Category Archives: Authors D

The story of a novel and how I got a quote inside it…

JPF What if the Queen

What If the Queen Should Die? by John-Paul Flintoff Today, my special subscriber’s copy of another Unbound book arrived. Unbound are a crowd-funding publisher – read my interview with them for Shiny New Books here to find out more. Once you’ve pledged to one book, it’s very tempting to pledge to another… and another. This is the fourth I’ve pledged to which… Read more »

Too cryogenically cool to love outright

Zero K

Zero K by Don DeLillo I’m not entirely new to reading Don DeLillo. I like the idea of reading DeLillo and I have read the first quarter of his 1971 debut, Americana, for my Annabel’s Shelves project. I was really enjoying it; it started well – we were introduced to top TV executive David Bell – who, if he’d been an ad-man, would… Read more »

A Family Balancing Act

Look at me

Look At Me by Sarah Duguid This debut novel sits neatly between family and psychological dramas, being all all about the upset in family dynamics when twentysomething actress Elizabeth discovers a letter from a sister she never knew she had in her father’s drawer. I found the letter the previous day when my father called from his holiday asking me… Read more »

Dangerous times in Florence

The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant I used to have all four of Sarah Dunant’s Italian Renaissance novels on my shelves. I liked the idea of them, as I love Italy, its art and architecture and so on but, I’m not a big reader of historical fiction, so they got forgotten and late last year I gave them away… Read more »

My Best Reads of 2015

Annabel   31st December 2015   25 Comments on My Best Reads of 2015

Last year I split my best of list in two – the Shiny edition and the Blog edition. I read just as many books this year as last (127) and awarded 17 of them 9.5 or 10 stars at the time of review, but I’ve decided to have just one list this time with a baker’s dozen choices,  mixing old and… Read more »

Bookish Disappointments…

Welcome back!  As if you’re not fed up already with eating turkey, I’m going to be talking turkey in my first round-up post. Yes – it’s time to discuss the most disappointing books I read this year. I pride myself on being able to pick books that I know I’ll enjoy reading – that’s why the majority of what I read… Read more »

A little more Shiny Linkiness

There are two books I reviewed for the latest issue of Shiny that I’ve yet to tell you about: The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard This was the first book I’ve read by the Franco-Vietnamese author – but won’t be the last. It’s an urban fantasy set in contemporary Paris during the aftermath of the Great Magician’s War…. Read more »

The 1924 Club

Annabel   28th October 2015   7 Comments on The 1924 Club

I had every intention of joining in with this lovely project hosted by Simon and Karen. There was a book on the Wikipedia Literature list for 1924 I had long been intending to read – The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany. I duly ordered a copy – the Fantasy Masterworks edition which has an introduction by Neil Gaiman…. Read more »

Never heard of Tom Drury? Now you have…

The End of Vandalism by Tom Drury I reviewed this novel for Shiny New Books’ latest issue (full review here), but I felt it deserved its own post here too, because it is a modern American classic that has taken twenty-one years to be really discovered in the UK. The End of Vandalism was published in 1994, and I obviously saw something… Read more »

Non-fic Shiny Linkiness

Yes, there’s more Shiny Linkiness today. One of the things I do love about reviewing for Shiny New Books is that it introduces me to some great non-fiction which I don’t read enough of, and the latest issue is no exception. Please feel free to comment here, or even better – follow the links to the full reviews and comment… Read more »