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Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 1

Once you have read American Gods you will almost inevitably look at every other Neil Gaiman novel you pick up and sigh, somewhat disappointed at the relatively diminutive size of it, longing to be immersed in something as chunky as … Continue reading

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Neil Young – Waging Heavy Peace

For me Waging Heavy Peace was an incredibly revealing book, although I suspect not for the reasons that Neil Young‘s publicists might have anticipated or indeed wanted. Having struggled with Jimmy McDonough’s Shakey – I have owned it for many years … Continue reading

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Jim Woodring – Fran

I have no absolutely no idea what made me pick this wordless graphic novel up in the Midtown New York comic book store that was just down the road from our hotel. Something about Fran’s sassy pose demanded that I … Continue reading

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Richard Morgan – The Steel Remains

After the often wooden and occasionally painful Handling Of The Dead,  The Steel Remains initially provided some much-needed literary relief. Richard Morgan‘s first foray into the fantasy world it is in a similar vein to Joe Abercrombie’s work in terms of its … Continue reading

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Handling The Undead – John Ajvide Lindqvist

I thoroughly enjoyed John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Let The Right One In, marvelling at his modern retelling of the vampire tale and also at the quality of the translation, so when I saw this book about zombies while browsing Waterstones, complete with … Continue reading

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Under The Dome – Stephen King

When you get right down to it Stephen King’s Under The Dome is a great big book based on a fairly simple premise: what would it be like for a town full of people to be subjected to the sort … Continue reading

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Sixty-One Nails – Mike Shevdon

Or, to give it its full title ‘Sixty-One Nails: Courts of the Feyre’, which sort of gives away the fact that it is the first of many by this author. I’ll be honest and state right up front that, for … Continue reading

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Neil Gaiman – The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

Painted with a more sparing brush than his earlier work (save possibly The Graveyard Book), The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a delightful, magical vignette on the rural Britain of my childhood, as well as an  insight … Continue reading

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Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan – The Night Eternal

Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan‘s The Strain was an interesting take on the vampire story in that it tried very hard to set up a plausible biological explanation for vampirism, staying largely away from the occult aspects. In so … Continue reading

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The Mongoliad Book Three

Like the other two books before it, book three of The Mongoliad was generally speaking a joy to read, plus it was great to discover that, upon finishing book three, there was still more to come (for some strange reason … Continue reading

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