Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Translated by Geoffrey Trousselot
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
DISCLAIMER – I received an advanced reading copy of this novel from the publishers via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
When I originally read the synopsis for this book I was more than a little intrigued by the premise it presented. A coffee shop in the heart of Tokyo, where patrons could travel back in time in order to revisit past loves or spend one last moment with a lost family member, or even to meet the daughter they never knew. It’s a premise with a lot of promise, and suggested the potential for a refreshingly thoughtful exploration of the human condition which is often absent from a lot of modern fiction. Unfortunately, the end result doesn’t quite measure up to the promise of that synopsis, and I’ll admit this has slightly disappointed me.
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A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced reading copy of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.
I was a little concerned going into this book as I’d already seen a number of reviews saying that despite it being the first of a new series, you really had to have read Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy in order to fully appreciate this new novel from the self-appointed Lord of Grimdark. Given that I’m a veritable Abercrombie virgin, I was worried that I’d miss out on some hidden plot lines or fail to grasp the mysterious twists and turns that link back to his earlier works. Having now finished the book I think I can say with some authority that even if you’re as new to Abercrombie as I was you can read and enjoy this delightfully refreshing novel.
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The Bone Ships by RJ Barker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
DISCLAIMER: I was given an advanced copy of this book by the publisher (via NetGalley) in return for an honest review.
I’m writing this review in July, and I have to say for me this is definitely one of the best books of 2019 so far. Then again, I do like a good maritime yarn, especially when it’s as full of adventure and action as this one.
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To the old friend who’s been trying to get in touch with me through this site, I am getting your messages but am guessing from your most recent contact that you’re not getting my replies. This explains a few things that had been bothering me.
Please check your e-mail for my replies, particularly your Junk folder. I would very much like to chat.
It’s the end of August, so I guess that means it’s time for me to talk about the genre books I’m looking forward to in September. Next month’s quite a busy month for exciting new books, with several already on my pre-order list, plus a few more I’m definitely intrigued by. However, as with last month’s list I’m going to limit this post to the five I’m most looking forward to. So here goes.
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The Green Man’s Foe by Juliet E. McKenna
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
This is the second of Juliet McKenna’s Daniel Mackmain books, following on from last year’s The Green Man’s Heir, and I have to say it’s at least as good as the first one, if not marginally better. If you’ve read the first book then I’m pretty confident you’re going to love this one, and if you haven’t read the first one then you need to remedy that straight away. Seriously, go read it.
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