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Book review: <i>The Widow Waltz</i> by Sally Koslow


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A story about a woman having everything she took for granted pulled out from under her, taking a big hit, and finding a way to get her life back in a way that works.

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Book review: <i>Steplings</i> by C W Smith


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Steplings takes the reader an empathetic journey through the trials and pitfalls of teen years while exploring blended families and the odd relationships bred within them.

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Book review: <i>The Stone Angel</i> by Katherine Scholes


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How do you know it's going to turn out exactly as you think it will down to the last painful ellipses? Probably the proud "international bestseller" label, partially covered by the "$2 Kmart" pricetag. Redeeming feature? It was purchased by someone else.

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Book review: <i>Blaze</i> by Richard Bachman


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A slow man, a dead man, and a baby - Blaze is a soft-pseudo noir novel with a little crime and a big personality, discarded then resurrected by Stephen King.

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Book review: <i>The Dead Zone</i> by Stephen King


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Stephen King examines themes of predestination, fate, love and evil in his classic fifth novel, The Dead Zone.

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Book review: <i>The Summons</i> by John Grisham


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A disappointing and not overly enthusiastic delve into a relationship between a father and two sons... the struggles, sadness, selfishness, and attempts to do what's right.

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Book review: <i>Homecoming</i> by Caren Gussoff


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Katey Bruscke is deliberately lost, running away from her home town to try and find something else. But when her older sister is killed and Katey is the one the police call, she is compelled back to her home town, where the tragedy and love story that is her family is played out.

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Book review: <i>The Business</i> by Iain Banks



Who doesn’t love a good corporate culture, big-business-against-the-underdog-who-discovers-high-ranking-conspiracy yarn? Well, The Business is sort of like that. But different. While it may not be Iain Bank’s finest, it sure beats The Firm

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Book review: <i>A Thousand Splendid Suns</i> by Khaled Hosseini



Afghanistan, in my mind anyway, marched its way out of near obscurity back when America declared war on it back in 2001. Previous to that I’m sure that I had heard of it, but not in any meaningful way. What I particularly enjoyed about A Thousand Splendid Suns was the loose history lesson it provides, and the way it creates a sense of dimension and identity for a nation of people who have suffered much hardship. Not only that, but the fame of the previous novel, The Kite Runner, has guaranteed that the story of Afghanistan is going to be passed around a much wider audience than it previously had in its long and recently brutal existence.

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Book review: <i>Bangkok Tattoo</i> by John Burdett



Who could resist the title, really? And I'll be the first to admit, I selected this one based purely on the exciting bright yellow dust jacket and equally funfilled hot-pink stripe down the spine. We all have to judge a book by it's cover now and then. And this one certainly wasn't the unmittigated disaster other such judgements have been. I certainly wasn't unhappy to have selected it, and it was rollicking and funfilled and I really enjoyed to plot, but threre was something fishy about the actual writing techniques that I found difficult to reconcile with.

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