The Sleepwalker – A Review

The Sleepwalker is the third in the Aidan Waits series of books by Joseph Knox. You may have seen that I have posted about Joseph Knox and his incredibly captivating protagonist in previous posts, a character who has so much hidden in his past but we know very little about. He makes you want to go back for more.

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And this book is no exception.  I honestly have to say that the way the book starts, very much sets the whole tone for the rest of the book. There’s a sense of tension building throughout, a feeling that whilst reading, settles in the stomach and makes you on edge about what is to come. Aidan is once again catapulted into an investigation that is complex and has connections to some old familiar faces.  The relationship between Aidan and his new partner, Naomi Black, could have easily have fallen flat but somehow Joseph manages to introduce enough intrigue and tension that makes the dynamic between the two believable. In this book we find Aidan very much looking over his shoulder at enemies from his past, work colleagues, suspects and his new partner.

It’s hard to talk about the plot line of this book without giving away too much but it is much grittier than Knox’s previous work, and dare I say, his best one yet. Once again we see softer aspects to the otherwise mysterious Waits and the way Knox highlights the issue of the Spice epidemic in Manchester and its impact upon homeless people and those incarcerated is particularly hard to read, but incredibly important. It is the moments that take place within Strangeways and an inmate there that made me particularly emotional.  Once again Joseph has penned a masterpiece in Crime Fiction/Crime Noir.  Giving us plenty of drama, intrigue, twists and turns and also moments that will make you wince. This book is not for the faint hearted and the best thing is how he ends it. There’s no way of knowing what will come next, and that is why you should read it.

A rip roaring, page turner and one I highly recommend to those who love a good detective novel, trust me, there are things you will not see coming and they will leave you reeling.

Star Rating out of 5: 5

I’d love to hear your thoughts if you have read it, so comment below. Happy reading!

G.
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Breaking the Silence

As you can imagine, I’ve been adjusting to life and trying to find my feet again. I’m hoping to get back into writing again soon, as well as carrying on with the book reviews. Now I have my book bug back, I think I’ll be reading a lot more than I have been or was.

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I’m attending a book event on Thursday evening in Manchester, with the author Joseph Knox. I read his first book Sirens and tore through it. I think the fact his books are based in Manchester (my city) make it easier for me to imagine the surroundings more, I also liked the way he named the chapters of Sirens after Joy Division songs (one of my favourite bands) His style of writing is great and he makes it easy for you to fall into the story without trying too hard. I’m currently reading his second book in the series (The Smiling Man) and I’m finding it hard to put it down and figure out who the culprit is. He’s brilliant at weaving storylines within one another, often linking one with the other through the most subtle of means.

I’m really looking forward to hearing him read an excerpt from his new book ‘The Sleepwalker’ and what he has to say about his methodology when writing, his favourite character(s) and of course whether there will be any other Detective Aidan Waits books.

I’m hoping I can use reading/writing as a cathartic process and hope that at some point I may even be able to write more poetry and eventually start writing short stories again.

G.

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It’s Been a While…

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted much, I am reading a few things at the moment and hope to have reviews up for them soon.

It’s been a weird few months with lots going on but I feel much more clear headed and I’m looking back at how far I’ve come and feel proud. I’m going to be sharing some pieces of writing with you…They’re not ground breaking or earth shattering but things I wrote when I was working through some stuff. And who knows? Perhaps it might help someone out there going through something similar.

Thanks for the continued love and support on here.

G.

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Supermutant Magic Academy – A Review

Supermutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki

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This was a purchase I made when browsing through the book shop one day, I was looking for some more comic books to try out and I stumbled across this. I flicked through the pages and just found myself getting drawn in.

Told in a series of single page comics, it follows the lives of the students of Supermutant Magic Academy, a prep school for mutants and witches; despite their obvious differences a lot of the issues they face are familiar. Some pages really made me think, and others made me laugh out loud. I’d say the characters of Marsha and Wendy act as the centre and feature more than say Trixie or Everlasting Boy, but you feel invested in them (Marsha especially) so  I didn’t mind.

It’s quirky, fun, provocative and not what I expected at all. I loved the artwork in this and the imagery worked so fluidly with the dialogue, Jilliam Tamaki just seemed to find the perfect balance of everything. It’s an easy enough read that you could probably get through it one sitting, but I’d suggest just taking your time, really look at the panels and take in what the characters are saying.

