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Toggle navigation. New to eBooks. Michelle Herman. Filter Results. Last 30 days. Last 90 days. All time. English Only. Dog Michelle Herman. MP Publishing Add to Cart Add to Cart. Written by: Anna Sauders Published: 20 July Although Barz has published poetry online and in various anthologies, Cacophony of Stardust is his first poetry collection and it holds over poems!

The sheer number of poems allows Barz to cover an almost staggering number of times, places, topics and memories. He draws his reader from the minutia of life with poems about water drops and abandoned cobwebs, to the more macro struggles such as war, ageing, illness, and toxic masculinity. He takes the reader through time in terms of life events, as well as through the four seasons.

That said, Barz litters his often serious poems with comic verses that can only be entertaining! Cacophony of Stardust is such a comprehensive collection of poems, there is sure to be something in there for everyone - old, young, male, female, political, or romantic. Ultimately, Cacophony of Stardust reminds its reader of both the big and small things we can forget in the rush of day-to-day life, through a heartfelt and humorous exploration of individual experiences in a very messy world.

Book Review: Transitions by R. Overall, I have nothing but positive things to say about Transitions. This beautifully produced chapbook — with a wonderfully understated front cover that preludes the exceptional illustration from Jane Burn on the inside — is another fine accomplishment for this author, who has matured ever so slightly and shifted focus somewhat since the Transition days of Somehow the poetry in Corvus has softer edges than I first expected, but this merely means that the brutality of the work comes through in different — sometimes much more passive aggressive — ways, and the author plays to this as a strength.

It feels quite impossible to do a strict comparison between this and Transitions as both chapbooks bring something that reads as very different to each other. Another cracking collection and certainly a book worthy of praise and reading time!

Written by: Charlotte Barnes Published: 4 July Another bite-size publication, this chapbook — published by Black Light Engine Room Press in the early part of this year — both pushes and pulls you between continuing and devouring the set of poems in one go, while also wanting to wait and consider, analyse, re-read before moving onto the next piece.

Whatever your reading style or pace, this chapbook will have something that suits your tastes. Garrett relies on strong and distinctive imagery throughout this work, which is heightened by her simultaneously regular and irregular construction of each poem. There are no strict regulations here in respect to how Garrett constructs her work, but that is, in part, what makes the work quite so enchanting as irregular stanzas gel with her content.

Overall Garrett has again shaped a world that is simultaneously mystical and magical, while being part-human and very much part-evil all at once. Rich with imagery and packed with narrative threads that are worth holding on to, this is another strong release from Garrett and certainly one worth adding to the to-read list. Written by: Charlotte Barnes Published: 28 June A pocket-sized pamphlet of female ferocity, Leavesley moves through a series of womanly speakers in a way that is both hard-hitting and memorable, making for a wonderful collection overall.

Written by: Charlotte Barnes Published: 21 June Garrett does a fine job of sewing together the mystical and the real, which means you are never entirely sure whether you are dealing with mermaid, man, or something in between. This is a mid-America edge to much of the work as Garrett glimpses back to the her original side of the pond, blending this well with distortions of adolescence and the grim realities that we soon come to terms with on growing up.

Before settling down to write this review I had a quick look back to the last time I reviewed a Sarah Leavesley publication. This last book, as it turns out, was the prequel to this one. The one thing that has stayed the same from one book to the next is, of course, the quality of writing. The imagery of this world is rich which only adds further to the overall authenticity and believability of these women and their stories. The main difference for me is that the ending packs a slightly different punch this time around.

Overlapping narratives, beautiful prose, and more questions without answers, Leavesley again does a fine job of hooking a reader by the heartstrings and pulling them into this bitesize narrative — perfect to devour in one sitting, if you think you can stomach the tension. Written by: Charlotte Barnes Published: 5 June A pocket-size guide to life through music, each piece reads like a walk down memory lane where Hemingway takes the reader by the hand and points out the most important sights along the way — offering up some killer lines as he goes.

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Press in early , this bite-size collection is a hot pebble of confusing emotions and surreal re-tellings that I had to read twice over, just to make sure that I got everything - and I'm still not convinced that I did. The truth is that the entire release is liberally scattered with lines that live beyond the page, bringing an extra force to Daniels' accounts of childhood incidents and adult realisations. There are times when the pamphlet forces a pause for thought, because while some poems are initially surreal and somewhat non-sensical, on further inspection they swell to a bigger meaning.

It is this - these - bigger meanings that leave a reader feeling very much like they've spied on the poet in a private moment, giving off an intimacy that the first poem hadn't prepared me for - but the second poem certainly hinted at 'I float and savour the nausea. Overall, Tell Mistakes I Love Them is unexpectedly touching, stylistically interesting, and a promising beginning for Stephen Daniels - and it's certainly a worthy addition to any poetry-reader's pamphlet pile.

These days I am in the habit of reading poetry collections with a pencil close by, such is my tendency to annotate as I go. Inspired by the diaries of a close family member, Walker weaves a narrative of isolation, self- discovery, and genuine heartache throughout this release. The speaker tells of her change in scenery and how this both fascinates and sometimes disturbs her, making for a turbulent read that captures beautifully the sense of ill-ease we are all inclined to feel during big life changes.

