‘Dracula Cha Cha Cha’ by Kim Newman

And, for my birthday week, we come to the next instalment of my favourite series. My favourite series but not my favourite book. The alternate history is going into living memory so the author has to do a few little legal acrobatics to avoid copyright infringement. The book is both winding down and turning up the power as a lot of weird new elements are thrown in (Hamish Bond) and the older elements are slowing to a stop. That said, it’s still great, well-researched fun with the excellent elevation of Penelope Churchward as a main character. Just don’t take it too seriously.

That’s the short version. Here’s the long version.

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First Line Fridays #16

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

It is said, in Imardin, that the wind has a soul, and that it wails through the narrow city streets because it is grieved by what it finds there.

What is it?

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First Line Fridays #15

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

‘Hold still and stop fighting me,’ his father said, and slapped him hard enough to leave a mark. Jess went quiet. He hadn’t meant to fidget, but the pouch strapped to his bare chest felt hot and dangerous, like some animal that might turn on him and bite.

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First Line Fridays #14

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Hell was a party. At least, Radu was fairly certain that whatever hell there was would certainly resemble this party.

What is it?

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First Line Fridays #13

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Mr and Mrs Bradbury had been married for six years and neither of them could remember why.

What is it?

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Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw

This is the most recently published book I’ve reviewed so far. It was a total impulse buy when I saw it on the bookshop shelf. It turned out to be a good decision. The world building is intriguing, spanning beyond vampires and into some very obscure mythology. Cliches are both averted and played with (I love the virgin-blood cliche converted to an unfortunate allergy), the characters are interesting and the danger feels very real. If you see it in a bookshop, buy it. You will not regret it.

That’s the short version. Here’s the long version.