Thoroughly enjoyable and one that I would definitely recommend to other people, I will probably leaf through this again at some point in the near future and I’m SUPER keen to read some more of Jillian Tamaki’s work, but what a great place for me to start!

Star Rating out of 5: 5

‘I dunno, to be honest, I was just hoping to keep the demons away…’

Happy reading bookworms!

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Time to Book Ahead

With each New Year comes new ideas, this year already looks promising for the publishing world and various websites and newspapers are already speculating about what they think the next big thing in the Literary world is going to be. As you know, I don’t always review the latest releases, however here are some novels (some of which I’ve already purchased and are waiting on my bookshelf) which I’m looking forward to reading this year.

The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell.

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This is a book all about the cult film ‘The Room’ starring the strange, and weirdly captivating, Tommy Wiseau. If you haven’t seen the film then you really should, it’s unintentionally funny and there are some great moments where time seems to get lost and goes from being a day to an evening to the same day again. This book is all about Greg (who starred in the film) and the process of the filming being made. I only read a short exert online and it made me laugh, so I’m really looking forward to reading it at some point this year.

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.

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I know this came out last year, and I was excited by it. I mean To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the books in my Top 5, so I was excited to hear that the familiar nostalgic characters were back. But then slowly but surely there was something of an outcry with people saying that it wasn’t a great book, and that previously open minded characters had become racist, so I kept putting it off. I guess I was apprehensive of losing the respect and love I had for the Finch family, but I need to read it. Who knows I may just like it, and if I don’t at least I’ll find out what happened to them.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.

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I made a promise to myself that this year I would try to read more varied genres. I picked this up in a book shop yesterday for the sheer fact that on the label it said ‘If you like Star Trek or Firefly then this book is for you’ I was instantly sold. But when I read the blurb on the back there was something that appealed to that aspect of me that still wants to be an astronaut exploring space. The idea of exploring vast galaxies with a mishmash crew of different species just struck a chord with my younger self. I haven’t read a lot of Sci-fi in the past so hopefully this will be the start of a long and beautiful relationship with the sci-fi genre.

Things We Have in Common by Tasha Kavanagh.

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Something about this pulled me in, perhaps it was the praise that said it was similar to Gone Girl (a book which I enjoyed until the ending ruined it) I guess what piqued my interest more was the blurb on the back, it was captivating, just as the novel is supposed to be. Dealing with themes of teenage obsession and isolation, I have a feeling this is going to make for a compelling read.

Your Heart is a Muscle The Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa.

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I love books that really seem to observe humanity and this one seems to capture it perfectly. Set during Seattle’s 1999 WTO Protest, the book follows the course of one afternoon and how the lives of seven people are changed forever. In the mix are an estranged father and son, two protestors who don’t believe in violence and the financial minister from Sri Lanka. Needless to say this should make for a raw and conflicting read.

Innocents and Others by Dana Spiotta.

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I think the main thing that’s intrigued me about this book is the fact it’s about two female filmmakers. Working in the media industry can be quite eye-opening and there’s always so much to be thinking about, so I was intrigued by these two filmmakers (best friends) who have very differing views on sex, morality and movie-making. It just sounds appealing and I can’t wait to grab a copy.

Zero K by Don De Lillo.

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I haven’t read much by Don De Lillo, in fact I’ve only read one of his other books ‘Americana’ and I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of a long, hot, dusty summer and not really knowing what to do with my life. The subject matter of Zero K really intrigued me; a billionaire tries to cure his ailing wife by the use of body preservation until medical research can find an answer to eternal life. I think mortality is a very deep subject matter, and we all have thoughts on life and death but when money is introduced it’s even more fascinating. I’ve often thought that wealthy people seem to think they can live forever and I feel this will make for an incredibly thought provoking read.

Other titles I’m keen to read at some point this year;

Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig – What can I say I loved Star Wars so much..JJ did such a great job and it’s reignited the love of the originals in my soul.

The Tria by Matt King – Matt’s a promising writer and my review and interview with him last year was one of the most viewed posts I had, so I’m really looking forward to giving this a read.

Americosis Vol.2 by Haydn Wilks – Volume 1 was crazy and intriguing enough that I’m looking forward to seeing how it develops.

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins – I’ve NEVER read them OR seen the films, but I’ve heard great things. I think it’s high time I give them a shot!

