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The Owl Service by

The Owl Service by Alan Garner

Alison and Roger have come to Wales on a holiday with their parent and respective step-parent. Roger’s father and Alison’s mother have recently married and in a way this is a sort of bonding session. The house is technically Alison’s, she inherited from an uncle. Gwynn is the housekeeper’s son, the same age as Alison and Roger but very much

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Clever dog by

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illus. by Jo van Kampen. I’ll admit that I’ve watched a fair amount of Cesar Milan and his dog whispering, but while the television show entertains me, and he certainly seems to get results, I can’t say I’m that enamoured of the whole dominance basis of dog training. And his argument that dogs are wolves doesn’t work with me. It

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The Book of Apex : Vol 4

The Book of Apex - vol. 4

Part of the Apex Blog Tour hosted by The Little Red Reviewer The problem I always have with reviewing a collection of short stories is that it is, as described, a collection of different stories. What if you hate one and love another? And especially when it is a collection by different authors. Maybe you like one author’s style and

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Wolves by

Wolves by Simon Ing

I totally agree with that old saying “never judge a book by its cover”, but more often than not it is the cover that piques your interest. If it didn’t all books would look the same surely? Cover art is an important part of a book. It is the major thing I miss when buying ebooks. And the cover of

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The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince by

The Wilful Princess & the Piebald Prince by Robin Hobb

Illustrated by Jackie Morris. Some years ago1 I first discovered Robin Hobb and her wonderful wonderful awesome series of books The Farseer Trilogy. They are wonderful2 and I love and adore them. I’ve loved all the trilogies set in the Realm of the Elderlings, but when I read Shaman’s Crossing I was left a little underwhelmed, and I never read

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The Ransom of Dond by

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Illustrated by Pam Smy Darra lives on the island of Inniscaul is a small island off the coast of Eriu, or Ireland. And it is her fate to be sacrificed to Dond, for she is the thirteenth child born to her mother. Long ago Dond cursed the island with fear of death and a desire for wealth and power. He

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Dragon loves Penguin by

Dragon loves Penguin by Debi Gliori

The gret thing about working in a library is getting to flick through so many books that I might otherwise never even glance at. Children’s picture books tick those boxes. It is amazing how awesome some of them are. And this one features dragons and penguins. What more could you possibly want in a story? Well, it also touches on

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Nine Goblins by

Nine Goblins by T. Kingfisher

a novella. Sergeant Nessilka and a band of the Nineteenth, after heroically charging at an enemy wizard during battle, find themselves transported far from war. On the one hand that is good; less chance of dying if you aren’t fighting. But they now appear to be at least fifty miles behind enemy lines. Surrounded by humans and in an elf-protected

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Redshirts by

Redshirts by John Scalzi

p>Read for the 2014 Sci-Fi Experience Ensign Dahl has just been assigned to The Intrepid. In many ways this is an honour. The Intrepid is the flagship of the fleet, she leads the way. The only negative is the death count. Statistically speaking it is the most dangerous ship to be aboard. But try telling anyone that, they’ll just say

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A Natural history of Dragons by

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

A memoir by Lady Trent Lady Trent, as all know, is the world’s pre-eminent dragon naturalist. This is her story of how she became that world renowned scientist, how her interest in dragonkind began in her childhood with the preservation of her very first sparkling. A Natural history of dragons is also her memoir detailing her very first scientific journey,

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