Different Class by Joanne Harris is a thriller of the highest order. It closely plotted tale will leave you wanting more.
Thirteen-year-old Rainbow discovers she can communicate with trees. But that’s just the beginning. Her magic hands can shape trees at her will, but her gift is dangerous and has fatal consequences. An accident that leaves Rainbow unconscious leads her mother to make a confession that will change Rainbow’s life forever. Are her abilities a gift or a curse? Can Rainbow really trust her mother? From England to France, through secrets, fears and parallel worlds, Rainbow’s journey to understand her powers takes her beyond everything she’s ever known. To find the truth, she must also find herself.
As McMillan states this book is not so much about Yorkshire, but about the author and poet and his relationship with the County. McMillan’s experiences are shared with a myriad cast of characters who we see through the eyes of the Bard of Barnsley. Perhaps my roots shine through as I giggled and chortled myContinue reading “Neither Nowt Nor Summat – a book review”
Springbett starts with an assault of flavours and textures and quickly hits the reader with a one-two punch that completes the metaphor of the opening paragraph and literally takes the breath away. The timespan of this short story is a mere couple of minutes, yet in that time the protagonist feels, remembers and tastes everyContinue reading “Quark Soup by Harriet Springbett”
I love short stories. The right author can immerse me in a strong, vibrant world, capture my imagination and challenge my thoughts. So it was a pleasure to learn of Galley Beggar’s Singles. The short stories in this series cost one pound each and provide several minutes of pure pleasure. Ruby Cowling’s The Colonist isContinue reading “The Colonist – a short story review”
A bit of background When I go to see a movie based on a book that I know, I generally re-read the book. So seeing the trailer for Ender’s game was a siren song. This is one of my favourite books and I wanted to remember why I love it and to tell you aboutContinue reading “Ender’s Game – a book review”