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Fang-tasting

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-20

Do not let this author slip under your radar. Judith O’Reilly is a most skilled writer and producer of the best adventure / thrillers that you could wish for.
North and Fang are a duo that competes handsomely with the classic partnerships of the classics and modern day crime fiction.
Curse the Day romps along at speed and has you hang on to a gripping state of the art breathtaking beauty of a story.

Delightfully Different 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-03-20

You know how you feel when you are looking for your next read / listen and, as if by magic , you stumble on a gem of a book. Well, Robin Sloan’s “Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” and narrator Ari Fliakos gave me exactly what I was looking for. Characters abound in a clever, funny story that had me hooked on every printed word.
Read it and enjoy: listen to it and feel the fun and joy of a modern day winner.

Carver Cuts A Deep Dark Gripping Groove.

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-20

The world is a shady place & Will Carver has found a very clever & hard-hitting way to give us a really challenging novel.
Yes it made me squirm at times, however, the short-sharp narrative kept me hooked to the end.
Try it, stick with it and you’ll certainly remember the experience.

No Maybes - this is so good!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-10-19

This is my maybe best audible book I’ve listened to for a long time, a really long time going way back long time.
Author, Anna Burns, had me listening while walking and laughing while getting the notion of how lives were, over the road, over the water in that other country over there.
I’ve told my longest friend, all my book-friends and new found friends that if they haven’t read Milkman yet then they should or listen to it: it’s a great introduction to audible books.
Simply clever, full of observations, full of humour, full of telling it like it is, of the times, of the events, of the gossip and of the suspicions.
Do pick up the Milkman, listen to it’s outstanding narration or even read it while walking why don’t you.

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Start at the very beginning ...... Sanctus and keep going

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-07-19

Many of my Book-Buddies have enthused over Simon Toyne’s novels. Having picked up Sanctus I fully understand their praise. I’m obviously late to the party, however, I can only say that this debut book from 2013 is simply marvellous.
It’s word perfect, throbbing with action and intrigue.
Please allow a late-comer to highly recommend others to get Sanctus and, if you’re anything like me, go get the final two parts of this trilogy.

Elegant writing: profound history with a message for today too.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-19

Four Parts.
Six Years.
A lifetime.
Many lifetimes.
Another wake-up call.
Not just a story of an individual, but a sharp reminder of the past & present plight of so many.
A wonderful adventure story crammed with fear, hopes, violence, vibrant characters, history from 200 years ago and the current-day need to end intolerance that still lingers in society.

East of Everywhere

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-19

Yes, this book is from an unfamiliar author with an unfamiliar concept, however, stay with the unfolding story. I found myself realising that this was not just East of Hounslow, but East of Everywhere.
Slowly I appreciated that I needed to take stock of my preconceptions. This was done by the clever placement of Jay in a series of his situations, using his eyes and ears to make me think.
The author has done well to earn a place on the book awards shortlist and I’m sure we’ll hear more good things from his pen / keyboard regularly in the future.

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Takes no prisoners or does it

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-05-19

Oh what a wonderful tangled web Helen FitzGerald has woven.
This book talks like real life sounds and the humour seeps ever so cunningly from scene to scene. It’s raw, for sure, however, that is how life rolls.
Case loads and the king-that-is-burocracy will have you laughing & crying.
If you’re a little bit squeamish, hang in through the no-holds barred intro and board the rollercoaster

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A timely wake-up call: the News is not Gospel.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 13-05-19

A great telling of the overlooked & misrepresented stories of Five Women.
A wake up call that popular & widespread reports of occurrences remain as unreliable as those from the 1880s.
The impressive research has been woven into a truly compelling story that has certainly shaken my perception of the life & times of yesteryear and the warming’s for the current day.
A massive pat on the back for this book that will help us all to be less judgmental and learn to filter what we are told.

Ancient & Modern Classic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-19

Sunlight has been shone on my grey recollections of Greek mythology. I was spellbound as the author spun her writing skills producing an excellent book which leads me to search out more such books.
While staying true to the myths many of these intriguing characters are given new perspective.
Screenwriters could take this story and apply it to any era.
Modern. Fascinating. Engrossing.