Lanterns and Hardbacks

The reviews and musings of a twenty-something bibliophile


4 stars

Being Billy by Phil Earle

4 stars I don't remember where or when I acquired my copy of Being Billy. It was one of those books I picked up on a whim from my overflowing second bookcase (I have three), seemingly magically deposited there. Presumably... Continue Reading →


Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

4 stars Spoilers, surrounded by * and written in white text, can be read by highlighting the relevant passage. Several different people have recommended Sarah Waters to me and, seeing as it’s her most famous work, I decided I should... Continue Reading →

Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton

4 stars I absolutely loved this book. I read it in one sitting, which is quite unusual for me. The characters were just so compelling and it was quite an easy read. The main character, Megan, has been mute ever... Continue Reading →

Miss Chopsticks by Xinran

4 stars *This book doesn't rely very heavily on plot, but here's a warning for potential spoilers just in case you mind* This is a wonderful book which was captivating from start to finish. It has no real plot, instead... Continue Reading →

A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen

4 stars A Street Cat Named Bob is the true story of how a recovering drug addict in sheltered accommodation and a stray cat came together just when they each needed the other most. As others have noted, this is... Continue Reading →

Human Nature by Paul Cornell (Virgin New Adventures #38)

4 stars Human Nature has just overtaken Prisoner of the Daleks as my favourite Doctor Who book. The Eighth Doctor has turned himself human and is teaching at an English boarding school in 1913. Sound familiar? That's because this is... Continue Reading →

Magic Kingdom for Sale – SOLD! by Terry Brooks

4 stars Spoilers have been written in white text which can be read by highlighting the relevant passage. Magic Kingdom for Sale - SOLD! tells the story of lawyer Ben Holiday who decides to buy a magic kingdom. Coming into this... Continue Reading →

The Warlock in Spite of Himself by Christopher Stasheff (Warlock #1)

4 stars The Warlock in Spite of Himself tells the story of space explorer Rod whose job it is to find undiscovered planets and to bring them under the jurisdiction of galactic democracy. At the start of the novel, Rod lands on a... Continue Reading →

The Kubishime Romanticist by Nisio Isin (Zaregoto #2)

4 stars My opinion of the first book in this series was mostly just that it was a very intelligent murder mystery with excellent twists and turns right to the end. This one, however, also manages to go brilliantly deep... Continue Reading →

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