Category Archives: Book reviews

What we’ve been reading

Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

I am obsessed by this author, she can’t publish fast enough. This new psychological thriller Little Black Lies is another brilliant read and one I couldn’t put down! A stand alone book and not about Lacey Flint, the policewoman featured in Bolton’s other books. Little Black Lies is an eerie tale with references to “The […]

zen pencils November 19

Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than

This hefty book collects motivational comic strips from, a website by a talented Melbourne artist. It’s an easy read, but because the comics are meant for pondering, it should not be consumed in a single sitting. How you respond to it will vary, based on how the genre of inspirational comics strikes you. I note […]

French flag with the word "solidarite" November 16

On the solace to be found within literature

Our thoughts are with those who are suffering at this time.

Book coasters is not the venue for suggestions concerning methods of directly helping those affected, although they are many, and Googleable. Instead I’d like to use the skills we have, as librarians, to provide such solace as we can.

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan

Author Vaseem Khan first saw the elephant that inspired The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra during a trip to Mumbai almost 20 years before writing this, his debut novel. We meet the title character, Inspector Chopra, in the modern city of Mumbai  on the day that he is forced into early retirement from the police force. This is […]

welcome-to-night-vale-mini November 11

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Craynor

The first novel from the authors of the world’s most popular podcast is solid work, but they have made stylistic choices which will alienate some readers and enchant others. The plot matters, but, at the same time, it does not matter much. The main characters of the novel are two women, each distorted by their citizenship […]


A middle-aged cop and a teenage girl fall to their death from a high-rise building in London’s East End. The girl had abducted a 5 year old boy. Left behind horrified and in shock on the roof are young PC Lizzie and the child, Ben. Lizzie disappears and Sarah Collins from Police Internal Investigation is […]

The Wine of Wizardry by George Sterling

This book made me rather sad. It convincingly fooled me concerning its unimportance. I really thought that Sterling – about whom I knew nothing – was a skilled, if not particularly great, British Romantic poet, probably strongly-influenced by Yeats. He was a Californian, but his way of writing submerges his experiences in Celtic fog. Given the […]

Hostage – Kristina Ohlsson

Terrorism in the sky!!   A jumbo jet with 400 passengers and crew and the terrorist is the pilot. The jet can’t land unless demands are met. The plane is running out of fuel and America has said the plane cannot land on their soil; attempt to land and the Americans will shoot them down. Swedish police […]

FFY November 01

October Reading Journal – Time for some stereotypical horror

In the last couple of months, most of the books I’ve read have merited full reviews. This month my luck has been poorer. The books I’ve already reviewed at length are: (96) A Wine of Wizardy by George Sterling (101) Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Craynor Books that didn’t get a […]

Dracula October 31

October Online ebook club wrap-up: Dracula

This month we looked at classic horror for our online ebook club. Dracula by Bram Stoker, published in 1896 is a novel that has inspired hundreds of film adaptations, plays and other cultural works. For those that don’t know the story, it follows a group of English men and women, led by an intrepid Dutchman, […]


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