LitStack Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins Riverhead Books Release Date:  January 13, 2015 ISBN 978-1-59463-366-9 Rachel Watson may not have hit rock bottom yet, but she’s pretty darned close.  Her husband Tom divorced her after having an affair and then marrying “the other woman”.  She had started drinking back when she and Tom had [….]

LitStack Review: The Severed Streets by Paul Cornell

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The Severed Streets Paul Cornell Tor Books Publication Date:  May 20, 2014 ISBN 978-0-7653-3028-4 It’s modern day, London, summer, hot.  The city is in the grips of social unrest:  masked mobs march in protest of funding and service cuts while perceived graft and waste in government flows on unabated, the police are tired of seeing [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – The Things You Learn…

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I am currently reading The Severed Streets, sequel to Paul Cornell’s exemplary supernatural  crime novel, London Falling, and the concept of ostentation came up for discussion (with author Neil Gaiman – who is a rather fateful fictional iteration of himself in the book – as the literary provocateur).  Not the notion of ostentation as “a [….]

LitStack Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

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A Darker Shade of Magic V. E. Schwab Tor Books Release Date:  February 24, 2015 ISBN 978-0-7653-7645-9 London is such a touchstone for magic and magical things.  Whether it be the environ of Harry Potter’s Ministry of Magic or the setting for Marie Brennan’s Onyx Court, Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, Charlie Fletcher’s Oversight series, or even [….]

Flash Review – Glow by Ned Beauman

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Glow Ned Beauman Alfred A. Knopf Release Date:  January 20, 2015 ISBN 978-0-385-35260-4 Raf is 22 years old, and living in London, at least for a while longer.  He just broke up with his girlfriend and feels like he has to get away, has to start over somewhere new.  Problem is, other than bad memories [….]

Flash Review – Us by David Nicholls

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Us David Nicholls HarperCollins Publishers Release Date:  October 28, 2014 ISBN 978-0-06-236558-3 Douglas Petersen is fifty-four years old, a biochemist by trade who had left the laboratory some years ago to become the head of Research and Development for a large corporation.  He has a beautiful, artistic wife and a seventeen year old son who [….]

LitStack Review: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

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The Paying Guests Sarah Waters Riverhead Books Release Date:  September 16, 2014 ISBN 978-1-59463-311-9 Sarah Waters is known for her historical depictions of Victorian and war time life and women who lived surrogate lives within their confines.  Yet her works have been said to defy easy labels such as “costume dramas” or “lesbian literature”.  Author [….]

LitStack Review: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

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The Silkworm Robert Galbraith Little, Brown and Company Release Date:  June 19, 2014 ISBN978-0-316-20687-7 I daresay, even if I didn’t know that Robert Galbraith was a pen name of J.K. Rowling, I still would thoroughly enjoy the Cormoran Strike detective novels, of which The Silkworm is the second installment (The Cuckoo’s Calling being the first). [….]

Flash Review – Life After Life

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Life After Life Kate Atkinson Little, Brown and Company Release Date:  March 14, 2013 ISBN 978-0-316-17648-4 On a cold, snowy English night in 1910, a stillborn baby is born to upper middle class Sylvie and Hugh Todd.  They name her Ursula.  On the same night, little Ursula Todd is born with an umbilical cord wrapped [….]

LitStack Review: The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher

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The Oversight Book 1 of The Oversight Trilogy Charlie Fletcher Orbit Released:  May 6, 2014 ISBN 978-0-316-27951-2 There is no city that stand as a hingepoint for the mixing of the mundane and supernatural than London, England.  Whether it be historical relations between man and fey (such as in Marie Brennan’s “Onyx Court” series), the [….]