Fraser Dallachy

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Under the Dome by Stephen King
Under the Dome by Stephen King
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4.0 out of 5 stars Under the Dome, 24 July 2013
Dale 'Barbie' Barbara, ex-soldier and current short-order cook, has decided it is time to leave Chester's Mill. Through no fault of his own, he has made an enemy of Second Selectman 'Big Jim' Rennie, and life could get difficult if he stays. But Chester's Mill soon finds itself cut off from the outside world by an inexplicable barrier, Barbara finds himself recalled to active duty by the US military, and Big Jim finds the power-trip he has always craved. And since part of what Big Jim craves is the end of Dale Barbara, Barbie's life is indeed going to get VERY difficult.

'Under the Dome' is a book that gathers its momentum on page 1 and then doesn't stop until the very end. For… Read more
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life After Life, 29 Mar 2013
A brilliant book. As always, Kate Atkinson's characters are beautifully realised, complex but consistent as they deal with all life has to throw at them, good and bad. The time-loop style structure of the novel must be incredibly difficult to handle well, but is excellently employed here. There is little feeling of repetition and, instead, it works in the favour of character development, alternative timelines allowing Atkinson to show Ursula and her family from all angles. The central conceit is one most often used on film and television, where time is necessarily limited, and it's great to see it explored more fully and with such thought and emotion in this novel.

In some ways,… Read more
The Lonely Dead by Michael Marshall
The Lonely Dead by Michael Marshall
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lonely Dead, 23 Mar 2013
Following the events of 'The Straw Men', Ward Hopkins has been on the run from the powerful group and one of their most deranged acolytes, the Upright Man. However, when Ward takes the decision to stop running and instead track down the Upright Man, he cannot know that his quarry is doing some very unusual hunting of his own.

Michael Marshall is, thankfully, incapable of writing a run-of-the-mill crime novel, and 'The Lonely Dead' takes the ideas of its predecessor, then develops them and twists them into interesting new shapes. Whilst it remains much more grounded than 'Michael Marshall Smith' novels, the paranoia and strangeness that characterises his writing is as strong as… Read more

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