And so it begins… becoming a student again

In which I suddenly realise I’m about to be a student again.

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On reading: Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay

Title: Disappearance at Devil’s Rock

Author: Paul Tremblay

From the back: Late one night, Elizabeth Sanderson receives the devastating news that every mother fears: her thirteen-year-old son, Tommy, has vanished without a trace.

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On reading: The Power by Naomi Alderman

Title: The Power

Author: Naomi Alderman

From the back: All over the world women are discovering they have the power.

With a flick of the fingers they can inflict terrible pain – even death.

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On reading: Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

Title: Borne

Author: Jeff VanderMeer

From the back: “Am I a person?” Borne asks Rachel, in extremis.

“Yes, you are a person,” Rachel tells him. “But like a person, you can be a weapon, too.”

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Quit your clowning around

On clowns, Hanson and all things scary

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On reading: Shattered Minds by Laura Lam

Title: Shattered Minds

Author: Laura Lam

From the back: She can uncover the truth, if she defeats her demons

Ex-neuroscientist Carina struggles with a drug problem, her conscience, and urges to kill. She satisfies her cravings in dreams, fuelled by the addictive drug ‘Zeal’. Now she’s heading for self-destruction – until she has a vision of a dead girl.

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On reading: The Boy on the Bridge by M R Carey

Title: The Boy on the Bridge

Author: M R Carey

From the back: Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy.

The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world.

To where the monsters lived.

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On reading: The End of the World Running Club by Adrian J Walker

Title: The End of the World Running Club

Author: Adrian J Walker

From the back: Edgar Hill is 35 and caught in his own headlock. Overweight slob, under-performing husband and reluctant father – for Ed, the world may as well have already ended.

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News Bash

Today I return to the Dust Lounge to move some dust around, and generally bash your eyes with NEWS, sweet NEWS. And this news doesn’t involve any voting, politics or fact-checking so y’all can relax.

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On reading: A History of British Serial Killing by David Wilson

Title: A History of British Serial Killing

Author: David Wilson

From the back: In this fascinating and informative new book, Professor David Wilson tells the stories of Britain’s serial killers from Jack the Ripper to the extraordinary Suffolk Murders case.

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