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High Rise by JG Ballard

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Within the concealing walls of an elegant forty-storey tower block, the affluent tenants are hell-bent on an orgy of destruction. Cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on ‘enemy’ floors and the once-luxurious amenities become an arena for riots and technological mayhem.

"One of Ballard's finest dystopian novels, High-Rise, takes a community of a forty floor apartment block and narrates the collapse of its middle-class British social ethics and morality, evolving into a renascent primal violence fuelled both by the sub-conscious urge to destroy all trappings of modern civilization and create a protectionist, yet isolated, commune." travelswithadiplomat

Jet Black Heart by Teresa Flavin

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Dory is on holiday on the moors with her family when she stumbles across a Victorian walkers' 'letterbox' and a faded message for a boy called Eli. The message opens a slip in time and soon Dory is battling alongside Eli to help save his sister from her cruel father. But is there more to Eli - and his gift of a Victorian heart pendant - than meets the eye...?

"Jet Black Heart is a novel that draws you into its world of past heartaches and new, real terrors. Tread with caution... or you're in for a scare." Sandra Scholes

The Empress of India by Michael Kurland

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Aboard the ship The Empress of India, steaming its way from Calcutta to London, lies a hoard of gold, deep in a special vault in the cargo hold. It is guarded by a detachment of Highland Lancers, and a certain Sherlock Holmes, hired by the Bank of England to thwart any plots by thieves, including the mysterious Pin Dok Low of the London underworld. But when Holmes suddenly disappears, suspicion falls on Professor James Moriarty, also aboard the vessel with his cohort Sebastian Moran. Engaged on a very different assignment, Moriarty nevertheless finds himself at the centre of a diabolical plot. The gold, it appears, is only the tip of a deadly iceberg, and the Professor finds himself matching wits with a mind as nimble as his own…

"I liked the transportation of action from London to India, though most of the action takes place on the ship, and the cast of supporting characters were entertaining and held their own well. Captain Moran in particular was a fun foil to the more reserved Moriarty." Cat Fitzpatrick

You Are The Hero by Jonathan Green

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Jonathan Green’s history of the Fighting Fantasy scores very nearly top marks from me due mainly to two main things. The first is the artwork, the book is crammed with the cover and internal art from all of the Fighting Fantasy books – I don’t think I can express in words how iconic these images are for a generation of fantasy literature fans. It is true, as Jonathan Green suggests that one of the main draws for the series were the monsters and pictures of the monsters that accompanied them; this is true of this book as well. If you have no interest in the history of Fighting Fantasy (hard to believe I know) this book should take pride of place in your collection anyway just for the sheer amount of great fantasy art (sometimes in very different styles) in one volume." Joe Warren

The Getaway God by Richard Kadrey

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Being a half-human, half-angel nephilim with a bad rep and a worse attitude - not to mention temporarily playing Lucifer - James Stark aka Sandman Slim has made a few enemies. None, though, are as fearsome as the vindictive Angra Om Ya - the old gods. But their imminent invasion is only one of Stark’s problems right now. LA is descending into chaos, and a new evil - the Wildfire Ripper - is stalking the city. No ordinary killer, The Ripper takes Stark deep into a conspiracy that stretches from Earth to Heaven and Hell. He’s also the only person alive who may know how to keep the world from going extinct. The trouble is, he’s also Stark’s worst enemy… the only man in existence Stark would enjoy killing twice.

"Overall, The Getaway God had some true Sandman Slim elements and concluded to a degree Stark's Sandman journey, but ultimately it didn’t feel like a cohesive and rounded novel." Fergus McCartan

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