• Book Review,  Reviews

    Ghoulish Song – William Alexander

    “The last day of Kaile’s life did not start well.  She was up before the sun bothered to be, and fumbled a bit with her beside lantern. The flint sparked, the wick caught, and she blinked herself awake in the sudden, violent light. Then she wound up the case and watched it turn.  The lantern was a music bow, a shadow puppet show, and one of Kaile’s very favourite things. Animals marched around the bedroom walls as it turned in a slow circle. She stared at the shadows while slowly remembering what day it was.” On Inspection Day at her mother’s bakery everything had to go perfectly. So when Snotfish’s…

  • Guest Post

    Goblin Secrets Blog Tour: London Bridge is Falling Down by William Alexander

    Fantasy writers in the United States are often raised on a steady diet of Tolkien and Lewis and Carroll and Nesbit and Cooper and so on. We are haunted by England. This is probably annoying to both of us, English and American, but it can’t be helped. Maybe we long for a history older than two hundred years, the kind of history that boatfuls of puritans tried to sev er when they sailed westwards—the kind that they tried to destroy after landing on the other side. I didn’t want to be haunted by England, despite my love for those authors and the cadences of their language. I refused to write…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Goblin Secrets – William Alexander

    “Rownie woke when Graba knocked on the ceiling from the other side. Plaster dust drifted down from the knocking. Graba knocked again. Baskets hung on chains from the rafters, and they shook when she knocked.  Rownie sat up and tried to blink sleep-sand and plaster dust from one eye. The whole floor was covered by a bed made up of straw, stolen clothes sewn into blankets, and sleeping siblings.” Rownie barely remembers a time when he wasn’t one of Graba’s many grandchildren. Before that he lived with his mother and his older brother, but when his mother drowned in the vast Zombay river, Rownie and his brother were taken under…

  • Letterbox Love

    Letterbox Love (#47)

    Welcome to Letterbox Love, this is a UK meme, hosted by the lovely Lynsey at Narratively Speaking and inspired by The Story Siren’s In My Mailbox. This post is a means by which to highlight the books we get in the post and beyond, and especially to bring attention to those books which may be sat on our shelves for a little while yet that we love all the same. For Review:  Memory: She’s Dying to Remember – Christoph Marzi This one was sent through by Hodder Chidlren’s Books and sounds fantastic. I love a good ghost story so it should be right up my street! Thanks Hodder!  Goblin Secrets – William…