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“A Hero of Our Time” by Mikhail Lermontov

I struggle with Russian classics, maybe because I’m reading them in translation I miss out on the beautiful prose of the original. I wasn’t enamoured with Dostoevsky, neither Crime and Punishment nor The Idiot, I have yet to tackle Tolstoy and … Continue reading

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“Nutcase” by Charlotte Hughes

I don’t think I am the intended audience for this novel. When I picked it up in the used section of Prospero’s Books in Tbilisi, I read a quote on the front cover from Janet Evanovich (who?) suggesting it is a … Continue reading

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“Ratner’s Star” by Don DeLillo

This is a load of bat guano. “There’s a whole class of writers who don’t want their books to be read. To express what is expressible isn’t why you write if you’re in this class of writers. To be understood … Continue reading

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“E” is for Evidence by Sue Grafton

There is possibly a whole alphabet of these books now. This was the first I’ve read and probably the last. It is the story of a Private Investigator, caught up in what seems to be an insurance fraud but turns … Continue reading

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“The Song of the Quarkbeast” by Jasper Fforde

I passed him a glass globe from my bag…. “It runs off sarcasm,” I said, handing it to him. “Great,” he replied, and the globe lit up brightly. That was on page 32, it went downhill after that. A quarkbeast … Continue reading

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“Aleph” by Paulo Coelho

I’m never  sure what to expect with Paulo Coelho. Some of his books I’ve really enjoyed like “Veronika Decides to Die” and “11 Minutes“, others I hated like “The Valkyries”. The first book I read by Paulo Coelho was “The … 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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