by Nikki Gemmell

At first I struggled with the author's poetic style but it soon became worth it as I began to feel the central character's longing for freedom and discovery and began to experience the heated atmosphere around her. The revelation towards the end of the story made my jaw drop open in shock!


You see I was once snugged up tight within a God-fearing community in a land where the light roared and the sea hurt. But here I am now, out from under the thumb of Him and in a land where the sky's so low it almost brushes the rooftops. Here I am with you, my little tummy-tucked astronaut, and with all these whisperings back in that community that I've killed a six foot two man.


The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter

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