Monthly Archives: March 2016

“Pop Goes the Weasel” by James Patterson

James Patterson’s name on the cover suggests a gripping thriller. I reviewed Private Berlin back in November, which I felt was marginally better than this book. We have one of Patterson’s favourite characters Detective Alex Cross investigating a series of … Continue reading

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“Toreadors” by Gela Chkvanava

The cover of this novella suggests a science fiction story like I, Robot or Dr Who and the Cybermen, but it is difficult to see how it relates to the story at all. The story is mostly about two soldiers … Continue reading

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“Love” by Toni Morrison

The sticker on the cover of my copy “Buy 1 get 1 1/2 Price” is rather inappropriate as the book touches on slavery, prostitution and child sexual abuse, and we see on the cover two young African-American girls. Having recently … Continue reading

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“Acid Row” by Minette Walters

I do most of my reading on the metro and on the buses, which I regularly take. When I am at home I am usually distracted by the Internet and other things. This book had me reading at home, it … Continue reading

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“One Man’s Destiny and other Stories, Articles and Sketches 1923-1963” by Mikhail Sholokov

Russia has had four winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature: Brodsky, Pasternak, Solzhenitsyn and Mikhail Sholokov. Sholokov is famous for his novel “And Quiet Flows the Don“. This book is a collection of short stories, essays, letters and other … Continue reading

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“The Interpretation of Murder” by Jed Rubenfeld

This novel is a murder mystery set in New York City in 1909, where new skyscrapers overtake the height of the old and the people see the motor car as a positive step against the pollution of horses (all that … Continue reading

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“Honor” by Elif Shafak

“Honor” spelt the American way, is a book which revolves around an hono(u)r killing; a son (Iskender) killing his mother,  in the UK. This novel is excellently crafted, we know from early in the book it will be about an … Continue reading

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