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Left of the Bang
Left of the Bang
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the debut novel of a seriously good author. I found it a compelling read, 29 Jun. 2015
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This is the debut novel of a seriously good author. I found it a compelling read, not always comfortable but always interesting. It is one of those books that leave you thinking as much about the themes raised as the characters portrayed. Every character has their own personal 'bang' and often it is their failure to be true to themselves that leads to the explosion. Thoughtful and thought-provoking.


The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal
The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal
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5.0 out of 5 stars Occult horror meets romance, 17 Jun. 2015
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Just finished the latest book by KJ Charles and it is up there with the best of them. Ostensibly a collection of horror stories, it is more a romantic novel exploring, through a serious of mysterious events, the relationship between journalist Robert Caldwell and his colleague the formidable and enigmatic ghost-hunter, Simon Feximal. The story is written in the voice of Robert, a gifted observer of people and atmospheres and a professional writer. That sets the scene for some of KJ Charles best writing yet. It is a story of passion, loyalty and courage in the face of evil, both occult and man-made. The ending hit just the right note and moved me to tears. Despite the title, this isn't a collection of short stores to dip into randomly. It is a well-structured novel that deserves to be read in the order written. Fans of KJ will be familiar with the previously published Caldwell Ghost and the free story Butterflies which start the novel off. The rest of the Casebook is entirely new and the whole is a delight.


Fool's Assassin (Fitz and the Fool, Book 1)
Fool's Assassin (Fitz and the Fool, Book 1)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where was the editor?, 4 April 2015
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I was so disappointed by this. I have read every one of Robin Hobb's books and enjoyed them all until now. But here is a book crying out for a firm and loving editor. The pacing was all wrong. I kept checking my progress through the page count and wondering when the story was going to start. Promising plot threads were introduced but left hanging. Intriguing new characters were introduced but not developed. And then suddenly at 80% the pace picked up, the story got exciting, and then that was the end. Robin Hobb is a fine author, but where was her editor?


Another Place in Time: A Collection of Historical Short Stories
Another Place in Time: A Collection of Historical Short Stories
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable anthology, 3 Oct. 2014
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Great collection of historical gay romance stories, by the top writers in the genre. No duds, all great reads.


Flip to the Rescue
Flip to the Rescue
by Sheila Marlin
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Baby seals in danger!, 1 Oct. 2014
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This is a gorgeous story about an adventurous baby seal who rescues his friend. The pictures are lovely, really well done with lots of animals besides the two seals. The story is told in rhyme, so fun to read out. Boys and girls of around 5-10 who love animals would love this.


Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution
Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution
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40 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 July 2014
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I thought the author was overstating her case until I read all the frantic abuse on amazon.


Think of England
Think of England
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5.0 out of 5 stars Danger and romance in Edwardian England, 2 July 2014
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Warning: don't start this book until you have time to finish. It won't let you put it down. Set in 1904 in a big modern (for the time) country mansion, this has all the intrigue and suspense of a John Buchan adventure but with more heart and a lot more emotional intelligence. The writing is so good it just disappears as you lose yourself in the story. Skulduggery, betrayal, mystery, murder, conflict and love grip you right to the wholly satisfying end. I was delighted to see there will be more stories about Archie and Daniel to come. KJ Charles just gets better and better - and I have loved everything she has written so far.


Never Go Back (Jack Reacher 18)
Never Go Back (Jack Reacher 18)
by Lee Child
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Reacher in philosophical mood, 1 May 2014
This was less testosterone charged than other Reacher books, and while I had no trouble finishing it, I read it over two weeks rather than two days. Some of the philosophical points made no sense ie just because something could go one way or another doesnt mean that the chances are fifty fifty. Not one of the better ones in the series.


Non-Stop Till Tokyo
Non-Stop Till Tokyo
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent well- written thriller, 29 April 2014
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I loved this thriller set in modern Japan. The pace is fast, the main characters are flawed but likeable, and the plotting is intricate. As usual with KJ Charles, the writing is superb. By the end of the second page you are seeing, hearing and smelling the Tokyo railway station setting in which the story starts. Despite the fast pace, there are plenty of gems of description and throwaway insights about language and culture dotted throughout the book, some vivdly drawn secondary characters and plenty of snarky dialogue and inventive swearing. Highly recommended!


The Wake: Man Booker Prize 2014 Longlist Edition
The Wake: Man Booker Prize 2014 Longlist Edition

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the effort, 20 April 2014
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I thought at first this was going to be too much trouble, and kept putting it down after a few pages. It is an effort to read but the archaic spelling and the limited vocabulary are an essential part of the experience. A great story about courage and cowardice, idealism and betrayal, narrated by a man struggling to be the hero his country needs. It made me want to read more about the period. I didn't use the glossary at the end, and sooner or later I mastered all the words just from context. A unique and wonderful story that I will read again.


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