Tutankhamen’s Curse by Joyce Tyldesley

This is a brilliantly accessible book from the splendid Joyce Tyldesley. She has written an engaging tale  that encompasses the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb, the afterlife of the supposed curse, and Tutankhamen's place in Egyptian dynastic history. And the best part is it's all true!Books are very good value: £1.75 for a lifetime of enjoyment.I… Continue reading Tutankhamen’s Curse by Joyce Tyldesley

The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams

Excuse me while I morph into a crazy fan-girl for a moment...I love love love this book, it is cool and fab and lots of other gushy words, and I heart Bobby Dollar so much it hurts...Right, back to normal now, although I truly did love this book. It saw me over a couple of… Continue reading The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams

Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

I heard about this book through David Hebblethwaite who rated it very highly indeed. I read his review and decided it was definitely for me. I am very interested in fables and fairy tales and love a good retelling or re-imagining. Redemption in Indigo begins with a Senegalese folk tale, then takes the story much further… Continue reading Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

Alif the Unseen is an unusual mixture, to me, of modern technology and politics with magic and legend. Set in an authoritarian Middle Eastern regime it tells the tale of Alif, a computer-programming prodigy. Alif is a grey hat, protecting a virtual community of programmers, hackers and bloggers from government censure. His ability to code… Continue reading Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

Top of the Pile

Like avid readers everywhere I have the most enormous piles of books scattered liberally throughout my house. Occasionally I feel overwhelmed by the number of books I want to read compared to the amount of time I have to read them in. Generally though I am very quickly distracted from this unhappy thinking by another… Continue reading Top of the Pile

The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson

This is the second novel to be published by the new Hammer imprint. I read and enjoyed the first, Helen Dunmore’s creepy ghost story, very much. I was very impatient to read this one, combining one of my favourite authors and historical topics as it does. Jeanette Winterson reimagining the Pendle Witch Trials of four… Continue reading The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson