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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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Short story: <i>The Guardian</i>



I’m the guardian of this place.

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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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Short story: <i>Golden</i>



Through a golden haze, as terrible as the sun and as potent as a sealed garage full of petrol fumes, that’s how I see my future.

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Short story: <i>My Kingdom</i>



He turns his face up toward the sun, and lets the warmth cascade down him like water, getting deep into the wrinkles that cut up his skin.

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Book blog: The guide to <i>The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy</i>



Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy*, the idea for which initially came to him while lying drunk and penniless in a field far from home, grew from a modest radio program into stage shows, a trilogy of five books, a television series, a computer game, a comic book series, a series of towels, a Hollywood blockbuster, and re-adaptions for radio—and, of course, a fabulously successful worldwide phenomena.

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Short story: <i>Invitation</i>



Wearing a mask and reeking of gin, the old sailor rolls crocodile tears down his face over the real tattooed ones.

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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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Short story: <i>Alleyway</i>



It’s my turn to go in now.

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Book review: <i>'Salem's Lot</i> by Stephen King



The second novel of Stephen King—the phrase “classic seventies horror” isn’t necessarily a bad thing!

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Short story: <i>The Swamp</i>



Not so far from here, there’s a town that’s horseshoed by swamp and marshland, weighed down by dark undertows, strangled by deep roots from the mangrove trees that thrive on the blood and flesh of lost souls and shades.

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Short story: <i>Billy's Girl</i>



Weasel stood at the bar. His nose pointed to a mean tip like the end of a switchblade, and his eyes had a natural narrowness about them like he had a perpetual cigarette jammed in his mouth and the smoke kept smarting at his eyes.

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Short story: <i>Happily Ever After</i>



“Cinderella,” Tess Darcy spat, “Is possibly the stupidest story in the world.”

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Día del Patria


The whole school... with Kaleb hiding out on the left up the back.

The 14th of September is a big deal here in Nicaragua - so big, in fact, that the street we live in is named after it. It's Nicaraguan independence day or some such the like, so that means that in the lead up there's a lot of flag waving and performances and other excitingly patriotic occurrences.

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Short story: <i>The Phonecall</i>



It’s getting dark. I’ve probably been sitting here now for a couple of hours and I don’t think that I can move because the idea of getting up and getting out means that I would have to figure out what to do next and I just don’t think I can do that.

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Book review: <i>Choke</i> by Chuck Palahniuk



Ever wondered about the motivations of a screwed up sex addict with a penchant for making people feel needed and a need to be loved? Choke is a tale of addiction, mothers, best friends, faking the eighteenth century, and weird doctors—with a little bit of religion thrown in.

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Short story: <i>The Village Store</i>



- Oh my god... Harry? Help me, somebody DO something, somebody HELP me PLEASE, HAROLD, NO!

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Children's Story: <i>Pinkie Doo And The Diamond Pattern Sock</i>



Pinkie Doo was very worried.

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Book review: <i>Mostly Harmless</i> by Douglas Adams



Here it is, Mostly Harmless, the final book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy trilogy... as Douglas Adams neatly ties up a huge confusion of space-time anomalies. In the best way it could possibly be done.

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Short story: <i>Where's Laura?</i>



She’s calling me. I can hear her, like a bell. I know that people talk of bells tolling and voices being clear as a bell, and it’s something of a cliché, but I can hear her voice like a bell because that’s how it sounds when she laughs.

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