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The Diabolic – S J Kincaid

The Diabolic – S J Kincaid

Yet another dystopian sci fi fantasy!


Set in the far distant future the known universe has expanded BUT many planets are seen as being unsafe places to live and only the space station that supports the Emperor and his supporters is seen as a safe haven.

Genetically modification is the ‘norm’ and diabolics are bodyguards created to protect the young of the senate, human looking but devoid of independent human thought or emotion – or so it seems!

The first in a new series. Complex, but I’m sure fantasy fiction lovers will enjoy.


All the Rivers – Dorit Rabinyan


35126186.jpgBanned in the author’s home nation of Israel, All the Rivers tells the story of Liat (an Israeli) and Hilmi (a Palestinian) who meet while she is studying in New York.

The story is largely Liat’s and while their romance is passionate and all-consuming, she knows that the relationship has no real chance of surviving when she returns home.

You can read her thoughts on the banning of her novel here 

The Fireman – Joe Hill


Joe Hill’s writing skills are as strong as his father’s Stephen King, and this is clearly apparent in his latest piece – The Fireman. 

The novel is set in a dystopian near future. A unexplained virus which causes it’s sufferers to self combust at some point in the future, has ravaged parts of the USA. A small group of the infected have managed to ‘tame’ the dragon scale disease and manage themselves in a secret hideaway, with the help of the mysterious ‘fireman’. He looks for those who are able to be ‘saved’. However gangs of the un-infected roam the streets looking to exterminate the infected ‘self-preservation’.

A weighty tome! But an engaging and action packed read.

The Hypnotist – Laurence Anholt

23548144The Hypnotist tells the unusual story of Pip, an orphaned black boy who is ‘fostered’ to a poor white farmer and his eccentric, bed-ridden wife, Lilybelle. As the story is set in the deep South there’s the expected backdrop of bigotry and the Klu Klux Klan. However the double narrative – Pip’s mirrored by Irish immigrant hypnotist and psychologist Jack Morrow – and the story of mute Hannah make for a complex and interesting romance and drama.

An interesting and well-crafted read.


Under a Pole Star – Stef Penney

imgres.jpgThis is a complex book, set in the time of exploration of the North Pole at the end of 19th century.

It deals with multiple issues – exploitation of the Inuit (first people); the role of women; obsession and the corrupting desire of ambition.

It is a fascinating portrayal of a specific time and place, but one that would be suited to senior readers due to some content.

Yong, the journey of an unworthy son – Janeen Brian

Designed for younger high school readers, this novel is based around the lives of Chinese immigrants who left their homeland to find their yong-195x300.jpgfortunes in Australia during the goldrush.

Yong accompanies his father and other families from their small village in Guangdong, to the goldfields of Ballarat.

The story provides a strong understanding of traditional Chinese family values and in particular, honour.

Very readable.


Asking for it – Louise O’Neill

This not an easy book to read – not because of the level of language or the style 30965521.jpgof writing, but by the very confronting content.

BOOK OF THE YEAR AT THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS 2015. The award-winning, bestselling novel about the life-shattering impact of sexual assault, rape and how victims are treated.

Online bullying, slut-shaming, gang rape and the aftermath of are not easy issues to read about, and more than likely not easy to write about.

Definitely a book for senior or more mature readers.

You can read more about it here – spoiler alert though!