The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente My rating: 5 of 5 stars Whimsical, magical, beautiful and not just for the kids, at all. A kaleidoscope of fantasy creatures (the Wvyverary is a beauty), an intriguingly created fairyland, a noble quest and a rather adorable heroine. […]

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Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn My rating: 3 of 5 stars Characterization a tad stereotypical and I saw the ending – both the red herring and the ‘twist’ – a mile away, so for me it is definitely not the best of Flynn’s trio so far. Having said that, there is beauty in the darkness […]

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Heart-Shaped Box, Joe Hill

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill My rating: 4 of 5 stars When I started reading this, I wasn’t aware that the autor is Stephen King’s son. With hindsight, I’m happy I didn’t because I would have started the book with a number of preconceptions. The truth is that this debut novel is way, way more […]

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Dark Places, Gillian Flynn

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn My rating: 5 of 5 stars I first encountered this author with Gone Girl and I loved her style, so I decided to give this earlier book a go. Great decision. Dark Places is written in the same style as Gone Girl, with each chapter giving us the point of […]

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Mr Vertigo, Paul Auster

Mr. Vertigo by Paul Auster My rating: 4 of 5 stars The opening sentence of a novel can make or break it. So far, my top intros were “Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley again.” ( Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca) and “It was a bright, cold day in April and the clock was […]

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Damned, Chuck Palahnuik

Damned by Chuck Palahniuk My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is pure Palahniuk so you know what you’re getting. Not as good as Fight Club (can anything ever be?) and not as bad as Snuff. Scratch that, compared to Snuff, this is brilliant stuff. We do get a 13-year-old leading us on a wild […]

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Story of O

Story of O by Pauline Réage My rating: 3 of 5 stars The real deal for those who think BDSM is a pretty pair of handcuffs. Slightly scary and makes you wince in more than one part. Well-written, but get ready for a disappointing – or missing, which is what most online versions will give […]

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The Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern My rating: 4 of 5 stars The book that took me back to magic after months of Ruth Rendells. Morgenstern has a gift for luscious description and from the first page manages to make you feel like you’ve entered a different world. The characters are entirely believable and I […]

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Magna Mater

Magna Mater by Loranne Vella My rating: 4 of 5 stars Interesting take on a Malta suffering from the ravages of global warming and from a surfeit of personal technology. Don’t make the same mistake I did by reading the title in Latin – the ‘Magna’ in the title is in Maltese and refers to […]

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Côme & AIM for Rock the South

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So, Rock the South is back at Zion on Friday and Saturday this weekend, and with it a host of Malta’s top bands and 2 foreign offerings, French duo Côme and (once again) AIM. Côme are French duo  François Byrski on guitarist and Lucas Barbier on drums. The 2 operate under the umbrella term indie-rock, […]

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