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Review: The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland

Title: The Owl Killers Author: Karen Maitland Series: Standalone Rating: 4 Stars 640 pages Published March 1st 2010 by Penguin Books Bought Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository I don’t often read historical fiction, but when I do, I read novels like The Owl Killers – books backed up with solid research, featuring issues that […]

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Classics Mini Reviews #1

Title: Jane Eyre Author: Charlotte Bronte First Publication: 1847 Jane Eyre starts with Jane’s terrible childhood and the awful conditions she faces at school, until she becomes a governess. Though I’m nothing like her at all, I like Jane. She doesn’t mind following the path others lay down for her, but when that path goes […]

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Review: Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun

Title: Black Moon Author: Kenneth Calhoun Series: Standalone Rating: 4 Stars 288 pages Published January 20th 2015 by Hogarth Review copy received from the publisher Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository What if the world is hit with an epidemic of insomnia? That is the premise of Black Moon, Calhoun’s debut novel. Often called hallucinogenic […]

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Review: The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin

Title: The Stepford Wives Author: Ira Levin Series: Standalone Rating: 3 Stars 135 pages Published July 23rd 2002 by Perennial Read on Scribd Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository Unlike most of my reviews, this review contains hints towards the final revelation in The Stepford Wives. It’s safe to read if you know what the […]

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Review: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Title: The Miniaturist Author: Jessie Burton Series: Standalone Rating: 3 Stars 435 pages Published July 3rd 2014 by Picador Bought Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository There are three reasons I bought The Miniaturist. It was cheap, has a lovely cover, and has a historical setting in Amsterdam – finally a book that features my […]

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Review: Of Things Gone Astray by Janina Matthewson

Title: Of Things Gone Astray Author: Janina Matthewson Series: Stand-alone Rating: 5 Stars 288 pages Expected publication February 3rd 2015 by The Friday Project Review copy received from the publisher Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository Literary fiction has the reputation of being high-brow, inaccessible, and overly complicated. Of Things Gone Astray proves that the […]

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Literary Fiction Mini-Reviews #3

Title: Disgrace Author: J.M. Coetzee First Publication: 1999 Like many post-modern literary novels, Disgrace starts with sex. Professor David Lurie thinks he has everything worked out. Once a week he visits a prostitute, he teaches at the university, and once in a while he talks to his ex-wife or his daughter. An affair with a […]

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Reading Classics: To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

I read this book as part of the Classics Club Challenge – I challenged myself to read fifty classics picked by me in the next three years. To find out more, you can see my list or visit the Classics Club website. Title: To the Lighthouse Author: Virginia Woolf First Publication: 1927 Goodreads To the […]

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Literary Fiction Mini-Reviews #2

Title: The Stranger Author: Albert Camus First Publication: 1942 The Stranger is a short novel written by Nobel-prize winner essentialist-but-not-really Camus. There are a few things you should know about this book. One, it has plenty of philosophical meaning and such, but if you’re not interested in that, the plot isn’t very strong. Two, if […]

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Literary Fiction Mini-Reviews #1

Title: Lolita Author: Vladimir Nabokov First Publication: 1955 From the first sentence, I loved the writing of Nabokov. His prose meanders and substitutes, deceives and describes, tempts and rejects. Purely on the word-level, I think this might be one of the best books I have ever read. Rarely am I this impressed by writing itself. […]

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