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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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Florence and Giles by John Harding

Florence and Giles by John Harding I actually read John Harding’s novel Florence and Giles late last year, and it is a book that I have really been looking forward to reviewing. In some ways it is tricky to review this type of book, as it would be so easy to spoil the suspense by giving too much away. The enjoyment in writing this one though, comes from the way in which it has revived my memories of its lead character, Florence. She really is a rather wonderful creation, and I actually found myself smiling broadly as I typed this.

Strong and creative characterisation is at the heart of the majority of the books I most enjoy reading, so John Harding was already half way there in having me hooked, but a truly good novel obviously needs so much more than this — did Florence & Giles deliver?

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