Brotherhood of Shades : A Review

Brotherhood of Shades
By Dawn Finch
Published by Authonomy
Reviewed by Jessica Patient

If you’ve exhausted the Harry Potter series and munched your way through the Hunger Games series then this book is for you. Dawn Finch’s debut fantasy adventure novel, Brotherhood of Shades is full of ghosts battling to save the world from evil forces.

A brotherhood of ghosts, set up during Henry VIII’s reign, make sure the recent dead can pass over to the next world and to make sure dangerous spirits do not rise up and take over the world. Toby D’Scover, a founding member of the brotherhood, believes a recently dead, homeless boy, Adam Street is the sentinel. The ancient texts, written in code that only D’Scover can decipher, proclaim of an event where evil forces will rise up to take control of the human world but the sentinel will defeat these creatures. D’Scover has waited a long time for the Sentinel to turn up and has had to grow with the times. Nowadays, he travels through computer connections to get to new locations.

The Long Weekend by James Wall

In the dining room, the waitress who served them yesterday signals towards the breakfast buffet and invites them to help themselves. She asks if they’d like tea or coffee. Toast?

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We all live in Dystopia by Frances Kay

Guest article by Frances Kay

‘If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skull, then why do we read it? So that it shall make us happy? Good God, we should also be happy if we had no books..... A book must be an ice-axe to break the sea frozen within us.’ [Kafka, aged 20]

I identify with Kafka's passionate viewpoint, and, as a writer, it has set me an almost impossible task. My new novel is a dystopia - it flowed from my pen with refreshing cataracts of anger and bitter humour against the brutal, chaotic, society I created; dystopia is a perfect metaphor, and a safe one, behind whose barriers we can snipe at what we know and hate.

Loneliness Merchant by Erica Camills

“Happiness welcomes you!”
            An energetic girl in her late teens with long red hair tied in a bun and sparkling blue eyes cheerfully greeted the newcomer.

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Beautiful Words : A Review

Beautiful Words
By Nik Perring
Published by Roast Books
Reviewed by Jessica Patient

From A to Z, Nik Perring, author of Not so Perfect and co-author of Freaks, takes the reader on a delightful journey of words he has collected and collated into his latest book, Beautiful Words. These are not just words that look good on the page. In his introduction, Perring says, “their beauty may be in their construction, or how they sound, or how it feels to say them – the shapes they push our mouths into.”

In this compact book, Perring explores fact and fiction as he reveals an intriguing word ranging from Appalachian, lisp and the most powerful word of them all - fuck. Some definitions and stories are only a matter of words long but that is all that is needed for the reader’s imagination to be unleashed.