Review: Skintown – Ciarán McMenamin

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Skintown – Ciarán McMenamin
Release Date: 06/04/2017
Publisher: Doubleday (Review Copy Provided)
Pages: pp. 288 RRP: £12.99 (Hardback)
Kindle edition available for preorder here (£9.49)

After I finished reading Skintown, I got the feeling that there are probably going to be a lot of lazy comparisons to Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting (not least because of the recent release of Danny Boyle’s sequel to the film adaptation) when the novel is released in a few months. Some people might see the combination of drugs and ‘not English city’ and draw their flawed conclusion. Those people are missing out on a hilarious, energetic work that drags you along on one hell of a trip.

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Review: Iraq +100 – Hassan Blasim (Editor)

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Iraq +100 – Hassan Blasim (Editor)
Release Date: 17/11/2016 (UK)
Publisher: Comma Press
Pages: 224pp RRP: £9.99 (Paperback)

It’s safe to say that traditionally there have been quite a few readers of science fiction and fantasy who haven’t explored too far beyond the traditional scenes in the West (you’d be amazed how many people haven’t read anything by the likes of Nnedi Okorafor or Cixin Liu), which is a real shame, given the rich bodies of work from some incredibly talented authors just waiting to be read. Fortunately in recent years, this trend has begun to slowly reverse as readers become ever bolder and word of mouth online alerts them to new works they otherwise might have ignored. Iraq +100 is a key milestone in this shift.

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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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