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Book Review: Agency

Agency by William Gibson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest and unbiased review. My thanks to Penguin UK and NetGalley for giving me this opportunity.

This is the second instalment in William Gibson’s Peripheral series, and follows pretty much the same format as the first book. Two separate timelines that slowly get drawn together as events in one begin to have an effect on the other.

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Book Review: The Peripheral

The Peripheral by William Gibson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve not read any William Gibson for a while now, not since Pattern Recognition first hit the shelves back in 2003, but I remember being massively impressed with everything of his I’d read up until that point. As a result, I had high expectations for The Peripheral and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed.

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Book Review: Miss Austen

Miss Austen by Gill Hornby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publishers in return for an honest and unbiased review. My thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book.

I’ll admit when I first requested this book from NetGalley I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I only have a passing familiarity with the life and works of Jane Austen, but I was intrigued by the suggestion that this novel attempts to explain why, twenty-some years after the death of her slightly more famous sister, Cassandra Austen took it upon herself to burn a large chunk of the correspondence written by Jane.

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Book Review: Trail of Lightning

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

DISCLAIMER: I was provided with an advanced reading copy of the UK edition of this book by the publisher in return for an honest and unbiased review. My thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley for giving me this opportunity.

Maggie Hoskie is a DinĂ© (Navajo) hunter in a post-apocalyptic world, gifted with hereditary clan powers that give her an edge over the monsters she hunts. Brought out of self-imposed exile by a group of locals being terrorised by a new type of monster, she soon finds herself chasing after the witch who is apparently creating these monsters. Along the way she picks up the help of Kai, a young man with big medicine, and Ma’ii, the Coyote of DinĂ© legend. But as Maggie soon begins to learn, nothing is truly what it seems in what’s left of the world after the destruction wrought by the Big Water.

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Book Review: Made Things

Made Things by Adrian Tchaikovsky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s fair to say that Adrian Tchaikovsky is one of my favourite contemporary authors. I’ve only read a handful of his works to date but every one of them has been excellent in its own way and the more I read the more eager I become for his next book. Made Things is no exception.

It’s an absolutely delightful novella that follows the trials and tribulations of puppeteer Coppelia as she finds herself getting pulled into the machinations of the local thieves guild and their ongoing struggles against the Magelords of Loretz. Tagging along for the ride are two of Coppelia’s little friends, Tef and Arc, mysterious homunculi who are themselves fighting to find a place in a world that’s much larger than they could ever imagine.

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Book Review: The Almanack

The Almanack by Martine Bailey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced reader copy of this title from the publishers and NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review. Many thanks to Black Thorn Books for giving me the chance to read and review this book.

In the year 1752 Tabitha Hart earns a living at the pleasure of whichever London gentlemen have the coin to pay for her time, but when her ailing mother calls her home to the village of Netherlea she has no choice but to reluctantly do as she is bid. Unfortunately, by the time she returns home it is too late. Despite the assurances of the village constable and the local doctor, Tabitha finds evidence in her mother’s almanack that suggests a darker truth to her death, and a mystery that threatens more darkness to come.

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