ARC Review: The Cthulhu Casebooks – Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows by James Lovegrove

The Cthulhu Casebooks: Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows by James Lovegrove

Publication: November 15th 2016 by Titan Books

Format: Hardback Pages: 352

ISBN13: 9781783295937

‘In the stews of London’s East End, an outbreak of insanity sees ordinary men and women reduced to gibbering, incoherent wrecks; a mysterious creeping fog hides terrifying apparitions within that rob the wits of all who see them and even inspire suicide.

Sherlock Holmes, in the infancy of his detecting career, deduces a connection between these sinister “shadows” and an Oriental drug lord who is bent on expanding his criminal empire. Yet there are even more sinister forces at work, as the great detective faces a challenge so fearsome and deadly that his career may be over almost as soon as it has begun.’ ­­­– Goodreads

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A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2

Publication: May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury

Format: Paperback Pages: 624

ISBN13: 9781408857885

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two. 

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.’ – Goodreads

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ARC Review: The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

Publication: August 11st 2016 by Scribe UK

Format: Paperback Pages: 320

ISBN13: 9781925228519

Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heatwave scorched the small town of Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.

When local prosecutor Autopsy Bliss publishes an invitation to the devil to come to the country town of Breathed, Ohio, nobody quite expected that he would turn up. They especially didn’t expect him to turn up a tattered and bruised thirteen-year-old boy.

Fielding, the son of Autopsy, finds the boy outside the courthouse and brings him home, and he is welcomed into the Bliss family. The Blisses believe the boy, who calls himself Sal, is a runaway from a nearby farm town. Then, 

as a series of strange incidents implicate Sal — and riled by the feverish heatwave baking the town from the inside out — there are some around town who start to believe that maybe Sal is exactly who he claims to be.

But whether he’s a traumatised child or the devil incarnate, Sal is certainly one strange fruit: he talks in riddles, his uncanny knowledge and understanding reaches far outside the realm of a normal child — and ultimately his eerily affecting stories of Heaven, Hell, and earth will mesmerise and enflame the entire town.

Devastatingly beautiful, The Summer That Melted Everything is a captivating story about community, redemption, and the dark places where evil really lies. Goodreads.

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Fear by Stefan Zweig

Fear by Stefan Zweig

Publication: January 5th 2010 by Pushkin Collection

Format: Paperback Pages: 112

ISBN13: 9781906548186

Finding her comfortable bourgeois existence as wife and mother predictable after eight years of marriage, Irene Wagner brings a little excitement into it by starting an affair with a rising young pianist. Her lover’s former mistress begins blackmailing her, threatening to give her secret away to her husband. Irene is soon in the grip of agonizing fear.
Written in the spring of 1913, and first published in 1920, this novella is one of Stefan Zweig’s most powerful studies of a woman’s mind and emotions. 

La Paura (1954) the Roberto Rossellini film based on the Stefan Zweig novel Fear was the last of the extraordinary features in which Rossellini directed Ingrid Bergman, who was then his wife.

Pushkin Collection editions feature a spare, elegant series style and superior, durable components. The Collection is typeset in Monotype Baskerville, litho-printed on Munken Premium White Paper and notch-bound by the independently owned printer TJ International in Padstow. The covers, with French flaps, are printed on Colorplan Pristine White Paper. Both paper and cover board are acid-free and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. – Goodreads.

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The Greek Myths by Robert Graves

If you’re looking for a ‘does everything’ collection of Greek mythology, this is it. Seriously, The Greek Myths is all you need. I’d read tidbits of Greek mythology when I was younger and had a general idea of what was up in Olympus, but I found my knowledge insufficient during my time as a Literature student (and most of it wrong!). No, you don’t have to have a brilliant understanding of Greek mythology if you’re studying Literature, but it sure does help. So, if you’re going to study English Literature at university, get this and thank me later. 

The Greek Myths (published by Folio Society) is made up of two volumes. Volume I covers all of the stories from ‘Beginnings’ to ‘Crete and Theseus’ and Volume II covers ‘Thebes’ to ‘Odysseus’. You get both volumes in this collection.

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Both volumes have the same covers, and they have maps behind the front and back covers. The maps are detailed and useful guides; I kept returning to them while reading the stories.

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The Greek Myths is perfect for anyone interested in Greek mythology, whether you’re a beginner or an expert. You don’t have to be a Literature (or Classics) student to appreciate a collection of well-written awesomeness. What I particularly loved about this collection was that Graves gives you alternative versions of each story. For example, Volume I begins by giving detailed but easy-to-digest accounts of ‘The Homeric and Orphic Creation Myths’, ‘The Olympian Creation Myth’, ‘Two Philosophical Creation Myths’, and ‘The Five Ages of Man’.

Each volume also includes black and white illustrations!  The following illustration is from Volume I – ‘Zeus and Metis’.

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As there are so many stories and different versions of each story, it’s easy to get lost in Greek mythology. I felt like this collection handled the job exceptionally well; you can read each volume start to finish without getting confused because of how well organised they are. I’d suggest reading each volume this way and then returning to specific sections when/if required. That way, you already have an overall understanding of Greek mythology, and you can just return to reinforce details.

I purchased the collection a while ago and couldn’t find it on the Folio Society website. Unfortunately, the collection is no longer printed by Folio Society. However, you can still find it on Amazon!  I found this seller after a quick search, but there are other sellers too (some selling it for less).

 

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