Monthly Archives: August 2016

“The Lazarus Trap” by Davis Bunn

The novel begins with the protagonist, Val (Valentine Haines) in jail with temporary amnesia, bleeding from a head wound. As his memory slowly comes back, he discovers the world thinks him dead and he is being framed by his nemesis … Continue reading

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“Forever Odd” by Dean Koontz

This is the second book by Dean Koontz with the protagonist, Odd Thomas, a fry cook who can communicate with the dead, in the fictional small town of Pico Mundo, California. I haven’t read the first but I have read … Continue reading

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“Dark Reflections” by Samuel R. Delany

This wasn’t what I was expecting. I picked this up at Tbilisi English Book Swap, a monthly meeting of English speaking bibliophiles in Tbilisi. I had heard of Samuel Delany and imagined this would be a science fiction story. It … Continue reading

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“An Unkindness of Ravens” by Ruth Rendell

A Wexford Mystery, this is classic Ruth Rendell mystery with Wexford joining the dots to come up with the murderer. When a neighbour’s husband goes missing, Wexford initially thinks it merely a case of him going off with another woman, … Continue reading

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“The History of the English Language” by Brigit Viney

English is a mongrel language. A language from the fringes of Europe that came to be the international language by default. This is the story of English from its beginnings and its ancestors to its future. A fascinating story also … Continue reading

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“Carte Blanche” by Jeffery Deaver, a James Bond 007 novel

I haven’t read a Bond novel since I was a teen, and then it was only those written by his creator, Ian Fleming. Since Fleming’s death in 1964 many writers have written adventures for Bond. Jeffrey Deaver’s volume is much … Continue reading

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“Moll Flanders” by Daniel Defoe

Would I recommend this book? Defo!! (sorry couldn’t resist) I read this after The Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss Everdeen and Moll Flanders are both feisty heroines, who  overcome almost impossible odds just to survive. “Moll”, whose true name is never … Continue reading

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“The Wimpy Kid: Movie Diary” by Jeff Kinney

This book is different to the rest of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series in that it is about how they made a movie out of the book. There are still the cartoons and notebook style font of the … Continue reading

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“The Sound and the Fury” by William Faulkner

I’m glad I’d previously read “Light in August” by William Faulkner or I’d have given up on this. It is worth sticking with it, but it is hard work. There are four parts told by different narrators. The first is told … Continue reading

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“Look at the Harlequins” by Vladmir Nabokov

Many writers and book reviewers highly rate Nabokov. “Lolita” is often in various top ten lists of 20th century novels. I have no wish to read “Lolita“, I have had my fill of psychological obsession with “Love in the Time … Continue reading

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