Tag Archives: 19th century setting

The Voyage of the Narwhal by Andrea Barrett

First Published: 1998 (Kindle ed. 2012 by Fourth Estate) My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “Do you ever feel this in your travels out west? That all the unexplored parts of the world are closing their doors; that so … Continue reading

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The Terror by Dan Simmons

Published: 2007 by Bantam My copy: Bought in paperback Memorable quote: “The blue flame in his chest had burrowed towards his heart like some alien entity, lingered like a disease, and centered in him as an almost unwanted core of … Continue reading

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Armadale by Wilkie Collins

Every Friday, in Brushing off the Dust, I revisit one of the many older book reviews written before I founded this blog. Here, I try to prioritise those titles that have really stayed with with me, or which have shaped … Continue reading

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Drood by Dan Simmons

Every Friday, in Brushing off the Dust, I revisit one of the many older book reviews written before I founded this blog. Here, I try to prioritise those titles that have really stayed with with me, or which have shaped … Continue reading

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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell

Every Friday, in Brushing off the Dust, I revisit one of the many older book reviews written before I founded this blog. Here, I try to prioritise those titles that have really stayed with with me, or which have shaped … Continue reading

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To the Ends of the Earth: A Sea Trilogy by William Golding

Every Friday, in Brushing off the Dust, I revisit one of the many older book reviews written before I founded this blog. Here, I try to prioritise those titles that have really stayed with with me, or which have shaped … Continue reading

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On the Proper Use of Stars by Dominique Fortier

Translated from French by Shelia Fischman Published: 2010 by McClelland & Stewart My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “As for me, I have gone to the end of the Earth, I have fallen into the void where there are … Continue reading

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Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch

First Published: 2011 by Canongate Books My copy: Borrowed from the Library where I work Memorable quote: “We’d taken cover but I swear it looked at me. Straight at me with a demon bright red grin. Gave me the chills. … Continue reading

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Gillespie and I by Jane Harris

First Published: 2011 by Faber and Faber My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “We adult females do not weep quite as often as some novelists would have you believe; we tend to be made of sterner stuff.” Thoughts: This, … Continue reading

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The Whore’s Asylum by Katy Darby

First Published: 2012 by Penguin My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “I have often considered that the attraction of any prison for idle visitors must be one with that of the bedlam and the graveyard; the fortunate fact that, … Continue reading

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