Author: Nick Jones

A Tiny Feeling of Fear - M Jonathan Lee

A Tiny Feeling of Fear – M. Jonathan Lee

“I want to tell you everything because I’ve never told anyone my secrets before. I’m hoping that being honest with you may just save my life. And perhaps yours.” This quote from the opening pages of M. Jonathan Lee’s third novel, A Tiny Feeling of Fear, is one of many moments in which the central character, Andrew Walker, addresses you, his confidant, directly. Such monologues with the reader can be effective in any book, but when the character in question is in severe personal turmoil, when he is living a lie to his colleagues by day and suffering from...

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Tessa the Tank book cover

Tessa the Tank and the Classic Vehicle Show – Jen Phillips

When I first read the name Tessa the Tank, I instantly thought of another children’s book character with a similarly alliterative name. I’m sure Tessa’s creator, Stoke-based writer Jen Phillips, wouldn’t mind this, as she has stated in interviews that Reverend W. Awdry’s Thomas the Tank Engine was the inspiration for the book. The good news is that while there are several obvious similarities between the two, Tessa does ultimately succeed in having a charm of her own. At just 28 pages long, many of which are made up of illustrations (also by Phillips), Tessa’s story is a short...

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Jumper - Rebecca Scarberry

Jumper – Rebecca Scarberry

There’s a lot to like about Jumper, the first in a series of children’s picture books by Californian writer Rebecca Scarberry. For starters, its hero is rather different from your typical children’s book character. Instead of focusing events around a child or a personified animal, Scarberry allows us to see the world through the eyes of Jumper, a cute red beach ball who is determined to escape confinement in a toy shop and travel to Carnival Castle – a nearby amusement park that Jumper has overheard kids enthusing about. An inanimate object stuck in an enclosure may not sound like fertile...

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Man angry because of Amazon spoilers

Why I don’t read Amazon book reviews

In this blog, I’m going to tell you why I don’t read Amazon book reviews. First of all, this isn’t an Amazon-bashing article. I know many people dislike the corporate giant for various reasons, but that’s not what this is about. Besides, as someone who has self-published a couple of books through Amazon, it would be a little hypocritical of me to rage against that particular machine. No, this is a rant about a specific issue I have with Amazon book reviews (although it also applies to other popular book review sites like Goodreads). I want to talk about one of...

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Bad House book cover

Bad House – Sam West

On the surface, Sam West’s Bad House sounds a lot like Stephen’s psychological horror classic The Shining, but once you get past the central premise – a haunted building that torments its new inhabitants and sends the man of the house insane – the two novels are incomparable. Ian Webster, a successful artist, moves into 29 Aberdeen Road with his wife Holly and six-year-old son Jacob. Despite feeling a negative vibe towards the estate agent and the house itself, he decides to buy it anyway as it is such a bargain. As soon as they move into the property, weird things happen to Ian...

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