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Neil Gaiman Week: Neverwhere (The Book)


My chronological memory is rather hazy, which is a shame; when I remember actual things, I do have a strong sense of the memory. I can’t recall when I went to a reading/Q&A by Neil Gaiman – I think it was soon after I returned to London, which would be about mid to late 1990s but I wouldn’t swear to…

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Book Review: The Fourth Bear


The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde The Fourth Bear is the second book in the Nursery Crime series (the first was The Big Over Easy) by Jasper Fforde, following the adventures of DCI Jack Spratt, Detective Sergeant Mary Mary and Detective Constable Ashley (an alien). Despite the success of the Humpty Dumpty case in the first book, the Nursery Crime…

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Book Review: Vicious Circle


Vicious Circle by Mike Carey Felix Castor is back in this second novel for more action in the London-based world of exorcism. His ‘trainee’, the succubus Juliet, asks him for his help on the possession of a church near Wormwood Scrubs. His best friend, Rafi, seems to be miraculously free of the possession by the high demon Asmodeus, a possession…

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Books: No Dominion


No Dominion by Charlie Huston I really enjoyed Already Dead, the introduction to Joe Pitt and the Vampyr Clans of Manhattan, and so was really looking forward to the second book, No Dominion. What I didn’t realise was how good it was going to be. Joe is going through tough times after the first book, where he burned bridges with…

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Book Review: The Devil You Know


By Mike Carey I expect that most well-read comic book readers probably came across Mike Carey first via the Lucifer series from Vertigo, a spin-off from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, about the fallen angel after he gave the keys to hell to Morpheus – he must be a brave (or desperate) man to work on something related to Gaiman’s landmark comic…

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Book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


As I’ve mentioned, I enjoy the Harry Potter series. I enjoy the world that JK Rowling has created and the characters that fill it. The attention to detail, from the huge history to the names of people and spells, and the placing of a world of magic next to the context of the modern world of the mundane are wonderful.…

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Books: McSweeney’s Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales


Edited by Michael Chabon, written by various (obviously), illustrations by Howard Chaykin A collection of short stories by top authors? Yes, please. A literary buffet for sampling the skills of different wordsmiths, with some nice art by the stylish Mr Chaykin. Somebody had a good idea there. Glen David Gold provides an amusing little tale of an elephant and revenge.…

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Book Review: Dead Witch Walking


Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison This book was the first time I made use of the Amazon recommendation function to try a new book. Having bought Already Dead, their information gathering programme decided I should try other books involving detective work and vampires (and witches and pixies, oh my) and came up with the Rachel Morgan series, the first…

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Book Review: Already Dead


Already Dead by Charlie Huston The high concept of this book is hard-boiled vampire detective. Great idea but it needs the execution to make it work – and that is exactly what Huston brings to this great story. Joe Pitt is vampire (or ‘Vampyre’, as Huston has it) in Manhattan, but he doesn’t belong to any of the clans that…

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