The Waiting Room

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Read 01/04/2016

Rating: 2.5 stars

I was given this book by the author after I cheekily replied to her comment about hoping I’d read her book with a “can’t promise but maybe if you sent me a copy.”

I read it in a couple of hours, while waiting for a train. It diverted me, and here is my honest review.

For a first novella, this isn’t a bad effort. The idea is an intriguing one – what happens to us when we die, and what happens to the ones we leave behind? And what would it be like to be stuck in limbo waiting for the one we left behind to join us, all the time having to witness them going on with their life? And what if this kept on happening? Continue reading

The Known and Unknown Sea

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Read 21/12/2015-23/12/2015

Rating: 3.5 stars

The Known and Unknown Sea is the second novel by Alan Bilton. I read it to fulfil clue 18 of the Winter Scavenger Hunt, which asked us to read a book published by an independent publisher. Cillian Press in based in Manchester, and I was intrigued by the blurb for this book. It was unsettling and made me feel sad, but I’m glad that I read it. It’s the memoir of a man who can only recall events as he experienced them as a child. It is surreal, nightmarish, darkly funny and poignant. Continue reading