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The Secret Place by Tana French
The Secret Place by Tana French
4.0 out of 5 stars Buddy Buddy, 27 Aug 2014
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Dual narrative thriller/ detective mystery with one narrative telling the story of the crime and the other the story of the investigation.

Unhurried and detailed, the characters are given space and time to be described. The gilrs' school setting, claustrophobic and self contained, is perfect for a whodunnit.

Cop stories- famously in film form- are good vehicles for buddy stories, where two mismatched police officers are unfriendly until the last reel where, after spills and thrills, they become bosom buddies. The investigative half of this book is more or less like this, the other half is its opposite, four close (almost supernaturally close) friends start to lose… Read more
After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry
After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry
3.0 out of 5 stars Flood of Words, 26 Aug 2014
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It would be glib to suggest that the author's desciption at the end of this debut work tells you all you need to know about the book : "Sarah Perry...spent her childhood immersed in classic literature...She completed a PhD in creative writing...under the supervision of Andrew Motion...she lives in Norwich." Glib but not completely untrue.

"After Me Comes The Flood" reads more like a long poem than a novel, with little interest in characterisation or plot; the author sometimes seems to be indulging in a creative writing exercise, swapping between first person and authorial voice narration, underlining words, leaving long gaps in the passages (eg p164.)… Read more
Dean Spanley [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Jeremy Northam
Dean Spanley [DVD] DVD ~ Jeremy Northam
5.0 out of 5 stars Shaggy Dean Story, 28 July 2014
Lord Dunsany is one of my all-time favourite authors. Ever since I bought a battered copy of the Lin Carter edited collection of his early short works, "Beyond The Fields We Know", way back when, I have loved his fantasy stories.

Dunsany was a gifted and accomplished writer, successful as poet and playwright in his lifetime, but it as a short story writer that he is remembered today, and he was extremely prolific in this form of writing. A great "ideas" author, it is surprising more of his fiction hasn't been adapted into film. A story where ghosts of cricketers past gather in the evenings to play matches again predates "Field of Dreams" by several… Read more