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Jack Deighton | 52 comments My 2018 Scottish reads.


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Ellen Forkin (ellen_forkin) | 350 comments Mod
Enjoy your reads, Jack :)


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Jack Deighton | 52 comments Living Nowhere
A very good book indeed.
My review is at https://jackdeighton.co.uk/2018/01/14...


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Tarissa (inthebookcase) | 52 comments Great reviews you've written for both titles. Thanks for sharing all about them!


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Ellen Forkin (ellen_forkin) | 350 comments Mod
Jack wrote: "Autumn
My review is at https://jackdeighton.co.uk/2018/03/29..."


Good review Jack, I particularly like Pendant's Corner! I'm undecided whether to give Ali Smith a shot. I keep going to pick up one of her books from the library but always hesitate.


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Jack Deighton | 52 comments The Great Chain of Unbeing
Since I reviewed this for the Science Fiction and Fantasy magazine Interzone (to be published in May 2018) I shall not be posting about it on my blog for about a year.
It was good though.


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Jack Deighton | 52 comments Ellen wrote: "Jack wrote: "Autumn
My review is at https://jackdeighton.co.uk/2018/03/29..."

Good review Jack, I particularly like Pendant's Corner! I'm undecided whether to giv..."


Thanks Ellen but speaking as a pedant; Pendant's corner?
I think Smith may be an acquired taste. I enjoyed her "How to be Both" though.


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Jack Deighton | 52 comments Tarissa wrote: "Great reviews you've written for both titles. Thanks for sharing all about them!"

Thanks for this, Tarissa.


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Ellen Forkin (ellen_forkin) | 350 comments Mod
Jack wrote: "Ellen wrote: "Jack wrote: "Autumn
My review is at https://jackdeighton.co.uk/2018/03/29..."

Good review Jack, I particularly like Pendant's Corner! I'm undecided ..."


Oh the irony! Autocorrect is the bane of my life, almost spurted out my tea when I read it, so funny! Moral of the tale, always double check :) As for Smith, I think I might give her a go...


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Melanie | 103 comments Added Jericho Sleep Alone to my list :) I like the idea of reading of a group of people in Scotland, I have never encountered in other books.


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Jack Deighton | 52 comments Melanie wrote: "Added Jericho Sleep Alone to my list :) I like the idea of reading of a group of people in Scotland, I have never encountered in other books."

Melanie,
Jericho's life in general seems to me not too unlike those of other Scots of the time but the Jewish angle does add a different dimension: like looking at Scottishness through a distorting lens. (Mind you, is there any other kind?)


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Jack Deighton | 52 comments Hame
This is a wonderful book. My review is here:- https://jackdeighton.co.uk/2018/05/02...


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Jack Deighton | 52 comments The Thirteenth Disciple by James Leslie Mitchell

My review of The Thirteenth Disciple by Lewis Grassic Gibbon (writing under his real name J Leslie Mitchell) is at https://jackdeighton.co.uk/2018/05/26...


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Ellen Forkin (ellen_forkin) | 350 comments Mod
Jack wrote: "The Gloaming
My review is at https://jackdeighton.co.uk/2018/06/24..."


Good review, Jack. This has been on my radar as Orkney has many selkie/mermaid stories and I’m interested in new takes on old tales. I was interested by your Scots language comments too - my neighbour says ‘besom’ for women who are nosy, perhaps meddling, but certainly not any more than that. Otherwise, I might have to rethink some of the folk she gossips about! ;)


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Ellen | 87 comments Good review Jack. I've been collecting mermaids since childhood. I'm wondering if there is a book prior to this story that elaborates a bit more on the mermaid legend?


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Jack Deighton | 52 comments Ellen wrote: "Jack wrote: "The Gloaming
My review is at https://jackdeighton.co.uk/2018/06/24..."

Good review, Jack. This has been on my radar as Orkney has many selki..."


Your neighbour's take on 'besom' is the same as mine. No loose morals implied.


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Jack Deighton | 52 comments Ellen wrote: "Good review Jack. I've been collecting mermaids since childhood. I'm wondering if there is a book prior to this story that elaborates a bit more on the mermaid legend?"

Logan's previous novel also had an aquatic setting but didn't feature selkies or mermaids as such.


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Ellen | 87 comments Jack wrote: "Ellen wrote: "Good review Jack. I've been collecting mermaids since childhood. I'm wondering if there is a book prior to this story that elaborates a bit more on the mermaid legend?"

Logan's previ..."

Thanks Jack.


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Melanie | 103 comments Jack wrote: "Ellen wrote: "Jack wrote: "The Gloaming
My review is at https://jackdeighton.co.uk/2018/06/24..."

Good review, Jack. This has been on my radar as Orkney ..."


Interesting review about the Gloaming, I am not going to read it, I really disliked Gracekeepers too much.


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Jack Deighton | 52 comments Melanie wrote: "Jack wrote: "Ellen wrote: "Jack wrote: "The Gloaming
My review is at https://jackdeighton.co.uk/2018/06/24..."

Good review, Jack. This has been on my rad..."


"Interesting review about the Gloaming, I am not going to read it, I really disliked Gracekeepers too much."

I know what you mean. I would say The Gloaming is less derivative than The Gracekeepers, though. Or at least derivative in different ways.


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Jack Deighton | 52 comments Supercute Futures
Millar was born in Scotland so counts for this Read Scotland challenge.
I'm reviewing this book for Interzone 277 - due out in September - so won't be publishing it on my blog till this time next year.


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John R Jack wrote: "Places in the Darkness
My review is at https://jackdeighton.co.uk/2018/09/20..."


Thanks for the helpful review Jack, I keep swithering about this one - I love science fiction and have read and enjoyed most of Chris Brookmyre's books - but have yet to be convinced that I'll like this one.


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Jack Deighton | 52 comments John wrote: "Jack wrote: "Places in the Darkness
My review is at https://jackdeighton.co.uk/2018/09/20..."

Thanks for the helpful review Jack, I keep swi..."


Thanks, John.
I didn't take to Brookmyre's previous SF novel Bedlam but that was mainly due to it being set in a virtual reality - one step too far for me to suspend disbelief. I think he's better when he's writing in the crime area, but even when he's writing those he can stretch belief a bit far.


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Jack Deighton | 52 comments Interrupted Journey
Scottish Book 31 this year. My review is at https://jackdeighton.co.uk/2018/12/16...


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Melanie | 103 comments Well done on all these reads, through you I found that list of 100 Scottish books, I shall tackle a few of those next year.


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Jack Deighton | 52 comments Melanie wrote: "Well done on all these reads, through you I found that list of 100 Scottish books, I shall tackle a few of those next year."

I've got one more Scottish book lined up before the year ends.

I find the 100 list a bit hit and miss - too many crime novels for a start - but there are some gems in there I hadn't known about.


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