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Currently I'm reading horror, almost exclusively

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Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Silver Nitrate (Hardcover, 2023, Del Rey) 4 stars

Montserrat has always been overlooked. She’s a talented sound editor, but she’s left out of …

Enjoyable as heck

5 stars

Film and sound nerdery, Crowley-esque occult magic and meatballs, what else would you want? I really enjoyed this one and can't wait to read Mexican Gothic (which Father Christmas has kindly bestowed).

Jeff VanderMeer: Borne (2017, MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux) 4 stars

In a ruined, nameless city of the future, a woman named Rachel, who makes her …

My favourite Vandermeer to date

5 stars

What an original little book. Borne (who in my mind usually looked like Philippe from Achewood, only a tentacled vase?) is a weird creature found by the main character, Rachel. Despite being set in yet another post-collapse dystopia, this book is anything but cliché.

Cassandra Khaw: The Salt Grows Heavy (Hardcover, 2023, Titan Books) 4 stars

Myths are full of lies. This is not one of them.

Fleeing the downfall of …

A beautiful and horrific love story

5 stars

I loved this and I needed to sit with it a while after I finished, before starting my next book. It's a body-horror/fairytale/love story between a 'mermaid' on land and her (plague) doctor, as they intervene in a morbid cult run by three false saints. It's like nothing I've read before (okay, maybe it's a bit T. Kingfisher-y - a good thing) and it's really beautifully written.

reviewed Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink (Welcome to Night Vale, #1)

Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor: Welcome to Night Vale (2015) 4 stars

Dreamy mystery filled with non-sequiturs

3 stars

I haven't listened to the podcast this is based on but I don't think it mattered. It's an entertaining book filled with weirdness and silliness, but with a real story underneath. It was good? But I don't think it will leave much of an impression on me.

The Hollow Places (Paperback) 4 stars

Gripping and terrifying

5 stars

We can confidently say I am now a committed T. Kingfisher fan since reading What Moves The Dead, and now this. The Hollow Places follows two likeable main characters as they stumble upon a multiverse portal through a wall in the back of an eccentric small town museum. The story is gripping and unpredictable and once I got so far I literally couldn't put it down. More please!

Alison Rumfitt: Tell Me I'm Worthless (2023, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 4 stars

Difficult, harrowing, and almost great

4 stars

I hesitate to recommend this book because it covers some difficult terrain. Having said that, I've already recommended it to a couple of people. I was mostly enthralled and terrified by the story but I could have done without the prologue and epilogue, which seemed to lack the originality of the rest of the book.