This weeks reviews.




The Love Book.

And we start this week with a beautiful book I actually bought for research, (yeah right) and it’s so much better than I thought it was. Full of the classics, new Poems, Love-letters. This is an exquisite collection of the very best writing on love from the greatest writers in the English language and also includes lesser-known marvels. I’m really glad I bought it.






Barnes and Noble publications of  Dracula. First published in 1897, Bram Stoker established the ground rules for virtually all vampire fiction written in its wake. I love vampire fiction. There I said it. I’m very fussy who writes it, and I don’t read as much as I did, but I do love me some J.R.Ward, and Laurrel K. Hamilton. I can’t help myself.





Fairy Tales from Around The World. 

Andrew Lang’s Fairy Tales from Around The world. Now, I really did buy for research, and Andrew Lang is very well known for his books about Fairies. They are both gorgeous. I highly recommend these as a gift… to yourself.






A Cabinet Of Curiosities. The Little Book of Awe & Wonder.  

This little number caught my eye last week. Be prepared to experience wonder and learning. A celebration of the inspiring, the informative, the weird and the wonderful,  A Cabinet of Curiosities is a delightful book. After my Uni assignment next week. I might actually get to read a novel again. Now…which one…

More books what I bought…



Nobrow, Graphic Novel.

 The lovely book itself is a light-hearted and playful exploration of possible theories of the creation of the universe dreamt up by the contributors themselves. The quality of the paper and the binding is truly lovely. If you are a fan of illustration or even books in general, this is a lovely book to have in the library. You can see some examples of the content on the Nobrow website. I have yet to read this, so watch out for the review. It is amazing in the flesh!

“Faery Tales” by carol Ann Duffy









A stunning gift edition. I bought this mainly for the cover

Faraway lands of wicked witches, evil monsters. Carol Ann Duffy’s stunning collection of fairy tales.

Once upon a time . . . I bought the same book twice!


Penguins deluxe edition of Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights”.

The problem I have working in a book shop is I see all the new editions and new releases and have to own them. Yes, I already have “Wuthering heights”, but look at that cover!

I shall be back with more delights. I’m just piling them up, until I pounce and devour them all.

My recent purchases.


Welcome to my Fantasy and Sci-Fi Book Cafe. Here I will be reviewing upcoming and present book releases and I will include many books that I just had to buy. Which is quite a lot. Here are the first four delights.


The lovely Neil Gaiman has just released two re-imagined fairy tale books. The first is “The Sleeper and the Spindle”, the magical combination of Mr Gaiman with Chris Riddell’s wonderful Illustrations – enhanced with metallic ink: this is a spectacular and magical gift. It’s a real mix of the Sleeping Beauty- Snow White kind of tale.

The next is “Hansel and Gretel”, a visually stunning re-imagining of the classic fairy tale, beautifully illustrated by the award-winning Lorenzo Mattotti. Who better to retell the Brothers Grimm’s greatest, and perhaps darkest, fairy tale? Coupled with breathtakingly haunting illustrations, both books weave a more evocative, dark, captivating story, funny and clever. Gorgeous.


I have to mention I am a huge Neil Gaiman fan and I can rely on any book he writes to deliver the goodies. These books do not disappoint me: I could almost just hold them and be happy. Actually I do, so I am quite happy.

Archangel’s shadows“, Nalini Singh.


From the author of The Psy Changeling series, comes the latest novel in her Guild Hunter series. If you love dark Fantasy books like me then you must read these. I devour her stories, and I can see this one looking at me, waiting for me to read it. Going to be savoured.

The next “Saga” Volume four came into the shop today, and I had to buy it. A fantastic Graphic Novel from Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples.


Brian Vaughan has had a fantastic career and has written for a number of publishers, Vertigo’s “Y: The Last Man” and also wrote for the TV series “Lost”. Fiona Staples is a wonderful, talented artist, I absolutely love her style, and together they have produced one of my favourite Graphic novels.

“Saga” is exceptionally dark and twisted and a dark sense of humour, but a comic that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s very funny but very ‘adult’, so beware! Enjoy.

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