The Outcast Hours in LEGO

This is not a review of The Outcast Hours. Well, not really.

I have a story in the collection, which makes it hard as a blogger and reviewer, because I really, really, really want to tell you all about these stories, but then I would be reviewing something I’m involved in, which would be weird.

So instead, I made LEGO stories of my favourite pieces from the anthology. No conflict of interest whatsoever.

This Book Will Find You by Lauren Beukes, Dale Halvorsen and Sam Beckbessinger

This Book Will Find You

Ambulance Service by Sami Shah

Ambulance Service

Blind Eye by Frances Hardinge

Blind Eye

Bag Man by Lavie Tidhar

Bag Man

Gatsby by Maha Khan Phillips

Gatsby

Swipe Left by Daniel Polansky

Swipe Left

Not Just Ivy by Celeste Baker

Not Just Ivy

Above the Light by Jesse Bullington

Above the Light

Welcome to the Haunted House by Yukimi Ogawa

Welcome to the Haunted House

See? I didn’t give anything away.  Now you’re safe to go discover these stories for yourself.

I will say one thing though.

I love short stories. I love how things can go from bad to worse to the very extreme that an author’s imagination can go. And these little snapshots of what goes on during the ungodly hours do exactly that – they up the ante to the next level, going that much further than you thought was possible.

You think Matt in Daniel Polansky’s story Swipe Left is having a bad date. You have no idea how much worse it’s going to get.

Find it on Goodreads. 

 

 

Win a copy of The Outcast Hours

The Outcast Hours, a brand-new anthology edited by Jared Shurin and Mahvesh Murad, officially releases worldwide this week. (Jared and Mahvesh are the dynamic duo behind the highly acclaimed The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories. Read my review here.)
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Mine: a year since publication

It struck me this week that I never posted a blog reflecting on the year that was. I wrote about my favourite reads from the past year, but nothing that touched on my personal highlights from 2018. Yes, it’s February already, but the timing couldn’t be more perfect.

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Beachcombing in South Africa

I didn’t really know I was a beachcomber until I discovered a little book called Beachcombing in South Africa by Rudy van der Elst. The truth is I’ve been beachcombing for years and didn’t know it.

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LEGO book review: The Mystery of Three Quarters

Anyone familiar with this blog knows that I’m an Agatha Christie superfan. I’ve read and re-read all the books. I collect the vintage paperbacks as well as the movie adaptations. I write about her a lot and I get a huge kick out of recreating scenes from her books with LEGO minifigures.
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Mine: seven months since publication

It’s been seven months since Mine hit the shelves and the promotion trail is slowly coming to an end. Time methinks, to share some recent highlights.
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A birthday to remember in Hermanus

The last few weeks have been fairly anxious ones with big changes causing all sorts of disarray in my life. My birthday fell smack-bang in the middle of it all and I was really worried the occasion was going to be undone by stress.

Thankfully, past-Sally seemed to anticipate a weekend of self-care was going to be sorely needed by future me and planned something very special.

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Last few weeks to order the Ultimate SA YA Book Box

To celebrate my birthday and the six-month anniversary of Mine being on the shelves, I’ve put together a curated collection of South African YA books.
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