The Feathered Man by Jeremy de Quidt

I must advise you right at the start to beware this book. It's a scary little devil that must be approached with extreme caution. Now I have forewarned you, it's only fair to say you have to read it. This is tip-top horror for older children upwards.In Germany, in days gone by, Klaus ekes a… Continue reading The Feathered Man by Jeremy de Quidt

Waking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand

This is a gloriously crazy mix of religion, anthropology, and archaeology bundled up in a supernatural thriller. It's mad but I loved it. Sweeney is out of her depth at the University of the Archangels and St. John the Divine. It's an old campus with gothic architecture and an arcane atmosphere. As she tries to… Continue reading Waking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand

Katya’s World by Jonathan L. Howard

Katya's World is published by Strange Chemistry, the teen imprint of Angry Robots - which is shaping up as the must-read list for young adult fantasy/scifi/supernatural. They have already released Gwenda Bond's spooky supernatural Blackwood, Kim Curran's time-bending Shift, the teen-witch Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings and the perilous pirate adventure The Assasin's Curse by Cassandra… Continue reading Katya’s World by Jonathan L. Howard

Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

Time Between Us is described by the blurb as The Time Traveller's Wife for teens. Anna and Bennett are separated by sixteen years, never destined to meet, but something draws them together. Bennett is an interloper in Anna's world. He belongs in San Francisco, living his teenage years in the twenty-first century. He shouldn't be enrolled… Continue reading Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

The Missing Ink by Philip Hensher

Oh I had such fun reading this, Philip Hensher made me giggle on more than one occasion with his no nonsense dismissal of stupidity. It was also genuinely educational. I'd never really given the history of handwriting much thought before, despite wading through some pretty difficult early modern hands for my thesis. I am much… Continue reading The Missing Ink by Philip Hensher

The Dinner by Herman Koch

Now this is a novel to get your teeth stuck into. Paul and his brother Serge have an uneasy relationship. Serge is a big-time politician, and in Paul’s opinion lays it all on a bit thick. The novel opens with Paul dwelling on their dinner date that evening. Serge has made the reservation, too easily, at… Continue reading The Dinner by Herman Koch

Wenceslas by Carol Ann Duffy

I know it still isn’t officially Christmas time yet, but I am starting to get a bit excited about the lovely Christmas books available this year. One fairly new tradition I look forward to is the publication of Carol Ann Duffy’s Christmas poem. These gorgeous little hardbacks are so collectible; I have them all. Well,… Continue reading Wenceslas by Carol Ann Duffy

Tom-All-Alone’s by Lynn Shepherd

Come close, lean in, I’m going to tell you a secret. It’s a little scandalous.I’m not very keen on Dickens.There, I’ve said it. The Christmas Books aside, he just leaves me cold. I realise the fault is mine, I’ve just never managed to read one all the way through. A good friend of mine has… Continue reading Tom-All-Alone’s by Lynn Shepherd