From piece to piece we are treated to rich imagery that captures the landscape of this work, which only serves to enrich the reading experience further. Not only do the feelings of the speaking character pack a punch here, but her settings — beautifully described, from redcurrents to life-changing storms — are equally as forceful.

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Somewhere Between Rose and Black is a wonderful pamphlet. It is sincere, heartfelt, and beautifully crafted, and it speaks volumes in support of the growing talent that is Claire Walker. To find out more about Claire Walker, and her upcoming publication, you can check out our interview with her now by clicking here. Written by: Charlotte Barnes Published: 28 November Snare is the latest Noir novel release from Icelandic author Lilja Sigurdardottir, translated beautifully by Quentin Bates if you're a fan of Icelandic Noir, then Bates is mostly likely an already familiar name to you.

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Snare by name, snare by nature, this release is a stunning opening novel to what promises to be a killer trilogy. Some background, then: Snare introduces us to Sonja, a woman who, after going through a messy divorce that saw her lose custody of her son, finds herself in a tricky financial situation. She is eventually approached by her divorce lawyer who, it transpires, is a major player in a drug smuggling ring.

Sonja soon finds herself trapped in a world of smuggling where the stakes are constantly being raised and the risks are increasing along with them. While she plans various ways in which to escape the snare, she then encounters another problem altogether: Bragi, a senior Customs Officer, who has noticed Sonja's comings and goings. Add to that Sonja's turbulent relationship with Agla a woman who has her own set of problems as she is currently being investigated for her involvement in the Icelandic financial crash and there aren't too many quiet moments to be found in this novel.

The novel is beautifully written and beautifully translated, providing a rich and full landscape for the characters to run riot it. Sigurdardottir pens her descriptions with such conviction and confidence that you find yourself immediately transported to the various locations here, which only adds to the authenticity of the story. It is action-packed, of course, but there is never anything overdone or unbelievable about the text either. Sigurdardottir weaves what feels like a real-life story here - such is the state of the world at present - and through that Snare packs an even greater punch.

I will confess that on seeing the length of the book - it is a short read - coupled with the promised plot, I had reservations about the pace from the beginning, but I needn't have worried. There is enough in each chapter to keep you interested, yes, but the novel is paced to allow the dramatic reveals to fizz and linger, with no sense of them folding over each other and becoming lost which was, I suppose, my initial concern.

Not only it is well-paced but it comes with a well positioned twist that literally left me wide-eyed in the final chapters of the book. I love where the novel closes and it has left me ever so hungry to see where the next work in this trilogy will pick up.

Sigurdardottir should be immensely proud of this release. It is well-polished, finely crafted, and a true credit to the growing body of Noir emerging from Iceland at present. The author is staking a claim to a slice of that genre here and, after reading Snare, I can say it is a slice that she rightly deserves.

A thoroughly enjoyable read! In chapter one of the book Jaakko learns that he is dying. The novel is packed with black comedy, surreal encounters, and a touch of Fargo that resonates strongly. Trouble and mayhem appear to follow Jaakko wherever he goes during his investigations and, in that respect, Tuomainen does not miss a beat when it comes to keeping the narrative flow rolling, and indeed keeping it interesting.

There are times in this novel where Tuomainen really interrogates what it means to be alive, and indeed what it means to have a life, and it seems to me that a strong message of the book is that these two things are in fact markedly different from each other. As such, not only is the novel amusing but it is also poignant; the sadness that emanates from Jaakko during these reflections is contagious so thank goodness for the wonderfully awkward death scenes that recapture the light-hearted feel afterwards.

The telling is gripping, the translation is beautiful, and Jaakko is wonderfully off-beat narrator-protagonist who might even teach you a thing or two during your time with him.

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Written by: Charlotte Barnes Published: 1 November The novel follows Ranald McGhie who finds himself plucked from a working-class existence and dumped into a country estate, left to him by a Great Uncle he knew nothing about. Having spent his life believing that his deceased mother had no family to speak of, it comes as quite the surprise to our protagonist that not only is there a family he knows nothing about, but the patriarch of that family has died, leaving Ran an extensive library of classic novels — that just happens to be housed in a mansion.

It soon becomes apparent that all is not as it seems. The house, along with the family that owned it, has a rich and terrible history that lingers in every room Ran discovers — and believe me, there are plenty of rooms. Malone drip-feeds just enough information as the story progresses making for a great build of tension throughout. Ran becomes more isolated in his mind, alienated from the real world around him, but the house itself — beautifully described, might I add — only serves to emphasise this, creating a marvellous feeling of claustrophobia.

The novel is well-paced and makes for a perfect blend of fact-and-fiction, never giving you enough information, really, to decide what it and is not real. Malone has created a cast of brilliantly flawed characters to carry this book and they do so admirably. A strong publication from start to finish — add this to your order list, now. The novel is based around abuse of state power in Russia, with various nods to other countries along the journey.

While Human Rights lawyer Scott Mitchell is drawn into a world of corruption and intrigue by the glamorous Ekaterina Romanova, is quickly becomes apparent that, naturally, not everything in this novel is as it initially appeared to be. Along the way there are unearthed secrets and political cover-ups-gone-bad that will have you itching to the turn the page just to see what the next chapter has to offer. A crime and thriller novel rolled into one, Moscow Bound promises political corruption and abuse of state power, and it certainly does not fail deliver.