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Blog Tour Review - Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Blog Tour Review - Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky To fix the world they first must break it further. Humanity is a dying breed, utterly reliant on artificial labor and service. When a domesticated robot gets a nasty little idea downloaded into their core programming, they murder their owner. The robot then discovers they can also do something else they never did before: run away. After fleeing the household, they enter a wider world they never knew existed, where the age-old hierarchy of humans at the top is disintegrating, and a robot ecosystem devoted to human wellbeing is finding a new purpose. There is so much to love in Service Model, but one of the things I most love about it is the peculiar blend of charming innocence and insightful cynicism. Uncharles the domestic robot is such a simple soul (though he would state that he has no soul and this is an inaccurate description). He approaches the end of the world with optimism and hope, or whatever equivalent to these emotions h

Review - The Red Gloves by Catherine Fisher

 Review - The Red Gloves and Other Stories by Catherine Fisher

Two step-brothers share one nightmare; red gloves that reach for your throat; a changing room where a stranger asks to swap lives with you; and who is the ghost in the rain? An expert storyteller weaves nine spells. Fear mixed with wit, heart and magic.



I love this new short story collection from Catherine Fisher.

Each of the short stories in this collection sets up something mysterious, creepy and magical. Some are based on her previous writing, some draw on classic fairy stories with a distinctive twist. They're all clever and perfectly sketched in a short space. And then they generally do something that I absolutely adore in short stories, they leave it all deliciously unresolved. 

Magic doesn't have to be explained. We don't need to know how we got onto this path, or even what lies at the end of it, when the journey is so thrilling and exciting. There's something to be preferred about this approach to having everything neatly tied up. It leaves so much to the imagination.

And that's what The Red Gloves and Other Stories does so well, it sets off all of these sparks in the imagination and then leaves them to fizzle and burn. 

A wonderful collection.

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The Red Gloves and Other Stories by Catherine Fisher is out now, published by Firefly Press

I was given a review copy in return for an honest review.

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