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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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Bitter Water by Gordon Ferris

Bitter Water by Gordon FerrisGordon Ferris’ first Douglas Brodie novel, The Hanging Shed, caused quite a stir when it was published in 2011, particularly onĀ Kindle where it punched its way quickly to the top of the popularity charts. Judging by that success, it is likely that an army of fans are eagerly awaiting Brodie’s second outing in the follow up — Bitter Water. The dark and brooding atmosphere and action packed story line of the first novel are certainly a tough act to follow, read my full review below to see if Gordon Ferris’ latest manages to hit the spot.

Oh, and one last thing before we get onto the main review, when I wrote this the Kindle version of the book was being sold at a very reasonable price. Click here for Amazon.com and here for Amazon.co.uk.

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The Observations by Jane Harris

The Observations by Jane HarrisThere is no getting away from the fact that there is a whole stack of recent fiction set in the Victorian era and, because of this, Jane Harris’ 2006 novel The Observations, like others in this arena, has its work cut out to be a little different and capture the reader’s imagination.

I got hold of a Kindle copy after receiving a number of recommendations, so my expectations were already set high for the book. Also, since there are a number of the aforementioned stack of books that I have not yet got around to reading, I was looking forward to getting stuck into its nicely weighty 548 pages without having to worry too much about that “oh god, not another” feeling. So, did it live up to all those recommendations?

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The Realm of the Hungry Ghosts by Gary William Murning

The Realm of the Hungry Ghosts by Gary MurningI actually read an earlier draft of Gary William Murning’s latest novel The Realm of the Hungry Ghosts last year (earning myself a kind mention in the acknowledgements into the bargain, cheers Gary!) and have been looking forward to getting my hands on the final published version ever since.

This marks another departure from the tone and subject matter of his previous novels, and perhaps straddles the boundary between Literary Fiction and Horror (but more on that matter below). It is certainly one more piece of evidence which demonstrates this writer’s breadth and adaptability.

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