The Genius of Dogs

“Brian Hare, dog researcher, evolutionary anthropologist, and founder of the Duke Canine Cognition Center, and Vanessa Woods offer revolutionary new insights into dog intelligence and the interior lives of our smartest pets.” Obviously this book is aimed more at dog lovers than at any more general reader, so if you aren’t interested in how and […]

Liesmith

The Wyrd : book 1 Read an excerpt Sigmund Sussman works in I.T support, answering questions usually with the advice to “switch if off and then switch it back on again”. He lives at home with his Dad, his mother died when was young, and they work for the same company. Sigmund is a geek, […]

The Book Thief

At the end of the nineteen thirties in Germany a little girl travelled with her mother and brother on the train. The children were being sent to live with foster parents. Their mother could no longer take care of them. But en route the little boy dies. This is the first death in a book […]

Year of wonders

The year is 1665 and Anna Frith is a widow at only 18 years of age. She has two young sons to support and she works hard. Life in a small village is hard, but she has support from her community and a job with the rector that help her earn her way. But her […]

The light heart of stone

The light heart of stone

Book one in the Promise of Stones series. Fox is a young girl growing up on the Stone Body, a land ruled over by the Compionarii. She is a member of an Indiginy tribe. A long time ago the Stone Body was only inhabited by the indiginy peoples, but over one thousand years ago strangers […]

The isles of the sun

one of the stories in Cracklescape One evening when all the other children have gone home for their dinners Elric sees something. Someones. He calls them pharaohs, for lack of a better word, and because they are tall and thin. And come from sun-beams. All at once he knows what they do, they soothe your […]

The Brides of Rollrock Island

Also published as Sea-Hearts Misskaella isn’t as pretty and slim as her sisters, but as she grows she discovers that she has a power. She has an answer to their endless teasing, mean and spite-filled ways. She can call a person out of a seal. And by creating seal-wives for the men of the island […]

The best thing - Margo Lanagan

The best thing

Mel is not having a good year at school. Her friends have turned on her, and her boyfriend one day stopped talking to her, became her ex over night and hasn’t spoken to her in weeks. But she does have Pug. I don’t think I am going to say very much in this review. But […]

Touching earth lightly

ISBN: 1864488239

Growing up is hard. Even when you have encouraging responsibly parents, like Chloe. When you don’t, when your parents are like Janey’s, consistently putting you in harms way and causing your damage how do you cope? Chloe and Janey are best friends, they live their lives entwined in each other. Chloe is sensible and practical. She keeps Janey somewhat rooted. But nothing can keep janey from trouble. Free-spirited is a charitable description of her life-style. Some of the girls from her school used much harsher terms, she was worse than a prostitute, she didn’t even charge for what she did in the boy’s toilets! But free-spirited is the more accurate description. Janey can’t see the dangers in her life. Or perhaps it is because she has so many that she doesn’t look for an escape. There are no ways out for her.

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