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Pile by the Bed reviews Enlightenment by Sarah Perry, set in Essex over three time periods - a heady mix of ideas, mystery and character.

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Pile By the Bed reviews Escape Velocity by Victor Manibo a crime novel set on a luxury space station that has class politics firmly on its mind.

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Pile by the Bed reviews The Wings Upon Her Back by Samantha Mills, debut science fiction that explores issues around toxic relationships in a unique world

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Pile by the Bed reviews Kaliane Bradley's debut speculative fiction novel The Ministry of Time - part time travel tale, part bureaucratic satire, part historical exploration, part romcom and part thriller.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Tomorrow's Children by Daniel Polansky a chaotic romp set in a post-apocalyptic New York that wears its many influences on its sleeve.

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Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Calypso by Oliver K Langmead a generation ship novel that deals with its complex ethical and moral issues through epic verse.

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Pile y the Bed reviews What I Would Do To You by Georgia Harper a speculative fiction debut that imagines a future Australia in which the death penalty has been brought back.

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Pile by the Bed reviews When Among Crows by Veronica Roth a standalong urban fantasy novella that brings the mythology of Poland to present day Chicago.

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Pile by the Bed reviews River Mumma by Zalika Reid-Benta a coming-of-age urban fantasy set in Toronto but drawing on Jamaican cosmology.

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Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Someone You Can Build a Nest in by John Wiswell a tractured fairy tale told from the perspective of the monster that explores what it means to be human.

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Pile by the Bed reviews The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo, a stand alone fantasy set in 16th Century Spain that draws on her familiy history.

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Pile by the Bed reviews The Siege of Burning Grass by Premee Mohamed a fantasy set in the middle of an ongoing war that explores themes of war and resistance.

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Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends The Spear Cuts Through Water by Simon Jimenez an award winning modern fantasy with a unique cosmology engagingly told.

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Pile by the Bed reviews The Prey by Ysra Sigurdardottir a horror story set in the icy far north of Iceland.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Crooked Seeds by Karen Jennings a book centred around a seemingly irredeembaly self centred characted that explores the legacy of apartheid - 'tough to handle emotionally but also powerfully resonant'

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Pile by the Bed reviews All Us Sinners by Katy Massey dark hsitorical crime fiction set on the streets of Leeds in 1977, during the time of the Yorkshire Ripper.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Ocean's Godori by Elaine U Cho - fast pasced and fun Korean inspired space opera.

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Pile by the Bred reviews The Curse of Pietro Houdini by Derek B Miller effecitve and evocative historical fiction which takes readers to an Italian Monastery in World War 2 and an audacious art heist

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Pile by the Bed reviews Bone Lands by Pip Fioretti, debut Australian historical rural crime fiction set in the outback sheep country in 1911.

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Pile by the Bed reviews The Silver Bone by Andrey Kurkov historical crime fiction with a hint of magical realism set in the chaos of Kyiv in 1919.

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The Silent Inheritance by Joy Dettman
Crime , Review / 14/03/2016

Joy Dettman delves into a world of crime in her latest novel. Over a wide cast of characters she manages to fit in a whole spectrum of crime and general meanness into a small space: from a serial killer through to a hit and run, perjury and drug dealing. The Silent Inheritance ranges across a large group of characters so it takes a while to get going. Sarah Carter, deaf since birth, is trying to get a promotion but is passed over for...

Fever City by Tim Baker
Crime , Historical , Review / 10/03/2016

There is nothing more certain than death, taxes and books about the assassination of JFK. This event had everything – sex, drugs, mafia, movie stars, the FBI, the CIA, communists. And to top it all off, as Tim Baker does not hesitate to point out in Fever City, it was an event that changed the course of America and world history. The shooting of JFK  has always been the motherload for conspiracy theorists but also for crime writers. ...

Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn
Fantasy , Review / 06/03/2016

Lian Hearn returns to her best-selling faux-Japanese fantasy world in a new four book series being published in Australia in two volumes. Set three hundred years before her Tales of the Otori, The Tale of Shikanoko is pure sword and sorcery fantasy with a Japanese twist. As with her Otori series, the setting is not Japan, or even a Japanese version of ancient Japan, but it is a Japan-like world heavily based on the myths, legends and...

The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore
Crime , Recommended , Review , Thriller / 06/03/2016

Many crime novels straddle the line between crime and horror. Serial killers, on the whole, are the stuff of nightmares and crime writers have been falling over themselves for some time to up the gore factor. While horror novels usually rely on some form of supernatural agency and do not necessarily have the neat resolution of the crime genre, the bloody results are often the same. And so it is with The Poison Artist – a crime novel ...

How to Set a Fire and Why by Jesse Ball
Literature , Recommended , Review / 06/03/2016

It is easy to compare any novel narrated by a disaffected American teenager with the seminal Catcher in the Rye. Holden Caulfield has become the archetypical American teen – intelligent, insightful and with plenty of promise but constantly fighting against a system which seeks to pigeon hole and repress. Lucia, the eighteen year-old narrator of How to Set a Fire and Why, fits into this mould but this is a very different tale and a ve...

Down Station by Simon Morden
Fantasy , Review / 06/03/2016

Doorways into magical lands are a venerable fantasy tradition going back centuries in English fiction. Think Alice in Wonderland or Peter Pan. In the Twentieth Century we had the seminal Narnia series and plenty of imitators followed. More recently we’ve even seen a modern deconstruction of that mythology in books like Lev Grossman’s Magician’s series. In this context, Simon Morden’s Down Station seems a little staid. The central ide...

The Midnight Watch by David Dyer

The sinking of the Titanic, now over one hundred years ago, is still one of the most famous disasters in history. So it is no wonder that it has been the subject of countless books and films. Given this, the question has to be whether there is the appetite for yet another novel exploring this incident. The answer, strongly given by David Dyer in his debut The Midnight Watch, is an unqualified yes. The Midnight Watch is not primarily ...

Fall by Candice Fox
Crime , Recommended / 23/01/2016

  Eden Archer, Australia’s answer to Dexter Morgan, and her damaged partner Frank Bennett are back at work in Fall, investigating a series of murders of women joggers. Underlying this investigation is another one by Frank’s lover (and former psychologist) Imogen, who solves cold cases in her spare time and is closing in on Eden’s true identity. There is plenty else going on in Fall, with Eden’s ex-crimelord father Hades having a...

Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt
Fantasy , Literature , Review / 05/01/2016

Patrick deWitt has gone into fractured fairytale territory in his latest novel. Undermajordomo Minor, set somewhere in Europe, sometime in the nineteenth century comes complete with castles, dukes, battles, pickpockets, chambermaids and the titular majordomo. Lucien “Lucy” Minor needs to leave home. He lands himself a job as assistant to Olderclough, the majordomo  of the Castle von Aux. On arrival, Lucy finds that Olderclough’s prev...