• Book Review,  Reviews

    More Than This – Patrick Ness

    “Here is the boy, drowning. In these last moments, it’s not the water that’s finally done for him; it’s the cold. It has bled all the energy from his body and contracted his muscles into a painful uselessness, no matter how much he fights to keep himself above the surface. He is strong, and young, almost seventeen, but the wintery waves keep coming, each one seemingly larger than the last.” When Seth enters the water and the cold consumes him, he believes that that is it. His life is over. But when he wakes up naked, bruised and alone, outside his childhood home, he finds that that was not all…

  • Discussion Post

    Favourite books of 2013 so far (January to June)

    So its that time of the year, we’ve hit the halfway point and so far (at the time of writing this post) I have  read 88 books. I am on track to hit my target of 175 but I’m not overly confident I will get there because of certain things going on in my personal life (nothing bad, I’m just trying to concentrate on other things as well as books!) Of these 88 books, I have read some fantastic stories and I thought I’d do a post about my favourites of the year so far. These are not necessarily books that were published this year but many of them will…

  • Discussion Post

    Walker Books Manchester Roadshow 15th May 2013

    I was kindly invited to the Walker Books Manchester Roadshow last week and decided as there are so few events like it in my area I should definitely go; man am I happy I did! I managed to find out a lot about some exciting titles that Walker and Constable & Robinson have got coming up this year, chat to wonderful (and professional) bookish people, meet an author who I have chatted to a fair bit on twitter and meet the amazingly wonderful Hannah over at Walker who keeps my diet of incredible books up and running!  If was such a fantastic event held in the Albert Square Chop House…

  • Interview

    World Book Day virtual tour: Patrick Ness Q&A

    As part of World Book Day on March 7th I was invited to interview Award-winning Author Patrick Ness about writing and his books in general. It was a great chance to find out more about the writing process of Patrick and I want to thank the guys at WBD and Patrick for taking the time to answer these questions:  1. A physical book is a reassuring weight, and you spoke passionately in defence of libraries in your Carnegie Medal acceptance speech. Given the vast growth of digital media, and the increasing ethereal nature of the world in which we live, do you believe that there will always be an “Either/Or”…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness

    “The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. Conor was awake when it came. He’d had a nightmare. Well, not a nightmare. The nightmare. The one he’d been having a lot lately. The one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming. The one with the hands slipping from grasp, no matter how hard he tried to hold on. The one that always ended with-” When the monster turns up Conor is expecting it. What he isn’t expecting however, is for it to be the monster it is. He was expecting the monster from his nightmare, the one that has been terrorising him for months. This monster…

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    The Ask and the Answer – Patrick Ness

    “‘Your noise reveals you, Todd Hewitt.’ A voice –  In the darkness – I blink open my eyes. Everything it shadows and blur and it feels like the world’s spinning and my blood is too hot and my brain is clogged and I can’t think and it’s dark – I blink again.  Wait –  No, wait –  just now, just now we were in the square – Just now she was in my arms –  She was dying in my arms -” Todd and Viola were being chased by a vicious madman. They believe they had outrun him, but they hadn’t. They killed him but it wasn’t enough, for as…

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    The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

    “The first thing you find our when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say. About anything. ‘Need a poo, Todd.’ ‘Shut up, Manchee.’ ‘Poo.Poo, Todd.’ ‘I said shut it.’ We’re walking across the wild fields south-east of town, those ones that slope down the the river and head on towards the swamp. Ben’s sent me to pick him some swamp apples and he’s made me take Manchee with me, even tho we all know Cillian only bought him to stay on Mayor Prentiss’s good side” Todd is the last boy in Prentisstown, a town where everyone has his own Noise – Noise that…