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I love to read as books transport me to places and worlds that I have never been and can never go. In most cases these are fantasy or science fiction worlds, but there are a lot of places in our own history that seem just as exciting and different. 1970s Mexico is nothing like the country I...

Article by Sam Tyler on 17th August 2021
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A Perfect Harvest by  by Bill Fitzhugh
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If you don’t laugh, you will cry. One way that people cope with bleakness is to try and find the funny things in life. Recent lockdowns would have been a lot harder for me without my family to keep me smiling. Diagnoses of terminal illness is no laughing matter, but you...

Article by Sam Tyler on 13th August 2021
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Mystery is a powerful tool. You can exude a sense of power from the shadows that may not be true if a light was shined on you. The premise of T.S. Willberg’s Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder begins thus, with a mysterious detective agency, but we...

Article by Sam Tyler on 15th May 2021
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What our ancestors would really be thinking, if they were alive today, is: "Why is it so dark in here?"
- Terry Pratchett
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Following the news, it feels like the world is going to hell in a handcart. Put aside any politics and there is enough going on environmentally to worry most people. The idea of the oceans rising, smog filling the skies and animals dying out whilst the infrastructure of...

Article by Sam Tyler on 30th April 2021
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Finders Keepers by  by Stephen King
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Stephen King is rightly one of the bestselling genre writers of all time as he is not only prolific, but also the writer of some classics. Like many fans of horror, I read his back catalogue as a teenager and read terrific...

Article by Sam Tyler on 16th March 2021
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Ravenspur by  by Conn Iggulden
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I love Fantasy as a genre but sometimes I get the impression that it only exists because we can only retell our own history so many times. Tales of various houses fighting for the crown, treachery, murder, a cast of heroes of villains. I am not talking about the likes of Game of...

Article by Sam Tyler on 4th February 2021
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Golden Prey by  by John Sandford
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The long running series is a dream for an author as it means that your characters and world are successful enough that people are buying them, and you can keep writing. John Sandford's Lucas Davenport books must be a success when you realise that Golden Prey is the 27th book...

Article by Sam Tyler on 17th December 2020
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Zeus Is A Dick by  by Susie Donkin
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One man’s truth is another man’s myth and whilst the Greek Gods may have once been worshipped as real, they are now considered by most as myths. This is great for a genre review site as the Greek Gods are as fantastical as they come. They turn themselves and others...

Article by Sam Tyler on 5th November 2020
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What our ancestors would really be thinking, if they were alive today, is: "Why is it so dark in here?"
- Terry Pratchett
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Squeeze Me by  by Carl Hiaasen
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Murder, kidnapping, shootings, stabbings; not an amusing set of words, but in the hands of a great author, crime can be funny. In fact, crime can be hilarious. The crime comedy when done well is one of my favourite genres and Carl Hiaasen has being doing it well for years. He has combined wit...

Article by Sam Tyler on 17th September 2020
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Grave Secrets by  by Alice James
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Walk into my house and glance at my bookshelves and you will find an eclectic mix of books. My favourite genres are represented heavily in science fiction and fantasy, but I also have loads of crime, history, biographies and general fiction....

Article by Sam Tyler on 3rd September 2020
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The Pillars of the earth by  by Ken Follett
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Fair warning, this isn't going to be a normal review, it's the first one I've written post-covid and is much more personal than usual.

Some years ago, my father started reading again. Previous to that he hadn't read much for the last few decades outside of Haynes manuals and instruction...

Article by Ant on 10th August 2020
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Low Action by  by Andrew Cartmel
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Punk was a short-lived musical genre and if you have listened to some of it you can probably tell why. It was raw, edgy and loud, but most of the songs were not that great and it was more about attitude than being able to sing. The songs that you may like from that genre may...

Article by Sam Tyler on 6th August 2020
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