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The Abominable by Dan Simmons

Published: 2013 by Sphere My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “This altitude is not of this world, I think dully. We humans are not meant or evolved to be up here, I think, with some small sense of panic … Continue reading

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MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood

Published: 2013 by Bloomsbury My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “How many others have stood in this place? Left behind, with all gone, all swept away. The dead bodies evaporating like slow smoke; their loved and carefully tended homes … Continue reading

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White by Marie Darrieussecq

Translated from the original French by Ian Monk Published: 2003 (English translation by Faber and Faber, 2005) My copy: Bought secondhand in paperback Memorable quote: “The absent horizon, lifted away from the ground. The ground and sky now uncertain. But … Continue reading

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Dark Matter by Michelle Paver

Firstly, I must apologise for my unannounced hiatus from book blogging in recent weeks: I’ve been extremely busy with some major projects for my work and I’ve also been away staying my with in-laws (who live in a rather wonderful, … Continue reading

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Ice by Anna Kavan

First published: 1967 (Peter Owen paperback 2006) My copy: Borrowed from the Library where I work Memorable quote: “I felt a fearful sense of pressure and urgency, there was no time to lose, I was wasting time; it was a … Continue reading

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The Rose Crossing by Nicholas Jose

Published: 1997 by The Overlook Press, Peter Mayer My copy: Borrowed from the Library where I work Memorable quote: “He must be careful not to forget that the traveller was a scholar first and last, a dreamer who could not … Continue reading

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One Day The Ice Will Reveal All Its Dead by Clare Dudman

First Published: as Wegener’s Jigsaw 2003 (Penguin edition 2005) My copy: Bought secondhand in paperback Memorable quote: “I imagine the ground beneath my feet shifting slowly. What is the point in fighting for territory if that territory moves? The thought … Continue reading

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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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Cherry: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard by Sara Wheeler

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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