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Podcast: 2013 In Review and our Books of the Year

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The end of the year has arrived and so it is time for Rob and Kate to looks back on the titles they have read, pick our their favourites and decide on their books of the year! (more…)

Review: The Seeing by Diana Hendry

Something dangerous is in the air.
When Natalie arrives in the quiet town of Norton, Lizzie is drawn irresistibly to the wild, free-spirited new girl and her strange little brother, Philip.  But her world is about to be turned upside down.
For Natalie has plans – plans to spin a dark web of revenge against those she believes have wronged her and her family.  And Lizzie is soon trapped at its centre. (more…)

Podcast: A Christmas Gift or Two

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Merry Christmas! Kate and Rob play a board game while they discuss Harry Potter, Lisbeth Salander and the books they are hoping to receive this Christmas. We’ll be back on New Year’s Eve with our round-up of our reading year. (more…)

Podcast: Golden Tickets, Six of the Best, Lush Books and a BIG announcement!

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Kate and Rob discuss Charlie and the Chocolate Factory turning fifty years old, six of the best books of the year, a rather Lush book and have a big announcement to make!

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Review: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin

Mr Ai has been sent to observe the inhabitants of the snow-bound planet of Winter.  An androgynous people, like animals they enter phases of sexuality and can be both mother and father at different times in their lives.  To Mr Ai they seem alien, unsophisticated, confusing.  But during a long tortuous journey across the ice, he finds himself losing some of his progressional detachment, befriending one of their outcasts, and reaching a painful understanding of their true nature.  But will he ever learn to see them as they see themselves?

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Podcast: Accessorise Your Reading – What’s Your Perfect Reading Environment?

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Kate and Rob discuss the winner of the Guardian First Book award before turning their attention to book accessories. What’s your favourite book accessory and what is your ideal reading environment? (more…)

Review: Game by Anders de la Motte

“Play or be played in book one of the Game Trilogy , the Swedish thriller series taking the world by storm.

Are you ready to play?

When Henrik “HP” Pettersson picks up a mobile phone on a Stockholm train one morning, he has no idea that his life is about to change forever.

The phone’s invitation to play “The Game” is too tempting to resist and he soon finds himself embarking on a series of dangerous missions. The more daring the task, the greater his thrill and reward.

But fun soon turns to fear as his Police Detective sister is dragged into the action. As their lives spiral out of control, HP faces a challenge he never expected. Can he outwit The Game before it’s too late, or will The Game play him?” (more…)

Join us on the Underworld Readalong

Today starts our read along of Don DeLillo’s Underworld. Why? It began when Jackie from Farmlane books tweeted a link to Flavorwire’s piece detailing the “Top 50 incredibly tough books for extreme readers“. Out of all the books listed, Underworld was the one that leapt out for me. The only DeLillo I’ve read before was Libra, a stunning book focussing on the JFK assassination. This was a set text on my American Literature course at UEA and a book I devoured. It was a book that enthralled the entire class with its perfectly crafted prose and plot and has stuck with me ever since. (more…)

Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

“‘I’ve been waiting for you a long time, Alina,’ he said.  ‘You and I are going to change the world.’”

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.
Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the world of the kingdom’s magical elite – the Grisha.  Could she be the key to setting Ravka free?
The Darkling, a man of seductive charm and terrifying power.  If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.
But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend?  As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future why can’t she ever quite forget him? (more…)