Eggshells

I first noticed Eggshells when it arrived at work, with those hints about changelings and fairy tale echoes. But I didn’t pick it up at the time. It was only more recently when the author was named as winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature 2018 that I decided I’d give it a go. […]

The shape of water

A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times An other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962, where a mute janitor working at a lab falls in love with an amphibious man being held captive there and devises a plan to help him escape. I think that del Toro is one of […]

The house of shattered wings

Dominion of the Fallen ; 1 Once one of the most powerful Houses in Paris Silverspires is in decline. Its founder, Morningstar, is missing. Selene, his last pupil, has taken over. For years she has led the House, protected it and its dependents and schemed and plotted on its behalf. Since the end of The […]

The Drop [based on the short story]

Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) works in a bar in Brooklyn. The pub used to belong to his cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), where it gets its name from “Cousin Marv’s”, but when the Chechen mob arrived Marv lost it. Now he just works there. It is one of the many many bars that serves as a […]

The Limits of Enchantment

ISBN: 0575072318
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If I could tell you this in a single sitting then you might believe all of it, even the strangest part.

I’m quite a fan of Graham Joyce and his writing. He really knows how to suck you into the worlds he creates. His are novels that tend to straddle the “genre” divide. You could as easily class them under general fiction as under fantasy. And I’m sure some genre snobs would never think of him as a fantasy writer. Me, I see the teeniest bit of magic and it is going under sff. This novel, The Limits of Enchantment, is set in rural England in the 1960’s, when modern medical practices are taking over the role traditionally held by women like Mammy Cullen.

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