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text 2017-12-22 09:00
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 8: Hanukkah - Spin the Dreidel
The Hidden People - Alison Littlewood
One Night in Winter - Simon Sebag Montefiore
The Beguiled - Thomas Cullinan
Under A Pole Star - Stef Penney

Since I´m sick for the rest of the week and with the upcoming Christmas days, I have a whole lot of spare time do a lot of reading (and watching the second season of The Expanse). So I decided to spin the dreidel for the Hanukkah task. To whittle down my Willoughby book club TBR, I have choosen four books that the people from Willoughby have send to me.


נ (Nun) - The Hidden People by Alison Littlewood

ג (Gimel) - One Night in Winter by Simon Sebag Montefiore

ה (He) - The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan

ש (Shin) - Under a Pole Star by Stef Penny


And the dreidel says:



ה (He) - The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan


At a girls boarding school in Virginia, the pupils lead sheltered lives. When an injured soldier, wounded in the civil war, is found in the woods nearby and taken in to recuperate, the girls fall immediately under the spell of this charming stranger. But soon his presence unleashes something dark and dangerous in all of them ...


I have to admit, that sounds really good.


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photo 2015-12-06 04:44
Zombie Apocalypse! Acapulcalypse Now (Zombie Apocalypse! Spinoff) - Stephen, Littlewood, Alison Jones

Book Depository | Galaxy Bookshop

Amazon | Amazon UK 


Sunday Afternoon Reads! I felt like something a little different today, and since I've never read a zombie novel before, 'Acapulcalypse Now!' by Alison Littlewood, seems like it will fit the bill quite nicely!


It's a spin off from the well know 'Zombie Apocalypse!' series started by Stephen Jones. I'm not exactly sure what I'm getting myself into, but it does sound like it's going to be a hell of a lot of fun!


The Hotel Baktun is an exclusive vacation complex that is about to open on the coast of Acapulco, Mexico. Owned by a mysterious multi-millionaire businessman, it is shaped like an ancient Mayan pyramid and its halls are lined with rare and expensive artefacts.


For Stacy Keenan, the hotel’s new Head of Security, things are already chaotic as the locals continue to put the finishing touches to the festivities while VIPs begin to arrive for the grand opening. When a Russian cruise ship turns along the shore and disgorges its cargo of flesh-eating zombies, the guests and staff soon fragment into various factions as they struggle to withstand the spread of HRV (Human Reanimation Virus).


As the armies of the dead conquer all that stand before them, and the human survivors prepare for a final battle against an unstoppable enemy, a horror even more ancient and terrible is revealed when ‘The Death’ comes to Paradise..


Civilian Reader has a great excerpt as their website here!


Hope everyone is having a delicious weekend...



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review 2015-03-21 00:00
Path of Needles
Path of Needles - Alison Littlewood When an expert on fairy tales is called in to consult on the investigation of bizarre murders, her premonition and insight causes suspicion; she must solve the case--and fast--to prove her innocence.

Alice Hyland is an expert on fairy tales--lecturing on the well-known stories and their lesser-known variants--and the natural choice for Police Constable Cate Corbin to consult when a dead girl is found in the woods dressed up as Snow White. Especially when the girl's grieving mother receives a parcel containing a glass bottle of blood stoppered with the dead girl's toe. Cate's boss, Detective Superintendent Heath, isn't convinced of the connection to folklore until a second girl is found, this time dressed as Red Riding Hood and with claw marks gouged into her flesh, like a wolf had been at her.

As she dives deeper into the case, Alice beings to sense a supernatural pull connecting her to the murders. A series of uncanny events seem to be pointing her in the right direction, but she's not the only one noticing; By the time a third girl is found in the local castle, Heath begins to wonder if their fairy tale expert knows too much, and Alice finds herself no longer an asset, but a suspect. But she can't stop following the clues, and her determination to solve the mystery herself and prove her innocence may lead her somewhere she can't return from...

Easy read with an interesting concept and the variants on well know fairy stories were interesting. But I just didn't get along with this at all.

It is difficult to mix the supernatural with crime/police procedural and this just didn't work for me. I found it hard to believe that two unconnected people living within the same area would have academic knowledge of the same subject.

Also the ending was silly and perplexing, are we meant to believe that the murderer was rewarded with exactly what he wanted...?


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review 2014-12-19 00:00
Path of Needles
Path of Needles - Alison Littlewood I won this book from Goodreads and Hachette Publishing. This was my first time reading a Littlewood book. I actually enjoyed the fairy tale theme. I thought it was a nice mix of mystery and fantasy. I am defintely going to read her first book A Cold Season and I look forward to checking out what else she writes next. I think as she evolves as an author and polishes her stories a little more she'll be a really good author!
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review 2014-11-27 09:32
Path of Needles - Alison Littlewood

This book had an interesting premise - a killer posing his victims to represent the girls from fairy tales, but these are the old versions, "red in tooth and claw". No happy endings here!


A young policewoman eager for her first big case tracks down a local expert (how convenient!) who can point out the tiny discrepancies in the staging, which may or may not be deliberate clues.


Some of the characters were well written, but sadly most of the interesting stuff happens to people on the periphery. The motive for the killings is a bit woolly but then the killer isn't exactly sane so we'll let that one slide.


The real problem is the climactic scene, though. It's a bit... dull.


Not a bad read, but don't expect to be enchanted!

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