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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 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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Indian Maidens Bust Loose by Vidya Samson

Indian Maidens Bust Loose by Vidya SamsonIndependent and Self-Publishing are possibly the hottest and most contentious topics in the literary world today. Although I am wholeheartedly behind this trend, as a reader and reviewer, it is unfortunately the case that I do see far too many books of a standard that vindicates the argument of mainstream publishers that their old style gate-keeping is the last bastion of quality.

Thankfully, I also come across novels such as Vidya Samson’s Indian Maidens Bust Loose, which are as well written and edited as anything I read from larger publishers but may simply not meet their commercial requirements, or perhaps even the author’s own plans for their work.

I do have to point out before you read the review, that at the time of writing  Indian Maidens Bust Loose is only available in eBook format, so apologies to those without access to eReaders.

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