A Good Night for Shooting Zombies* – This is a lot of fun and I’d definitely recommend this to anyone after a book for any children in their lives, its full of imagination but at the same time it doesn’t shy away from difficult topics such as death and disease. The cover is also really well done and the book has illustrations throughout. 4 stars.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making – This was weirdly addictive, the world is so cleverly built, it took me a while to get into this but the second half really picked up the pace and I started to see the start of a much bigger story being laid down; this is the first in a series and I’m a little torn as to whether to continue it but I still thought this was good as a standalone, 4 stars.
The Unhappiness of Being A Single Man* – A short story collection from Franz Kafta translated into English by Alexander Starritt; I’d not read any of Kafka’s work now and understand the more well-known pieces to be much longer novels. As with most collections, there were some I really enjoyed, others I was less bothered by but there’s an overriding theme of tales which make you think, some will make you question your views and morality, some leave you questioning what on earth you just read. The stand out story for me was the slightly longer and disturbing tale ‘The Harrow’; I’d recommend to anyone who wants an easy to read introduction to a new author or anyone after a good short story collection; 4 stars.
The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher’s final memoir focuses around her time filming Star Wars, her relationship with Harrison Ford and her experience with Star Wars fans over the last forty years, a large chunk of this is diary entries, hence the title which features a fair amount of Fisher’s own poetry, 3 stars.
The School for Good and Evil: A World Without Princes – We pick back up where we left Sophie and Agatha at the end of book one; didn’t love this as much as the first but it did pick up towards the end, 3 stars.
a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23306186-station-eleven”>Station Eleven – When a new strain of Georgian flu arrives by plane to Toronto its only a matter of days until the ‘collapse’ of the world as we know it. On the same evening the flu arrives actor Arthur Leander has a heart attack on stage while performing as King Lear; the book follows the fate of a handful of people who had met Arthur through his life. I really enjoyed this as both a book and as a concept, 4 stars.
Two Dark Reigns – The third instalment from the Island of Fennbirn so I won’t go into too many details to save spoilers for the first two books. This book delves even deeper into the Island’s history, its traditions and its relationship with the ‘mainland’; as with all the previous books I really enjoyed it, 4 stars.
Titles marked * have been provided for free in exchange for an honest review.