Common Ground by Rob Cowen – Review

It was after seeing Rob Cowen speak at the WildLines nature writing festival in Leeds that I was intrigued enough to pick up this book to find out more.Common Ground is an interesting scrapbook of various narratives and observations garnered over a nine-month obsession with the nearby 'edgeland' - the common ground of the title … Continue reading Common Ground by Rob Cowen – Review

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman – Review

I've not read any Norse mythology for a while, so many of these stories came to me feeling quite fresh, albeit woven with familiarity. Happily, it only took a couple of stories to shake off the Marvel characters and replace them with my own. This isn't a reimagining, but rather, in the vein of Philip … Continue reading Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman – Review

Kelly Link’s Magic for Beginners – Review

Kelly Link’s award-winning short story collection, Magic for Beginners, whisks the reader along a meandering trail through several unique and inventive twists on the fantastical. Strands of myth, sci-fi and fable commingle with characters who yearn, mock, steal and bicker throughout these nine stories. That might not seem like many but, once read, they leave … Continue reading Kelly Link’s Magic for Beginners – Review

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell – Review

If you’ve come into contact with any of David Mitchell’s work before, you’ll be well-acquainted with the sort of genre-switching, time-slipping, scene-shifting fiction that the author is best known for. A film adaptation by the Wachowski siblings in 2012 brought his lauded tapestry of souls, Cloud Atlas (2004), to a wider audience. 2014 heralds the … Continue reading The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell – Review

Love and Eskimo Snow by Sarah Holt – Review

Ideas-driven fiction is perilous ground for writers at any stage of their career. It poses the constant challenge of balancing the insistent voice of theme with the integral components of the story itself – character, plot and pacing. Too much theme, and you risk turning your fiction into a political pamphlet – too much story, … Continue reading Love and Eskimo Snow by Sarah Holt – Review