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All the Pretty Horses (Border Trilogy Book 1)
All the Pretty Horses (Border Trilogy Book 1)
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Six Stars, 13 Nov. 2012
I'm not going to try too hard on this. It's one of the best novels I've ever read. It has the density of literary weight yet the emptiness of life itself. I'm sure the guy's a poet at heart, the way the phrases play and the spaces are used.

Six stars.


Carter Beats the Devil
Carter Beats the Devil
Price: £4.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Magical, 16 Aug. 2012
This book is magical. Excuse the pun! It opens with a young boy learning tricks and that in itself is pure genious. Carter is destined for a life that's fascinating, but it fascinated me that he found tragedy so early on. There's romance, history, imagination, misery and bouncing back to keep a reader interested. It's a fairly long work, but it flashed by for me.
There's a wonderful parallel between illusions and the apparent magic of science which had me thinking about the way our world has moved on so far in such a short period of time.
This is the kind of tale that has the roller-coaster energy as such greats as The Count Of Monte Cristo.
Highly recommended.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time: Vintage Children's Classics
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time: Vintage Children's Classics
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book, 15 Aug. 2012
A story of a young autistic boy as he tells it himself. It's powerful indeed, to feel the thought processes and Haddon has the main character blossom to life.

It's a mystery of sorts, but it's a story about difference and hope and love and perspective that I think anyone would love.

I'd challenge any adult to read this and not be completely engaged.


And the Ass Saw the Angel
And the Ass Saw the Angel
by Nick Cave
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Job Done, 6 Aug. 2012
This is like diving in to the Old Testament and finding a modern (ish) day Job living out a life of misery. There's poetry in the words and God and the Devil slugging it out toe-to-toe. Bleak and old-fashioned and unique to my eyes. Very entertaining prose that has every sentence as a thing of beauty amidst the ugliness of the tale.


The Butcher Boy: Picador Classic
The Butcher Boy: Picador Classic

5.0 out of 5 stars So Darkly Funny, 31 July 2012
This is a great story of a boy on the rails. Or should that be off the rails? He's from a small town in Ireland and his description of it and his upbringing are brilliant. One the one hand the kid's utterly naive (when his ma is taken for psychological treatment he talks of her being taken to the garage to be fixed) and on the other he's capable of the most grotesque of actions in a fairly brutal way. Religion gets a good stick-poking and there's a new visitation to behold as the main character descends into madness. Yes it's brutal, but it's also really funny and almost quaint in parts. Definitely on to read.


Offbeat - A Collection of 12 Quirky Short Stories
Offbeat - A Collection of 12 Quirky Short Stories
Price: £0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Light Relief, 25 July 2012
The author of this collection says at the beginning of the book that he's offering 'light-hearted short stories that don't take themselves too seriously' and that's precisely what he delivers. Good on him, too. Lots of humour and good quality writing to enjoy and you'll be glad you forked out your few pennies on this. My favourite was the opener, about as refreshing a take on an old story as you'll find. Good fun.


Lush Life
Lush Life
by Richard Price
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clocking Off, 20 July 2012
This review is from: Lush Life (Paperback)
It's a long book, that's for sure and I was feeling it by the end.
It's also a very good one.
Eric, bar-manager, and Matty, Detective, are the eyes and ears through which we get to know the Lower East Side, which is written about as if it's the main character in the book. These two are forced together when Eric's barman is shot down with him there. Eric becomes suspect number one when two eye-witnesses finger him.
It's a bit like Yiddish Policemen in that it is a crime novel that feels literary and that's no bad thing.
Not as good as the other books I've read by Price but I'm recommending it.


Two-Way Split
Two-Way Split
Price: £1.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Debut daggers, 18 July 2012
This review is from: Two-Way Split (Kindle Edition)
Hard to believe this is a debut. Tight and tense with a set of great characters and a lovely feel for Edinburgh. A robbery goes wrong and there are consequences for more than the villains and the victims in this one. I can't wait to read more of this guy's work. A steal (!!!) at twice the price.


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium series Book 1)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium series Book 1)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't give up..., 18 July 2012
Don't give up on this one. It's worth the hype, I'd say. Not including the first 50 pages which (after a great opening setting) are pretty dull. Get through the first section and you'll be page-turning with eagerness all the way. Get it for the summer hols! Super for the beach or the siesta.


Fifty Shades of Grey: Movie Tie-in
Fifty Shades of Grey: Movie Tie-in
Price: £4.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Grey matter, 18 July 2012
Well, it's not a book I'd usually buy, but I like to keep abreast ('scuse the pun). It's titilating in parts, there's no doubt about it, and titilating enough to get me to the end. It's pretty long, though, and rather repetetive, and I feel like I'm being slightly generous with 3 stars, but so be it.
It is enough to make me want to review books to make sure that less-well selling titles might get some attention.
Not bad, really. And do I need to say it's not for the easily offended conservative taste in terms of material if not in style?


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