Posts under ‘Fantasy’

The Shadow Speaker – Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu

Five words from the blurb: 2070, mysticism, West Africa, survival, magical  Earlier this year Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu won the World Fantasy Award for her novel, Who Fears Death. It sounded really interesting, but a few people on twitter suggested that her earlier novel, The Shadow Speaker, was even better and since it was available in my local […]

Titus Alone – Mervyn Peake

Five words from the blurb: escapes, city, zoo, traitor, home Titus Alone is the third book in the Gormenghast trilogy, but whilst the first two are amongst the best books I’ve ever read, Titus Alone was a big disappointment. Titus leaves the wonderfully atmospheric surroundings of Gormenghast castle and arrives in a modern city. Both the […]

Gormenghast – Mervyn Peake

          SPOILER FREE REVIEW Gormenghast is the sequel to the wonderful Titus Groan and it doesn’t disappoint. The writing is just as vivid and the story is, if anything, even more compelling.  The two books are slightly different in style and it took me a while to adjust to the more intimate feel […]

Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake

You have seen nothing like it before … but after … you see things like it everywhere …. C.S. Lewis     SPOILER FREE REVIEW Titus Groan contains the most vivid writing I have ever read. Mervyn Peake has created an amazing cast of characters, each one packed with a range of flaws and their own […]

Gormenghast Read-along: Week 3

Titus Groan The Grotto – The Bloody Cheekbone (p194 – p277)     Steerpike’s evil plan actually worked! I thought that something would go wrong with his fire setting, so was quite surprised that everything went like clockwork. It is quite appropriate that things seem to be unravelling for him now though – Fuchsia is giving little […]

Light Boxes – Shane Jones

Five words from the blurb: Flight, banned, ominous, children, honey I decided to read Light Boxes when David from Follow the Thread named it as one of his favourite reads in 2010. It is certainly an original book, but I can’t decide whether I like it or not. The problem is that this book pushes […]