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Unusual Concentrations
Unusual Concentrations
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody good job, Mr Spurrier, 22 July 2017
This book was refreshing in all the right ways. It ticked every box for me: character, pace, humour, self-deprecation...I hope the author has more in the pipeline of this ilk.


Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
by Maria Semple
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, smart and laugh out loud funny, 15 Jan. 2017
This mum and daughter in this book remind me of Loralei and Rory from Gilmore Girls. I love their close relationship and the unconventional lives they lead.

Equally fun are their relationships with the outside world and the quirky but recognisable characters who surround them. The format of the book means you skip along at a fair old pace and this is maintained to the end.

The emotions explored through this story rang true for me and I think it was a clever and perceptive approach to depression and anxiety.

This is one of those books that leaves you in awe of the writer. Well researched, well paced and wickedly funny. Well done!


His Bloody Project: Documents relating to the case of Roderick Macrae (Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2016
His Bloody Project: Documents relating to the case of Roderick Macrae (Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2016
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and detailed, 3 Nov. 2016
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Burnet cleverly allows the reader to play juror as we are shocked by the gruesome historical murders while sympathising with the murderer. I confess that I grew quite attached to Roddy, to the point of disbelieving the evidence.

This book gripped me from start to finish and I applaud both the level of detail and the very humane manner that it's subject was approached.


BrainDead, Season 1
BrainDead, Season 1

5.0 out of 5 stars Fingers crossed for season two!, 13 Sept. 2016
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A winner in every category for us. We loved every minute of this series. It is fresh and funny and smart. Really hoping it gets renewed!


Nod
Nod
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sharp relief, 27 Jun. 2016
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Who needs monsters when you have humans? This book brings to light the precarious line that humans tread every day in their attempts to remain civilised. And it reminds us that we are only ever a few days of sleeplessness away from chaos.

I enjoyed the narrative voice, which was familiar and philosophical, and didn't feel that the pace dropped off at any point. The horror was horrific and the prose was frequently poetic.

Ultimately, this book helped me to marvel at humanity, and the incredible achievement it is to love and work together.


The Highway (Cassie Dewell)
The Highway (Cassie Dewell)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Entertainment, 23 Feb. 2015
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C J Box is a smart writer. He succeeds in combining twists, at just the right pace, with characters that feel real and language that works intelligently. The level of detail and poetic scene-setting raise the book above its peers. I enjoyed every minute of this read.


Under The Skin (Canons)
Under The Skin (Canons)
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4.0 out of 5 stars vulnerable characters and a poet's love of language make this a beautiful novel, 5 Nov. 2014
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Acute observations, vulnerable characters and a poet's love of language make this a beautiful novel. It is filled with strange and unexpected action which falls into a sea of philosophy and exquisite landscapes as untameable as the heroine. I love Faber's unwillingness to compromise, for his belief in truth, however unsettling, over fairytale. This is the kind of book that opens doors but lets you walk through for yourself. Highly recommended.


How To Write Erotic Fiction and Sex Scenes
How To Write Erotic Fiction and Sex Scenes
by Ashley Lister
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Write, 24 Feb. 2013
Character, plot, description, dialogue, publication - this book has clear and practical advice on everything from your first ideas for a story, through research, to submission and everything inbetween. Its style is personable and funny. I actually struggled to put it down.

There are useful exercises throughout which work together to guide you through the writing process and help you to avoid the pitfalls. This book is packed with references to excellent erotica as well as more academic texts. Lister respects his readers and there's the sense that a real wealth of information has been disseminated.

If you are looking to write for the erotica genre, How to Write Erotic Fiction and Sex Scenes will help you to do this in style. If you are a writer of any genre looking for concrete advice on how to put an intriguing, publishable story together, then this book is also for you. A truly inpsiring read.


Quiet Houses
Quiet Houses
by Simon Kurt Unsworth
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleeping with the light on, 23 Oct. 2012
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I remember when I could sleep in the dark. Quiet Houses changed that. This book is unsettling. Its characters are not gullible or naive. The locations are as vivid as they are surreal (the Art Deco hotel in The Ocean Grand, the suburban home in The Merry House). Every scene seems plausible, every reaction believable. The tension is perfectly tuned throughout to give a good balance between breathing and breathlessness. Unsworth's prose is well crafted with some beautiful descriptive passages. The detail is astounding - the only light in a dark room coming from a power extension lead. Again, the plausibility adds to the real tension. My hands were sweating as I approached the crescendoes. His dialogue is natural and his characters individual. This book is a perfect escape, a weekend retreat, and it guarantees you'll think twice next time you hear the house settling in the night.


Mathamagical: An Alice in Wonderland Styled Tale set in the Land of Mathematics (The Ben and Adder Adventures Book 1)
Mathamagical: An Alice in Wonderland Styled Tale set in the Land of Mathematics (The Ben and Adder Adventures Book 1)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting and inspired, 18 Dec. 2011
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Mathamagical will entrance children and grown-ups alike. The adventure story is compelling and the characters lots of fun. Making maths exciting is accomplished in this book by applying problems to the world, by having the characters' fate rest on the ability to solve maths problems. The maths is explained in clear, practical ways which make it relevant and interesting for the reader. This book will help any child feel that they have learned more about mathematics. It will give them plenty of confidence with numbers. At the same time they won't realise they've been learning at all, only enjoying a wonderful adventure. A brilliant book, making numbers less scary. I wish I'd read it when I'd been a child.


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