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Book Review – SOCIALPUNK by Monica Leonelle

Book Review – SOCIALPUNK by Monica Leonelle

Socialpunk Synopsis Ima would give anything to escape The Dome and learn what’s beyond its barriers, but the Chicago government has kept all its citizens on lockdown ever since the Scorched Years left most of the world a desert wasteland. When…

THE EYRE AFFAIR by Jasper Fforde, Book Review

THE EYRE AFFAIR by Jasper Fforde, Book Review

The Eyre Affair Book Synopsis There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of ‘Jane Eyre’. In this world there…

FLATLAND A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott, Book Review

FLATLAND A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott, Book Review

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions Synopsis Classic of science (and mathematical) fiction — describes the journeys of A. Square and his adventures in Spaceland (three dimensions), Lineland (one dimension) and Pointland (no dimensions). A. Square also entertains thoughts of visiting…

Book Review – SNAP The World Unfolds by Michele Drier

Book Review – SNAP The World Unfolds by Michele Drier

SNAP The World Unfolds Synopsis SNAP, a multinational celebrity TV show and magazine, is the holy grail for Maxie Gwenoch. When she snags the job as managing editor, she’s looking for fame, fortune and Jimmy Choos. What she finds is a…

Book Review – TANCREDI by James Palumbo

Book Review – TANCREDI by James Palumbo

Tancredi Synopsis : Tancredi was born on the same day that scientists discovered a new star. It was so small it had gone unnoticed for millennia. Stargazers named it Surprise, in the spirit of a little astrological joke. On closer inspection…

Book Review – THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins

Book Review – THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games Synopsis Every year, twelve boys and twelve girls are chosen to take part in the Hunger Games. Watched by the entire nation, this is action-packed reality TV at its most exciting – and most dangerous. Katniss Everdeen has…

Book Review – THE ARRANGER by L J Sellers

Book Review – THE ARRANGER by L J Sellers

The Arranger Synopsis The year is 2023 and ex-detective Lara Evans is working as a freelance paramedic in a bleak new world. She responds to an emergency call and is nearly killed when a shooter flees the home. Inside she…

THE TINY WIFE by Andrew Kaufman, Review: An absolute gem

THE TINY WIFE by Andrew Kaufman, Review: An absolute gem

The Tiny Wife Synopsis A remarkable short novella, a modern fable that is weird, uplifting and romantic all at the same time – from the author of All My Friends are Superheroes. A flamboyantly-dressed man enters a bank, and proceeds to…

Jigs & Reels by Joanne Harris, Review: Delicious dark humour

Jigs & Reels by Joanne Harris, Review: Delicious dark humour

Jigs and Reels is international bestselling author Joanne Harris’ first short story collection. Jigs and Reels Synopsis: Each of the twenty-two tales in this enchanting collection is a surprise and a delight, melding the poignant and the possible with the…

THE SUMMER WE CAME TO LIFE by Deborah Cloyed, Book Review

THE SUMMER WE CAME TO LIFE by Deborah Cloyed, Book Review

The Summer We Came To Life Synopsis Every summer, Samantha Wheland joins her childhood friends—Isabel, Kendra and Mina—on a vacation, somewhere exotic and fabulous. Together with their mixed bag of parents, they’ve created a lifetime of memories. This year it’s…

THE TIGER’S WIFE by Tea Obreht, Book Review

THE TIGER’S WIFE by Tea Obreht, Book Review

The Tiger’s Wife Synopsis ‘Having sifted through everything I have heard about the tiger and his wife, I can tell you that this much is fact: in April of 1941, without declaration or warning, the German bombs started falling over…

ANTHEM by Ayn Rand, Review: Moving anthem for individualism

ANTHEM by Ayn Rand, Review: Moving anthem for individualism

Rand’s Anthem is a short but moving exploration of the power of the words ‘we’ and ‘I’. It shows how taken to the extreme on mass each of these words can evoke singlemindness leading to oppression that could prove disastrous to mankind.

Book Review – SKIPPY DIES by Paul Murray

Book Review – SKIPPY DIES by Paul Murray

Paul Murray had attempted to explore so many deep concepts in Skippy Dies and I’m just not sure he quite pulls it off. Although undeniably impressive, the goal may perhaps have been a tad lofty?

This novel operates on many levels, many of them in very dark places of the human psyche. Everything is put under the microscope — the themes of ‘coming of age’, differences between men and women, right and wrong (ethics), perception versus reality, love versus dependence….. with an undercurrent of existentialism.

BELLWETHER by Connie Willis, Book Review: Charm & ingenuity

BELLWETHER by Connie Willis, Book Review: Charm & ingenuity

Connie Willis’s short novel Bellwether is a wonderfully intelligent romantic comedy.

Researchers Dr Sandra Foster and Dr Bennett O’Reilly, with specialties in fad/trend analysis and chaos theory respectively find themselves thrown together in the chaotic and fad driven HiTek Corporation. They are your classic fish out of water. Add to this melting pot an infuriating admin assistant (sorry, interdepartmental communications liaison), a 60+ page simplified grant funding application form and a flock of sheep and you have ample fodder for comedic moments.

The Alchemist, Book Review: Paulo Coelho’s beguiling novel

The Alchemist, Book Review: Paulo Coelho’s beguiling novel

Santiago’s search for hidden treasure is presented as a metaphor for life.
Coelho introduces the concept of one’s Personal Legend, or destiny. Appealingly though, this destiny is not presented as something that will simply fall into one’s lap, but something one needs to strive for. Too often in this inspirational genre readers are given the impression that if we simply wish for something long enough with the purest of intentions, then that wish will come into being. This simple tale reminds us that anything worth having must be worked for and that one does not gain in life without first risking loss. We are also reminded that treasures can come in the form of both material objects and experiences.