Review: Infinite Ground – Martin MacInnes

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Infinite Ground – Martin MacInnes
Release Date: 04/08/2016 (UK)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Pages: 272pp RRP: £12.99 (Hardback)
Kindle edition available here (£6.02)

When Carlos goes missing halfway through a family meal in the midst of a sweltering South American summer, a semi-retired inspector is called in for what should be a routine missing persons case. What unfolds is a strange, sinister journey which poses questions about identity and the nature of reality itself.

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Recommended Reading (September 2016)

I’ve been toying with some new ideas for different types of content (watch this space), and have been meaning to try to put out some more reviews, but have been a bit busy. Here’s another small collection of other books I’ve been reading recently (and should have read a while back!).

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Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was – Sjón
Release Date: 02/06/16 (UK)
Publisher (UK): Sceptre
Pages: 160pp RRP: £14.99 (Hardback)
Kindle edition available here (£9.99)

Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson, or as he’s better known by his pen name of ‘Sjón’, has been a key figure in the Icelandic literary scene for decades. In the story of the ‘boy who never was’, Sjón examines the relationship between fantasy and reality, and how one bleeds into the other.

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Review: Vampire in Love – Enrique Vila-Matas

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Vampire in Love – Enrique Vila-Matas (Translated by Margaret Jull Costa)
Release Date: 03/11/2016 (UK)
Publisher: And Other Stories (Review Copy Provided)
Pages: 298pp RRP: £12.99 (Hardback)

And Other Stories are rapidly becoming one of my favourite publishers. They originally caught my attention with the release of Yuri Herera’s Signs Preceding the End of the World, and now they’ve released a fantastic short story collection from one of Spain’s literary greats, Enrique Vila-Matas.

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Review: The Lesser Bohemians – Eimear McBride

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The Lesser Bohemians – Margaret Wappler
Release Date: 01/09/2016 (UK)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Pages: 320pp RRP: £16.99 (Hardback)
Kindle edition available here (£6.99)

After winning the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction for her debut novel, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, there was always going to be the question of how Eimear McBride’s next novel would hold up by comparison. Having just finished reading it, I can say it’s not quite there, but that’s still a good thing.

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Review: Neon Green – Margaret Wappler

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Neon Green – Margaret Wappler
Release Date: 12/07/2016 (USA)
Publisher: Unnamed Press
Pages: 246pp RRP: £12.99 (Paperback)
Kindle edition available here (£11.80)

In an alternative 1994, a flying saucer landing in the backyard of a suburban Illinois household isn’t an extraordinary event. This may be at the dawn of the Internet, and Kurt Cobain may have recently passed, but for Ernest Allen, his wife Cynthia, and children Gabe and Alison, it is at best a curious novelty. The flying saucer, however, will prove to be a curious parallel to something far more personal and devastating.

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Review: Feeding Time – Adam Biles

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Feeding Time – Adam Biles
Release Date: 18/08/2016
Publisher: Galley Beggar Press (Review copy supplied)
Pages: 300pp RRP: £12.99 (Limited Edition) £8.99 (Paperback)

A revolutionary uprising in a retirement home makes for an interesting concept for a novel. Adam Biles’s debut, Feeding Time, adds biting wit and sharp prose in to the mix to make a great page turner of a book.

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Review: The Nakano Thrift Shop – Hiromi Kawakami

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The Nakano Thrift Store – Hiromi Kawakami (Translated by Allison Markin Powell)
Release Date: 04/08/2016
Publisher: Portobello Books
Pages: 260pp RRP: £12.99 (Paperback)
Kindle version available here (£8.54)

The use of a thrift store as the backdrop for a look at the eccentricity of love and relationships is certainly not something you’d usually expect. Hiromi Kawakami uses this setting to craft a light read with a surprising amount of depth, and infuses it with a sense of charm that stays with the reader long after finishing the book.

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