulduggery Pleasant

2018-03-24T12:55:34+00:00 March 24th, 2018|Categories: Kids, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Staff Picks|Tags: , , |

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy It's not often that you find out that a newly deceased relative was caught up in magical dealings, but Stephanie Edgeley takes it pretty well. When she crosses paths with Skulduggery Pleasant, the re-animated skeleton of a long-dead sorcerer, now working as a detective for the magical community, her own [...]

17 02, 2018

Book Of The Week: The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club

2018-02-17T13:44:15+00:00 February 17th, 2018|Categories: Fiction, Kids, Staff Picks|Tags: , , , |

In a world of magic, mystery and exploration a baby girl is rescued from the frigid wastes of the Arctic by the famous, and slightly odd, explorer: Felix Pearl.  Felix gave his new daughter his last name, but asked the fairies to give her a first name.  The fairies gave her two: Stella Starflake, and [...]

10 02, 2018

Book of The Week: The Bell Jar

2018-02-10T11:32:40+00:00 February 10th, 2018|Categories: Fiction, Staff Picks, Teen|Tags: , , , |

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath   Esther lives in New York. She works as a writer and socialises with the most elite circles a woman can hope to. Her life seems like something she ought to be proud of and content with, until you walk a mile in her shoes. Everywhere Esther turns she [...]

3 02, 2018

Book of The Week: The Wrath & The Dawn

2018-02-03T12:00:54+00:00 February 3rd, 2018|Categories: Fiction, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Staff Picks|Tags: , , |

  The Wrath & The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh Shahrzad's best friend is the latest victim of Khorasan's sombre young ruler, Khalid. Every day, without explanation, he takes a wife and by sunrise the next morning, she is hanged. Shahrzad wants to break that cycle, and kill Khalid. She volunteers herself, and with her wits [...]

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 [...]