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Martin MillarMartin Millar is a critically acclaimed Scottish writer from Glasgow, now resident in London. He also writes the Thraxas series of fantasy novels under the pseudonym Martin Scott. The novels he writes as Martin Millar dwell on urban decay and British sub-cultures, and the impact this has on a range of characters, both realistic and supernatural. There are elements of magical realism, and the feeling that the boundary between real life and the supernatural is not very thick. Most of them are set in Brixton, Millar’s one-time place of residence. Many are at least semi-autobiographical, and Love and Peace with Melody Paradise and Suzy, Led Zeppelin and Me both feature Millar himself as a character. As Martin Scott his Thraxas novels are a fusion of traditional high fantasy and pulp noir thrillers. Thraxas won the 2000 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. There are maps and excerpts at the Thraxas website. Here’s Martin Millar’s website.



The Good Fairies of New York

The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar

Martin Millar’s writing is consistently funny and entertaining. And while The Good Fairies of New York is upbeat and comedic, it also has a layer of tragedy that the author manages to juggle and incorporate seamlessly. The pace is quick and precise so that by the time you’re laughing or crying over a particular scene, you’re already on to the next one.

Millar manages to thrown in a lot of disparate elements in this novel (rock music,

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Lonely Werewolf Girl: Addicting

Lonely Werewolf Girl by Martin Millar

Lonely Werewolf Girl is a thick, intimidating tome but when you actually start reading, it goes down smoothly. What stands out most in this novel is Martin Millar’s writing style. Not only does he use simple language and set a quick pace, but his chapters are very short and most of them end on just the right beat. Millar doesn’t spend much time describing unnecessary details, instead focusing on the motivations, action, and dialog of the characters. Millar is someone who manages to break the “show don’t tell”

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