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Like Clockwork by Damien Love

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As the serialisation beings we meet 12-year-old schoolboy Alex who, just before Christmas, receives an old toy robot from his globe-trotting grandfather. It doesn't seem anything unusual but when the old man himself arrives just in time to save him from an attack by sinister little robots Alex begins to realise there's something different, possibly deadly, about his latest acquisition. Fleeing across a snowy Europe, Alex and his grandfather are pursued by assassins both human and mechanical. What is it about the old toy that makes them targets for murder..?

"I would recommend Like Clockwork to those who like their books to be atmospheric, gripping and full of robots and adventure. It treats the reader like an adult regardless of their age and will thrill and chill with equal measure. There have been many books written in recent times that look to address imbalances in literature, often in regards to female characters, and this book does something similar in that takes a member of the older-generation, so often dealt a broad brush-stroke, and allows him to be an exciting and dynamic character, clever, brave and resourceful. It made for a pleasant change from the norm." Floresiensis

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

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