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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
What would you do if you could go back in time and change something?

It's a thesis which has fascinated writers and artists from HG Wells to the 2013 film "About Time". Science fiction is full of it: from Asimov's time-travelling over-controlling perfectionists in "The End of Eternity" to the short story which posed the question: should you stop someone who wants to go back and prevent Jesus Christ from being crucified?

Kate Atkinson is a fine writer who has tackled the issue in a refreshing way. Her likeable protagonist, Ursula, keeps dying and being reborn and left with a sense that, as if fated, she somehow has to act to control her destiny. The… Read more
Freak Brothers Omnibus, The: Every Freak Brothers &hellip by Gilbert Shelton
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% Freaky, 20 April 2014
Good value despite the hefty price-tag, this mighty omnibus really does contain every FFFB story you've ever come across, and tons of others, many in scintillating colour. As with many favourite cartoon heroes, there is a sense here of the authors hitting a plateau then gradually declining in originality and verve from about half-way through; but this may reflect the constant impact of illicit drugs (on the authors - Ed). Fat Freddy's Cat, in particular, is, sadly, seen increasingly rarely as the book wears on. But I greatly enjoyed the series of special editions on the glorious excesses and corrupt practices of Ripoff Press Inc. Perfect.

Buy; put in the loo or by your… Read more
The Rosie Project: Don Tillman 1 by Graeme Simsion
What if all men were like Don, the off-the-scale endearing hero of "The Rosie Project", with his total inability to empathise, his obsession with keeping his own life under control, and his deep-seated anxieties about any kind of interaction with women? What? They are all like that? As the damaged-in-her-own-way heroine Rosie says: "You're no different from every other man I've ever met in objectifying women - just more honest about it."

This is a delicious slow-burner of a book, as we meet Don, Rosie and a strong supporting cast in the opening quarter, then plunge into Don and Rosie's fabulously ill-starred romance through a series of outstanding set-pieces… Read more

Wish List

Band On The Run [2 bonus tracks] ~ Paul McCartney
Diamond Life ~ Sade
Imagine ~ John Lennon
Imagine ~ John Lennon
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida ~ Iron Butterfly
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida ~ Iron Butterfly