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Book reviews: All My Friends Are Superheroes & Arcanum

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All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman

All My Friends Are Superheroes, by Andrew Kaufman, is an unexpectedly gorgeous romance that cracks your heart, millimetre by millimetre with each page, wide open.

The story revolves around a man called Tom, and Tom is not a superhero. However everyone in his life, including his wife, is. At their wedding his wife, the Perfectionist, is hypnotised by her jealous ex so that she cannot see Tom and the story follows Tom as he aims to become visible to his wife once again.

This book is only 108 pages long, and it can be read in one sitting, but don’t be lulled into thinking that it is an easy read. The pages sing to you like no book I’ve read in a long while does, but the real challenge of the text comes in just how rapidly Kaufman has you bare your own soul. This is a book that you can sit on the bus crying to and not care at all.

When you buy this book, and I hope you do because it will bring a lot to your life, you’re not just buying one copy – you’re buying every present that you want to give people until you’ve run out of friends and family to give it to. Especially with winter coming, this book will encourage someone you care about to make a big warm cup of something, snuggle down, and allow them a few hours of raw escapism.

Arcanum by Ann Mann

Arcanum is an Irish tale, a story of friendship, buried deep within folklore and the supernatural. It follows Silas Murphy and Clodagh Trevor as they go in search of their friends who are part of a troupe of Irish dancers.

The further the pair delve into a mystery that the police can’t solve, the more weird and wonderful events happen –  and much like the Harry Potter series it is wrapped up in ancient symbolism that really engages you.

Irish heritage is something that is so wide reaching that its positive influence extends all around the globe. The culture of Ireland is something that endlessly fascinates the world, and I believe that this book can not only introduce people who have never previously explored Irish supernaturalism to it, but also it will be a wonderful reminder of years gone by to those with Irish heritage.

It’s a story of strength in the face of danger and the unknown, but it is not all easy going and as the book proceeds you’re tossed and turned at every twist making it difficult to put down. There is something for everyone in this book, and it will definitely keep you company in the cold, long winter nights that are on their way.

This book was incredibly entertaining even for someone like me with a limited knowledge of the subject matter. Everyone needs a little magic in their life and Arcanum can bring that.

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Dominic Stevenson
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