Category Archives: 3.5 star review

“Cell” by Stephen King

“Like cheap whiskey, it’s very nasty and extremely satisfying.” wrote Stephen King describing his 53 rd book and 44th novel, “Cell“. Cellphones are everywhere these days and that is the cornerstone of this apocalyptic horror story. As he usually does, … 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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“News of a Kidnapping (Noticia de un secuestro)” by Gabriel García Márquez

“News of a kidnapping, no matter how painful, is not as irremediable as news of a murder, and Hernando breathed a sigh of relief. “Thank God.” he said, and then changed his tone: “Okay. Don’t worry. We’ll see what we … Continue reading

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“Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million” by Martin Amis

This was a rather grim read, as the title might suggest.   This book looks in some detail at the massacres of the civil war, the famine of 1922, the collectivisation of agriculture and the dekulakisation, which ended in the … Continue reading

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“Dead Famous” by Carol O’Connell

 “Only in America. I love this country. If you want fame, and you want it fast-well, then you’ve got to kill somebody. That’s the American way.” Ian Zachary (p135) This is apparently the seventh Kathy Mallory book, Kathy is a … Continue reading

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