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Cover designs inspired by art: Wally Lamb’s We Are Water and Rhein II by Andreas Gursky

Cover designs inspired by art: Wally Lamb’s We Are Water and Rhein II by Andreas Gursky

If you're new here, why not subscribe to our email updates or follow us on Facebook? You can also add us to your Google Reader. Thanks for visiting!   When browsing through my many bookish newsletters today I came across an ad for Wally Lamb’s latest release We Are Water, and was struck by the cover design, which I found fiercely reminiscent of...

Review: The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

Review: The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

Yesterday I asked the readers of the RIASS Facebook page whether they make themselves finish reading a book that’s really not to their tastes, or whether they put such a book down. And if the latter, at what point would they do so? There’s a reason that this review is appearing about a week later than originally scheduled. And that’s because...

Interview: LA Johannesson on writing “technological romance”

Interview: LA Johannesson on writing “technological romance”

One of the topics that I find endlessly interesting in fiction is the lengths that many authors will go to in order to avoid dealing with modern technology in their work. A functioning mobile phone, for example, can easily put an end to a disaster or adventure story, so it’s little wonder that characters either lose them, forget to charge them, or break...

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter: a guy’s perspective

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter: a guy’s perspective

My husband Jono and I have pretty divergent reading tastes: his section of the bookshelf is largely business books and non-fiction, whereas mine’s largely fiction with the odd piece of narrative non-fiction thrown in. But there is some overlap in our reading habits, and zingy fiction that treads the line between MG and YA definitely comprises a large part...

Review: Lord of Darkness by Elizabeth Hoyt

Review: Lord of Darkness by Elizabeth Hoyt

Whew, here I am, having emerged from air after slogging my way through Elizabeth Hoyt’s Lord of Darkness, the latest in her Maiden Lane series. Though not a long novel, Lord of Darkness certainly feels it: I suspect that there might be some sort of time dilation powers hidden within its pages. There’s a reason that category romance novels tend to...

Review: Wild Card by Steven Lochran

Review: Wild Card by Steven Lochran

Anyone who’s been reading this site for a while knows that I regularly pass on zingy series fiction to my husband. Though his reading interests are polar opposites of mine, he’s possibly an even tougher critic. He’s basically a thirty-year-old teenage boy, and a mere paragraph of extraneous exposition results in him skim-reading–or...

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