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Lizard World by Terry Richard Bazes

Lizard World by Terry Richard BazesIt is often said that a book needs to grab a reader right from the off, and this was certainly what happened for me with Terry Richard Bazes’ novel Lizard World. After reading just a few opening lines of the sample on Amazon I was hooked and knew I had to get hold of a copy for review. I’ll try and expand further on this below, but there was just something about the Gothic style of the sentence structure that seemed to haul me immediately back 300 years into its world of grave robbers, surgical experimentation and countless other shady goings on. Trust me, dear reader, this is black humour of the highest order.

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The Bones of Avalon by Phil Rickman

The Bones of Avalon by Phil RickmanI recently received a copy of Phil Rickman’s The Heresy of Dr Dee for review, which came as a timely reminder to me that I’d not managed to get around to reading the first novel in this series — The Bones of Avalon. Having now put that right, I am happy to present a review for you here and will hopefully soon be able to provide a review of the aforementioned follow up. If this new novel is anything like as good as the first one, then I know I have a treat in store in my TBR pile.

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The Brandy of the Damned by JMR Higgs

The Brandy of the Damned by JMR HiggsThose of you who have visited this blog previously, may have noticed that I do like an occasional dose of the unusual or off-beat in my reading. I jump between styles and genres as the mood takes me, but every so often I just feel the need for something that makes the brow furrow, makes you flip back a page to see if you actually read that bit correctly. The Brandy of the Damned certainly fits the bill in that respect, because although it made easy reading it was also deliciously unconventional.

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The Trials of Arthur by Arthur Pendragon & CJ Stone

Now this is an interesting one that I recently received for review. The Trials of Arthur was originally published back in 2003, but has now been extensively re-written and updated (eBook version is out now, the revised paperback version is due later in 2012). It is actually not strictly a novel, but I’ve moved the goalposts slightly in order to review it since it reads so well and is also rather fascinating to boot!

It tells the story of a latter day King Arthur and his band of supporters — bikers, Druids, environmental campaigners — from all walks of life. The reason that it is not a novel is that it features, and is co-written by, the great man himself (it really is him, it says so on his passport) so it is actually a true story — a slightly odd, but true, story! I was as cynical on first picking it up as you no doubt are as you read this, but I was soon drawn in and found it was striking a number of chords with me. But even if you read it and somehow don’t find yourself delighting at the wonderful eccentricity that we Brits excel at, you certainly won’t be able to argue that the story is anything other than unique.

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