Angels and Demons

Review by Catherine Hume

I came to Angels and Demons already a fan of Dan Brown. Sure, he’s not going to win any prizes for a blindingly outstanding literary style, but that’s part of what I love about reading Dan Brown. Dan Brown writes as though he already has a blockbuster film in mind – which is how a lot of writing tutors encourage novel writers to think these days – and he writes in an immediate and pacy way. This means we keep turning the pages. He is also clever in that most of the time, his novels have three or more storylines and these are interspersed throughout the novel, and so if you want to find out what happens next, it sounds silly, but you have to keep reading – reading for another three chapters beyond the other storylines. (more…)

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Dan Brown

Dan Brown was born in 1964 and grew up in New Hampshire. He studied English and Spanish at Amherst. He published his first thriller, Digital Fortress, in 1998. This was followed by Angels and Demons and Reception Point. In 2003 The Da Vinci Code came out, and shot straight to the top of the bestseller lists. In 2013 he published Inferno. Three of his books have been successfully filmed.

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The Sleeper

Review by Steve Savage

The Sleeper is a Cold War thriller. We are in the 1950s. The premise of Holly Roth‘s novel is that the US military have court-martialled and imprisoned a spy they uncovered in the Army, a “sleeper”. Public unease apparently induces them to give a journalist – Robert Kendall – unique access to Lt. Hollister, and he has written a whole book about the man and his case. But after Buddy Hollister kills himself in his cell, (more…)

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Holly Roth

Holly Roth was born in the USA in 1916. She was a New Yorker, and went to James Madison High School in Brooklyn. She wrote many books, some under pseudonyms. She was the author of the suspense novels The Content Assignment, The Mask of Glass, The Sleeper and The Crimson in the Purple. In 1964 while sailing in the Mediterranean, she was reported missing at sea by her second husband.

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The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales

Review by Max Scratchmann

The Rental Heart, by Kirsty Logan, is more than just a short story collection. It is a Pandora’s box, a literary confection, a doorway to a place of magical enchantment.

These stories are flights of pure fantasy, sometimes Magical Realism, sometimes Steampunk, sometimes Fairy Tales. Most defy categorisation (more…)

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Kirsty Logan

Kirsty Logan lives in Glasgow, a fiction writer, journalist, literary magazine editor, teacher, and book reviewer. She has an MLitt in Creative Writing from Glasgow University, and has won a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust and the Gillian Purvis Award. Her first published book was a short story collection, The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales. Her second book is a novel, The Gracekeeper, due out in 2015. She regularly performs her stories at events and festivals in Scotland and performances further afield.

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Sicilian Uncles

Review by Steve Savage

There are four longish stories in Sicilian Uncles, by Leonardo Sciascia. Until a few days ago, had you asked me what they were about, I would have said that they were all set in Sicily and were all about uncles in one way or another. Admittedly, one of the uncles was Uncle Joe, as Stalin used to be known, but there were four uncles. However, when I came to read the book a second time, I discovered that my memory was quite false. (more…)

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