Hopeful Monsters by Roger McKnight

Hopeful Monsters is Roger McKnight’s debut short story collection. It features 17 stories which often include characters experiencing hardship or difficulty while eventually finding some sort of solace. It is published by the wonderful Storgy Books who were generous enough to send me a copy to review. Regular readers of my blog will know I … Continue reading Hopeful Monsters by Roger McKnight

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

His Bloody Project tells the story of Roderick Macrae (Roddy for short), a young man living in the Scottish Highlands in 1869, who is arrested for a triple murder. The story is told through a memoir written by Roddy, a report from an expert on criminal insanity and the transcript of the trial. It is … Continue reading His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery

I, like so many people, was horrified by the video which showed Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for nine minutes, half of which George Floyd spent begging for help, for water, for his mother. Even once George Floyd had lost consciousness the officer refused to take his knee from his neck until he … Continue reading They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

What’s it about? The story centres around Billy Pilgrim. It tells us his life story with focus as his time as a prisoner of war in the Second World War. Billy is far from your typical war hero. He is in fact a chaplains assistant. He carries no weapon, has no boots and is not … Continue reading Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

This Ragged, Wastrel Thing by Tomas Marcantonio

It has been a little while since my last review. With the world around us crazier than ever, reading has become much more difficult for me than usual. The only book I have managed to finish in the last two weeks was too boring to consider reviewing (a review in and of itself). Then, however, … Continue reading This Ragged, Wastrel Thing by Tomas Marcantonio

Southernmost by Silas House

What’s it about? Southernmost is about a preacher from a small Tennessee town named Asher Sharp. After a flood devastates his parish, Asher tries to help everybody he can. This includes a gay couple, who have recently moved into the area. The church, including Asher’s own wife, cannot accept a gay couple into their community … Continue reading Southernmost by Silas House

Q & A with Linda Mannheim

Earlier this year I read the astounding This Way to Departures. I absolutely loved the short story collection (you can read my review here: https://fallenfigsbookblog.com/2020/03/26/this-way-to-departures-by-linda-mannheim/ ) Now I have been fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to ask the author, Linda Mannheim, some questions about the collection! 1.      An eclectic mixture of locations and … Continue reading Q & A with Linda Mannheim

The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea by Yukio Mishima

What’s it about? This book tells the story of Noboru, a thirteen-year-old boy, Fusako, his mother, and the new love interest on the scene, a sailor called Ryuji. At the beginning of the story, Ryuji is a sailor on leave who has a fling with Fusako, but this then progresses to a more serious relationship … Continue reading The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea by Yukio Mishima

My 10 favourite pages from The Boy, the mole, the fox and the Horse

During the course of this lockdown I read The Boy, the mole, the fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy. I have gone on to read it every single day of the lockdown. It is a beautiful, powerful and uplifting book. Below, I have shared my 10 favourite pages from it but to give you … Continue reading My 10 favourite pages from The Boy, the mole, the fox and the Horse

Circe by Madeline Miller

What’s it about? “In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power--the power of witchcraft, … Continue reading Circe by Madeline Miller