Category Archives: 5 Star Review

“The Discreet Hero” by Mario Vargas Llosa

In 2010 the Peruvian writer, Llosa was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Despite the laureates, this novel is quite  straightforward and even at times has elements of a telenovella. Our discreet hero is Felícito Yanaque, a man who wakes … Continue reading

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“Shoot the Moon” by Billie Letts

“Shoot the moon” is a term from dominoes, where a player tries to win all 7 tricks…a high risk strategy (shoot the moon in dominoes) In California Mark Albright, has a successful and lucrative career as a vet in Beverly … Continue reading

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“White Bones” by Graham Masterton

I knew Graham Masterton as a horror writer, I read a few of his books back in the eighties, when I was more interested in the horror genre. Now, I see he has moved into the crime field but he … Continue reading

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“And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini is a marvellous storyteller. He wrote “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns“. This novel covers over sixty years from the late forties to 2010. He’s great with words and produces images that flow like poetry. The … Continue reading

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“The Passion” by Jeanette Winterson

This is a short book but what it lacks in girth, the book makes up for in substance being rich in language and visual imagery. Having just read Sharpe’s Devil it was a surprise to encounter Napoleon again so soon. … Continue reading

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“Along Came a Spider” by James Patterson

This was the novel that introduced Alex Cross to the world. This is a plot driven book with short chapters, that keeps you turning the pages to find out what will happen. Two children are kidnapped from a top private … Continue reading

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“Matilda” by Roald Dahl

Yes it’s a children’s book, Emma was surprised I hadn’t read it, but then it first appeared after my childhood had finished, unlike “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory“, “James and the Giant Peach” and “Danny: Champion of the World“, which … Continue reading

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“Going Solo” by Roald Dahl

This is the second part of Roald Dahl’s autobiography, the first was “Boy” about his childhood. Now in “Going Solo” we find the young Roald Dahl , fresh out of school with the Second World War looming. Generally, I only like … Continue reading

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“On Immunity” by Eula Biss

A fascinating and topical book about vaccination and inoculation. This is a book by an anxious mother looking into the pros and cons of the vaccination debate and looking at immunity through  history. The cover picture shows Achilles dipped into … Continue reading

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“Fingersmith” by Sarah Waters

This is the best book I’ve read in a long time. A novel set in the criminal underbelly of Victorian England. A “fingersmith” is a pick-pocket. which naturally conjures up images of “Oliver Twist”. Indeed we first see one of the … Continue reading

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