Book Review: Smoke and Mirror by Neil Gaiman

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smoke and mirrorsTitle: Smoke and Mirrors
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Short stories / Fantasy
Date: 2013 (1998)
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Pages: 389
Started: 27th January 2019
Completed: 12th February 2019
Rating: 4/5
Summary: An elderly widow finds the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat. A stray cat fights and refights a terrible nightly battle to protect his unwary adoptive family from unimaginable evil. A young couple receives a wedding gift that reveals a chilling alternative history of their marriage. These tales and much more await in this extraordinary book, revealing one of our most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers.

American Gods coverNeil Gaiman is an English author known for his novels American Gods and Stardust, and the comic Sandman. His first published novel, Good Omens, was a collaboration with Terry Pratchett.

I have previously reviewed Norse Mythology and I have read American Gods but haven’t reviewed it…

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#Review – #GallowsTreeLane by Kate London (@kate_katelondon) @CorvusBooks @AnneCater

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Seeing as I screwed up my blog tour dates, I am delighted to post my review of ‘Gallowstree Lane’ on my blog tour. Apologies to the author, Corvus Books and RandomThingsTours for my genuine error.

Please don’t let me die. Please don’t.The final words of teenager Spencer Cardoso as he bleeds out on a London street, his life cut short in a single moment of rage.

When a teenage boy steps out of the shadows ofGallowstreeLane and asks a passer-by for help, it’s already too late. His life is bleeding out on the London street.

The murder threatens to derail Operation Perseus, a cover police investigation into theEardsleyBluds, an organised criminal network. Detective Kieran Shaw can’t and won’t allow that to happen. But fifteen-year-old Ryan has other ideas. He’s witnessed the death of his best friend, and now he wants someone to pay…


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Review: Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard

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CW’s: Blood, Violence

Fans of Susan Dennard’s New York Times bestselling Witchlands series have fallen in love with the Bloodwitch Aeduan. And now, finally, comes his story.

High in a snowy mountain range, a monastery that holds more than just faith clings to the side of a cliff. Below, thwarted by a lake, a bloodthirsty horde of raiders await the coming of winter and the frozen path to destroy the sanctuary and its secrets.

The Bloodwitch Aeduan has teamed up with the Threadwitch Iseult and the magical girl Owl to stop the destruction. But to do so, he must confront his own father, and his past.

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I think we can get it out-of-the-way right now that I totally LOVED Bloodwitch, it certainly lived up to my hype and it was totally worth the long wait to finally read the story…

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The Captain’s Log – dragon pearl (Yoon Ha Lee)

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Ahoy there me mateys!  I have been meaning to read more of this author’s work ever since I read the odd but interesting short story called the starship and the temple cat.  It can be found for free at the beneath ceasless skies website by clicking here.  I do own the first book in his machineries of the empire series but haven’t yet read it.  I decided to tackle this young adult title first.

The story follows a young fox spirit named Min who is biding her time until she can join the Space Forces like her older brother Jun.  Then her family is visited by a government representative who is looking for answers regarding Jun’s desertion from the Force.  Min is convinced that her brother is innocent and runs away to rescue her brother, clear his name, and bring him home.

Ah how I loved this one.  First…

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Camillea Reads

I love girls with just the right balance of being ruthless and tender. Falling in to Rin Chupeco’s The Bone Witch was inevitable! The Bone Witch with its endearing prose and diverse culture seduced me entirely. When I first picked up the book, I had assumed the plot would follow the “Chosen One” trope, in fact, it seemed very likely that it was going to be a “girl saves kingdom” kind of book. And while many, many events lead to this assumption, my thoughts slowly wavered as I realized this a book about a girl being consumed by vengeance.

The world of The Bone Witch is built on traditions. The characters portrayed in this book who seem to be a mix of East Asia, Russia, and South East Asia. In fact, many of the places mentioned seem to have been influenced by cultures of Asia and the Middle East. Rin…

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Writing Corner: On How Writing For Different Platforms Helps With Fiction


Hi everyone! Yes. it is me, I am hoping to keep the guest posts from last month coming as a more regular thing on this feature, but as I couldn’t find anyone for February, you’re stuck with me again. I think today’s post should be pretty interesting though, I’m going to be talking about my experiences writing on different platforms and how I think these have helped me become a better fiction writer.

It’s no secret that I write A LOT. I’m a blogger, I write for student news website The National Student, my entire degree is writing based, and of course I have my novel, so honestly, there aren’t many points in a given day where I’m not writing something or other. And obviously practice makes perfect when it comes to writing, so any writing you do is good practice for writing a novel, but I think that particularly…

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