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Book review: <i>Little Altars Everywhere</i> by Rebecca Wells



The Walker family from Thornton, Louisiana, is like any other family—full of love, life, joy, heart-ache, and dirty secrets.

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Book review: <i>Ways of Hearing</i> by Ben Thompson


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If this was a musician, it would be Paul Weller. Note to reader: I know fuck-all about music.

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Book review: <i>The Stand</i> by Stephen King


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In Stephen King’s post apocalyptic America, after the government’s superflu has struck and most of the population are dead, the remaining souls are caught up in an epic battle between good and evil.

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Book review: <i>Empowered</i> by Adam Warren


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If this was soft porn, it would be Buffy the Vampire Layer.

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Book review: <i>The Reader</i> by Bernhard Schlink


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In a generation struggling to come to grips with what the generation before them has done, The Reader is the story of love, betrayal, war, and reading aloud.

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Book review: <i>Rant: An Oral History of Buster Casey</i> by Chuck Palahniuk


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If this was a car, it would be going cheap—a DeLorean someone died in. Pay cash, clean it yourself.

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Book review: <i>1st To Die</i> by James Patterson


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Why do I do it to myself? No, really, why? The only saving grace is that it was over in a couple of hours... oh yes, and I get a kick out of reviewing trash every now and again.

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Book review: <i>A Pinch Of Snuff</i> by Reginald Hill



A rollicking adventure starring Peter Pascoe, about blue movies, dubiously moralled Kinema Clubs, even more dubiously moralled girls, the women’s liberation movement, and whether or not the dentist did it, orchestrated by the fat and brilliant Superintendent Dalziel.

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Book review: <i>The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time</i> by Mark Haddon



When autistic fifteen year old Christopher John Francis Boone discovers his neighbour’s dog, Wellington, dead on the lawn with a gardening fork sticking in his side, he decides to investigate.

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Book review: <i>A Time To Kill</i> by John Grisham


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A Time To Kill is the first novel of John Grisham, written in 1989. And it’s not half bad, if you’re into that kind of thing.

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Book review: <i>Invisible Monsters</i> by Chuck Palahniuk


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In a world where beauty opens every door, can a person be brave enough to be everything they don’t want to be?

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Book review: <i>British As A Second Language</i> by David Bennun


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If this was a restaurant, it would serve Springbok kebabs with a union jack spiked, half-jokingly, into the top.

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Book review: <i>The Shining</i> by Stephen King


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Some people have it, and some people don’t—the shining, the ability to see what others don’t, the ability to commune with spirits... Five year old Danny Torrance has the shining. But will this be a help or a hindrance at the haunted and desolate Overlook Hotel, where the spirits don’t know their place?

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Book review: <i>A Painted House</i> by John Grisham


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A Painted House is the story of cotton farming, baseball, family secrets, poverty, and growing up in Arkansas in the 1950s. A bit of a deviation from your standard John Grisham, but I’m not complaining.

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Book review: <i>From Stockport With Love</i> by David Bowker



If this was a gadget from Q’s laboratory, it would be a flame-throwing bassinet.

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Book review: <i>When The Emperor Was Divine</i> by Julie Otsuka



It’s 1942, and overnight, Americans of Japanese decent are turned from citizens to enemy aliens. This is a circumstance that will change their lives, not just for the duration of the war, but forever.

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Book review: <i>Everything Is Illuminated</i> by Jonathan Safran Foer



If this was made into a film starring Elijah Wood, it probably wouldn’t work very well, because it’s far too good a book. Oh wait, whoops.

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Book review: <i>The Island</i> by Victoria Hislop



A story about the loves, lives and losses of four generations of Greeks; from the fishing village Plaka to London; and the devastating effect of the island off the coast of Plaka: Spinalonga.

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Book review: <i>The Raw Shark Texts</i> by Steven Hall



If this was a meal, it would be a fine Japanese dish eaten with a beautiful returned astronaut.

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