Armistead Maupin is a little bit of a legend. This series of books about San Fransisco was in fact serialised in the 1970s and is a vibrant, effervescent tale of a very particular city, seen through the eyes of someone new to all its delights and horrors. We follow Mary Ann Singleton as she moves […]
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Joyland was released in 2013 by Hard Case crime and honestly I was not in the least bit intrigued. Don’t get me wrong, I like crime a great deal as a genre (though my leanings tend toward the serial killer or gruesome kind) but, I dunno…something about King writing this or the tone of the […]
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What’s this? A new series? Oh my. Yeah, welcome to Mental Health Myths. I have no idea how frequent this series will be, likely I’ll make new videos etc as and when subjects occur or irritate me into action. This week I’m talking about a subject close to my heart: bullying. Specifically, I’m talking about […]
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So this book is about Sonya, an Indian American photographer who reluctantly returns to her family after years of estrangement when she finds out her father is in a coma and on the verge of death. This is a family of many secrets, most of them revolving around the physical and mental abuse suffered at […]
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Let us begin by getting my squees about my book cover out of the way. It is BEAUTIFUL and I love it! Here’s a linky to the reveal post on the Barnes and Noble SFF blog and a sneaky excerpt introducing Shock and Mim. There’s a pre-order button on there, so if you’d like it […]
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I wanted to be less upset about this than I was so, yeah… Also I don’t want to be misunderstood and I don’t want anyone I know to feel obligated. They’re not. This is about my inability to form bonds, the essential part of creating lasting friendships. It’s great that I can talk to people, […]
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This week, the last week of my Shirley Jackson marathon, we’re going to be looking at The Bird’s Nest. This is my all time favourite Jackson book, it’s the scariest, both in terms of psychology and bone chilling horror. Let me explain, as there are those who heartily disagree with that statement. Elizabeth is having […]
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Natalie Waites goes to the college her father chooses for her and gradually comes unravelled. This novel was based on the true story of a college student who disappeared in the town where Shirley Jackson lived, but it is her entirely dark, psychologically chilling take on the situation. This is a very complicated novel to […]
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This time around I’m tackling the difficult subject of people as safe zones. When you’re ill it might benefit you to have someone who can go places with you so you don’t feel scared/anxious/exposed. If you’re lucky enough to have the sort of person who understands and is compassionate enough to do that for you, […]
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Week two of this Shirley Jackson marathon is all about what some people consider to be her masterpiece (others think it’s THOHH) and that is ‘We Have Always Lived In The Castle’. This book is about the surviving members of the Blackwood family: Merricat, Constance and Uncle Julian. What did they survive you ask? Mass […]
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