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BOOK REVIEW: The Book of Tbilisi Edited by Becca Parkinson & Gvantsa Jobava

We read to experience lives entirely different from our own. If you’ve ever been curious about what it would be like to have grown up and lived in Georgia, this is the book for you. The Book of Tbilisi is an anthology of ten short stories by various authors. Each details the experience of living

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BOOK REVIEW: Ornithology by Nicholas Royle

Years ago, I read Royle’s first collection of short stories, Mortality, and thought him too in thrall to JG Ballard, and if Royle hasn’t totally come out of Ballard’s short story shadow in Ornithology, he does reach more convincingly for his own form and style. In ‘Unfollow’ we get the alienation and anonymity of the

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BOOK REVIEW: The Largesse Of The Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson

I read Angels but the subject matter seemed too familiar. The beautiful losers may as well have been reading Beautiful Losers on the bus. And I gave up on the acclaimed novella Train Dreams. But Jesus’ Son has long been one of my most cherished books. The title is from a Lou Reed song, and the book

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BOOK REVIEW: Disco Sour by Giuseppe Porcaro

In Giuseppe Porcaro’s Disco Sour a major civil war between the different nation states of Europe causes an odyssey of self discovery and battle for democracy. Europe is broken up, only being held together by The Federation, a group of civil societies and local governments. Bastian Balthazar Bux is the lead chair of The Federation

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BOOK REVIEW: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

– Short Review – If there was a book I wished I had discovered or would have been available to me when I was a child it would have been this book. It’s such a wonderful piece of fiction that doesn’t treat its intended audience as a child, in fact I found it quite inspiring.

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BOOK REVIEW: Like a Champion by Vincent Chu

There are moments in everyone’s life where they are faced with a decision. It could be something as simple as wanting people to try your dish at a party or something as important as facing a cheating spouse. In these moments we find the courage to speak up and do something, either to announce how

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BOOK REVIEW: The Demon Dentist by David Walliams

Short Review David Walliams’ Demon Dentist is a spooky story, of strange goings on in a small town. Everything goes wrong when a new dentist turns up and seems too good to be true. But Alfie, who doesn’t like going to the dentist, and his friend Gabz twig what’s going on. This is an excellent

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BOOK REVIEW: I Am Legend – The Folio Society Edition by Richard Matheson

When you decide to read I Am Legend it’s great to have a bit of historical perspective of a literary persuasion which aids in lifting this novel from a generic genre piece into a ‘classic‘ genre piece, and with that in mind, you discover that Matheson deserves all the adoration and praise for such a

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BOOK REVIEW: America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo

What is it exactly that makes a good character? Everyone seems to have an opinion. Plot is not the point, didn’t you know? It’s character. Or, if you want to be pernickety like Hemmingway, you could say ‘that when writing a novel, the writer should create living people, people not characters.’ Ah people, well that

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