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's Review No: 48

“It’ll all end in tears and oil.”

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This book is currently available at your local bookseller.

I am a noted enjoyer of books that Gail Carriger writes. I read all of her Parasol Protectorate books for CBR IV way back … [Read More »]

's Review No: 46

And This is the Way the World Ends, Not with a Whimper, but a Circle

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I like social media. It’s nice to stay connected with my college friends who’ve moved around the country and keep in touch with family I don’t get to see often. I even get most of my news through social media. But the one thing that always leaves with a bitter taste in my mouth … [Read More »]

's Review No: 13

Bleak and more Bleak

One of the reasons I won’t hit my goal of books this year is the collection of short stories: Dear Life by Alice Munro which I read six months ago. The writing is terrific, and yet, the stark reality of these stories put me in a funk. Most of us live insignificant lives, the small … [Read More »]

's Review No: 46

A gripping and deeply human look at faith, love and the pressures of being apart. Set among the stars and the collapsing earth back home, this is a stunning read.

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Peter and Bea are a loving couple, spending every moment and thought together as they minister to the congregation that Peter is pastor of. Peter’s past is spotty at best, and he credits Bea for pulling him out of his spiralling issues with addiction and petty theft, replacing it with an unshakeable love for … [Read More »]

's Review No: 45

A fun collection of utter nonsense, framed as the pretentious ramblings of a delusional director.

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace hit me at just the right time, the perfect blend of mocking satire and charming daftness being just what I needed in my last year of senior school. Directed and co-written by Richard Ayoade, it presented itself as the lost tapes of a forgotten 1980’s hospital-horror program, interspersed with talking head … [Read More »]

's Review No: 44

A stunningly odd and absorbing novel that reads like The Secret History as written by David Lynch, as secrets are revealed, sadistic games are played out and dreamlike visions fill a sleepy Finnish town.

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Everything in the small town of Rabbit Back seems to focus on Laura White, a Tove Jansson-esque children’s author whose strange creature-filled books have captured the hearts of Finnish children for generations. The streets of the town are filled with sculptures of her characters, cafés have tables named after her and everyone has their … [Read More »]

's Review No: 12

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

As I read Great Expectations a lot of questions popped up for me. Do people struggle through some of this old language like I am doing? Is this book still relevant, or is it a quaint morality tale belonging to 19th century England? What was Dicken’s own stance on class? And, was Helena Bonham Carter’s … [Read More »]

's Review No: 37

A Gem of a Fable

Paama can cook. I mean, she can cook.

She’s also married to Ansige, a man so gluttonous that he takes eight mules laden with food and two hunters (just in case) on a three-day journey, a man who can eat corn for 20 men and still feel dissatisfied. Ansige is, … [Read More »]

's Review No: 32

An Enthralling Superhero Tale

I am a huge fan of Nick Harkaway – all of his novels have a flow and a magic to them that’s difficult to quantify, but once you start you can’t put it down. One is never quite sure where it’s all going, but it’s such a good read, you figure it … [Read More »]

's Review No: 85

The Jewish immigrant experience in a delightful memoir

Although dubbed a novel, Up From Orchard Street is a memoir in the same way Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes was—honest, poignant, often painful, but filled with the sights, smells and sounds of the immigrant experience. Widmer’s story takes place in New York’s Lower East Side in the ‘30s, where many Eastern European Jews had … [Read More »]