Short Story – Five minutes of your time

John increased his pace, he couldn’t afford to be late. The mass of humanity that surrounded him didn’t help, but he told himself that soon he wouldn’t have to deal with it anymore. He was meant for greater things (including a chauffeur), if he managed to arrive in time for the meeting of his life …

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Trainspotting Review

In the mid-to-late 80’s, Edinburgh was the heroin capital of the world. After all, it was cheap, impossibly addictive, and everywhere. The city was ravaged by drug culture and the violence, crime and debauched self-interest it spawned. Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting grabs hold of us and plunges us into this world of degenerates, this black pit of …

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Short Story – Unchosen

“You are not the chosen one.” Master Pienza’s words rang throughout the amphitheatre, bounding off of the concrete pillars and pricking my downturned ears like daggers. It took every ounce of my immense strength to keep from crumpling beneath the weight of the revelation. A stormcloud of startled murmurs erupted from the assembled guests and …

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Heartless Review

Off with her head! Lunar Chronicles author Marissa Meyer is back at it again with her clever and romantic YA fairytale-retelling ways. Her latest novel, Heartless, tells the story of Lady Catherine Pinkerton, dutchess, aspiring baker, and the future Queen of Hearts. Yes. That Queen of Hearts. I’ll admit, fairytales are not typically my thing, …

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Short Story – Eyam

‘Now, blessed be God, all our fears are over for none have died of the plague since the eleventh of October and the pest-houses have long been empty.’ So spoke the Reverend. The congregation listened, relieved but not happy. William Mompasson had endured his own suffering – his wife was buried within the stone circle. …

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Moby Dick Review

Moby-Dick was an odyssey of revenge and madness the likes of which the world had never seen. Author Herman Melville drew inspiration from his own time at sea and spent over a year and a half crafting what would eventually be honoured as a Great American Novel. I say eventually because its initial reception wasn’t …

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Short Story – Perfecting Pasta

It was her first meal since she had left.  A bag of crisps, bar of chocolate apart.  Just a packet from the co-op.  She had some cheese to grate on top, a little black pepper and a plastic tub of some kind of tomato sauce that she had basketed before the tears came.  Again. The …

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The Inexplicable Logic Of My Life Review

Have you ever read a book that just fills up your heart like a four course feast of words? That is exactly how I feel about Benjamin Alire Saenz’s latest and greatest, The Inexplicable Logic of My Life. Ever since reading Saenz’s most notable work (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe) earlier …

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