Matthew Batham

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  • The Line of Beauty

    Almost perfect novel

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    This is the kind of novel I would love to have the talent to write. Incredible characterisation, minute observations, socially aware but not preachy.

  • Locke & Key Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft HC

    Don't be a genre snob - this is excellent

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    I gulped this down in a morning. It was an unusual sensory experiece - imagery and words combing to create a stunningly original tale.

  • Brighton Rock (Vintage Classics)

    Compelling, beautifully written and sinister

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    This was my introduction to the wonders of Graham Greene. He tells a compelling story with vibrant use of language and a poetic rhythm throughout.

  • The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Modern Classics)

    Perfect piece of American Gothic

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    I've loved the original film for years and the book was equally as enticing with its intense narration and wonderfully Gothic atmosphere.

  • Haunted

    Uncomfortable read - but great

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    The first story was so 'sick' I couldn't read on for a while, but the writing is so good, I had to go back to it. Be warned, there are parts that will make you physically cringe.

  • The Strain

    Fun vampire romp, but disappointing

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    I was expecting so much more than a basic vampire thriller from a book co-written by the director of Pan's Labrynth and The Devil's Backbone. There was none of the magical relaism, mixture of beauty and brutality of a Del Toro fim. That said, if I had bought it expecting a fun, readable romp with two-dimentional heros and viallain's I would have been a happy man.

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