Book Reviews


The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove – By Christopher Moore Book Reviews

The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove and Practical Demonkeeping I’ll write about these two together as my comments apply equally to both short books. These books were recommended to me after a call out over Facebook for something light to read (I’d just finished a whole bunch of quite heavy books in a row and needed to renew my faith in humankind and literature) ....

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Angelmaker – by Nick Harkaway Book Reviews

The premise and storyline(s) of this book are a little fractured and initially kind of hard to put together. Basically, some sort of clockwork automaton was created and could destroy the world. The main character who is a specialist in clockwork gets caught up in the whole mess of the bad guys getting hold of this object because of involvement of long dead family members....

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The Lies of Locke Lamora – by Scott Lynch Book Reviews

The commendation on the front of this first novel was from George R Martin so that gives you a little hint of the genre we’re talking about. It has a little bit of the feel of Tits  and Swords… Ahem I mean Game of Thrones…. In that it’s setting is a sort of fantastical version of Europe in the Middle Ages (historical feeling but with...

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Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet – By Jamie Ford Book Reviews

This story (fiction) is set in Seattle during the Second World War and chronicles a friendship between a Chinese boy and Japanese girl during which the girl and her family, along with the better part of the Pacific Northwest Japanese-American population, is imprisoned in the internment camps created to “protect” America from the “threat” of Japanese spies. The author creates a rich context for the...

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The Professor and the Madman – By Simon Winchester Book Reviews

The full title is “The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary” This quick little read describes the known lives of the two main, and several supporting, figures in the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary – a monumental work that spanned 70 years. Far from the ho-hum drum lives you might expect of academics,...

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Where’d you go Bernadette? By Maria Semple Book Reviews

The story in this book is told via a narrative by Bee, the daughter of Bernadette, and communications (emails, letters) between other characters which fill in the blanks and round out the various perspectives. The story is set in Seattle and digs into Bee’s somewhat odd family and their surroundings. Despite having a workaholic father and anxious agoraphobic mother, Bee thrives at her fancy middle...

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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn Book Reviews

After the clever twisty plot that was “Gone Girl” I perhaps had elevated expectations of this book. Sadly it didn’t deliver. The protagonist is a mediocre reporter who has to go back to her stagnant little hometown to report on two murders of young girls. Although there were a few decent twists it’s mostly a sad account of the protagonist’s personal, struggles with self mutilation,...

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