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Any Human Heart by William Boyd

Zodiac by Robert Graysmith – I think like the majority of the world I’m working my way through ‘Making a Murderer’ on Netflix and it’s really kicked off my intrigue in true crime. I love the film, so it makes sense to give this book a read.

I’d love to hear what you lovely lot are looking forward to reading this year, so please comment below.

Happy reading, Georgina.

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Update…Why There Has Been Silence On More Books Than Shoes!

This is just to keep you updated, as I realise I haven’t posted anything in a while. There are a few reasons for this. Firstly I started a new job last week and the week previously was incredibly hectic for me as I had to train my replacement and also train up the person taking over the role of Edit Coordinator. Then I had the weekend and as I started my new job on Monday I’ve been busy  learning the ins and outs so that come filming/studio days, I don’t mess up.

I’ve also been commuting less. There is a girl who lives nearby (hello Liz) and she works in the same area as me, and she’s been generous enough to let me car share with her, as despite being almost 30, I can’t actually drive. Something I hope to fix this year by taking lessons and passing my driving test. Instead of taking an hour and half in the morning it’s been taking around 45 minutes, which is great and less stressful. The only downside is that it’s taken away the 2 hours reading time I had a day, which means that I have fallen behind with it all a little bit. I do love reading but being able to get to work early and home earlier is going to win out over some reading time.

I was also busy last month reading and reviewing three books for Belle About Town, a great website for busy women everywhere. You can find my March review for them here http://belleabouttown.com/belle-at-home/literary-lane-3-books-to-read-this-month/me – at the moment I’m also busy working through the three books I am covering in my April review. I am trying to find time to continue with my Reading Challenge for my book blog, but it has been difficult recently.

Another big thing was that I used to use my work laptop to blog from in an evening (naughty of me I know, but what can I say I’m a rule breaker) and although I have a great desktop, I hate being sat upstairs writing when my husband is downstairs. We’re so busy in the week with work that I hate to spend my evenings tucked away in one room, whilst he is in another. So I made the bold decision to purchase a laptop for my blogging and novel writing (more on that soon), that way even if I am writing, we can still talk and be in the same room as one another. What’s also great is seeing how my blogging has inspired him to start his own blog too. If you’re interested in the latest in gadgets, gaming and all things technical, then why not check it out over at http://technicalwasteland.wordpress.com

So the more astute of my readers may have noticed how I casually dropped in the fact I have started writing my first ever novel. I did used to dabble in writing fan fiction back in the day, but I only shared this with a select few, but I feel that this is something I need to get started on and I thought this year was a good a time as any. It’s been a long time coming, but it was perhaps reading my dear friends self-published novel Transatlanticism (you can read more about it here) https://morebooksthanshoes.wordpress.com/2015/02/08/reading-challenge-2015-a-book-published-this-year/ that really inspired to finally sit down and get writing. It doesn’t have a name yet and I’ve only written one chapter and pencilled another, but I know writing is a slow game and I’m ok with that. I often get described as diligent in my day to day work, so I want to know that at least I feel happy with it before I start putting it out there.

So all in all it’s been a busy time. There’s a lot of things going on, but I just wanted to assure you not to worry. Normal service will be resuming now that I have a laptop back and once I’ve got used to my work schedule I’ll know where to fit in time to read. Keep your eyes peeled my lovely bookworms and readers of my blog, there’ll be a lot more coming this way over the coming weeks.

Until next time, happy reading.

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What Else Am I Doing?…..

I often worry that my lovely, loyal readers think that I am procrastinating or taking my sweet time when reading books, but I assure you I am reading most of the time (largely in thanks to my daily commute to work) but I have also been busy this year, reading and reviewing books for the wonderful website Belle About Town.

Here are some of my latest offerings to the site, please do check them out.

http://belleabouttown.com/belle-at-home/books/book-review-the-bone-clocks/

http://belleabouttown.com/belle-at-home/book-review-darker-edge-of-desire/

http://belleabouttown.com/belle-at-home/book-review-devils-demise/

http://belleabouttown.com/belle-at-home/book-review-an-inside-look-at-a-woman-named-coral/

Thankfully my book reviews seem to be doing well and from March I will have a MONTHLY article on the site that will cover not one, not two but THREE book reviews. I’m really happy and love being part of the site, but don’t worry I won’t neglect you guys. Just yesterday I finished reading another book as part of the 2015 Reading Challenge in which I am partaking, and have started on another one today. So keep your eyes peeled for a review in the next day or two.

Happy, snug reading to one and all.

Georgina

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