On reading: The Death House by Sarah Pinborough

Title: The Death House

Author: Sarah Pinborough

From the back: Toby’s life was perfectly normal . . . until it was unravelled by something as simple as a blood test.

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5 dystopian fictions to brighten up your day

Trump in charge of America.

Brexit.

Boris Johnson looking after the UK’s foreign affairs.

A ‘loose woman’ won Celebrity Big Brother.

You’d be forgiven for thinking we don’t need any dystopian fictions to liven up our day to day wanderings – after watching the news perhaps we’re all bleaked out. But perhaps that’s exactly why we do need them.

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On reading: Metropolitan Dreams by Mark A King

Title: Mark A King

Author: Metropolitan Dreams

From the back: This is a tale of two cities.

Darkness and light.

Sinners and angels.

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On reading: The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp

Title: The Last Days of Jack Sparks

Author: Jason Arnopp

From the back: It was no secret that journalist Jack Sparks had been researching the occult for his new book. No stranger to controversy, he’d already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed.

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On reading: The Sheriff by Simon Fairbanks

Title: The Sheriff

Author: Simon Fairbanks

From the back: The Sheriffs wander the clouds to keep peace across Nephos.

Sheriff Denebola is recruited by young Toby to help rid his village of a winged demon. The demon has tormented the people of Angel’s Keep every night for the past week so Denebola vows to capture the creature.

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On reading: The Garden by James Kester

Title: The Garden

Author: James Kester

From the back: Throughout human history, the peddlers of certainty have reigned supreme. When Galileo first cast doubt about the place of the Earth within the cosmos, he was condemned . . . Either you believed that God’s Eden was the garden of all life, or you were a heretic.

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On reading: Slade House by David Mitchell

Title: Slade House

Author: David Mitchell

From the back: Born out of the short story David Mitchell published on Twitter in 2014 and inhabiting the same universe as his latest bestselling novel The Bone Clocks, this is the perfect book to curl up with on a dark and stormy night.

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Books, the year’s books, and Christmas books

Say what? It’s December? Really? Very funny. *checks calendar* *screams* You mean it’s 2016? Anyway, so, I don’t have an inkling as to where this year bloody went to. I think I was busy having a coffee and a cigarette on the doorstep and 2016 just snuck around the back. Which means: It’s nearly time…

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