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The Eyre Affair

The Eyre Affair Book Review

I picked up this seemingly obscure book, just by the ‘Eyre‘ word in the title. I flipped the book over and was blown away by all the reviews. I have not had this much fun reading a literary novel in a long time. The Eyre Affair is brilliant. It is creative, hilarious & ingenious. “The industrial age had only just begun; the planet had reached its Best Before date.” Jasper Fforde fills his world with inside book lover jokes and…

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The Dark Twisted Truth in Lord of the Flies

The Dark Twisted Truth in Lord of the Flies

Lord of The Flies, by William Golding, forces you to look around and question everything you thought true to human nature. Perhaps, you will not agree to what William Golding shows us. Probably, you will vehemently disagree, but, it is likely that you will surrender to the possibility. The tale revolves around a group of young boys who are stranded on a deserted island during the World War. The boys are barely hitting their teens, some way younger.  Alone on…

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The Lost Key

The Lost Key Book Review

Catherine Coulter’s, The Lost Key, started off full of promise. Though, it is the 2nd book in the series of A Brit in the FBI,  the writing makes it easy to follow. The story felt like a cross between Dan Brown meets some of the earlier fast paced Jeffery Archer books. Then, somewhere after 60% of the story, the book became a series of far fetched coincidences and predictable outcomes. Maybe, I should back up a bit… Many many years ago, in the hidden…

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Dark Clouds

dark clouds phil rowan book review

It is fun to pick up a book from an author you haven’t read before, and get amply rewarded with a a good story. Dark Clouds, by author Phil Rowan, was a chance find. If you like a terrorist chase and not too much heroics, then this book might be for you. Dark Clouds follows journalist, Rudi Flynn, as he manages his sagging career and the demands of being an unwilling spy for his government. He is an American on…

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Legend, Prodigy and Champion

Legend Prodigy Champion Review

Legend, Prodigy and Champion are all that a Young Adult books lover can ever wish for. “Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.” He is just a teenager, but he is one of the most wanted criminals in the Republic. He is a boy from the streets who takes from the oppressors and gives hope to the common people.…

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A Clubbable Woman

clubbable woman book review

It was here, on writersbrew, that ladki kijhy said, if I like murder mysteries I should read Reginald Hill. Sound advice; that I followed. So, I picked my first book following the legendary Dalziel and sergeant Pascoe. The book was Death Comes as an End. Mid way I googled out it was the 23rd book in the series, close to the very end. I enjoyed it enough to venture into the series for a 2nd time. This time I started at…

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Manasseh: A Romance Of Transylvania

manasseh a romance of Transylvania

A veiled young woman, with her advocate and a chaperone, travels across Europe to get an annulment from her tyrannical husband; a puppet in the hands of his avaricious secretary and sly mistress. In comes a knowledgable, enigmatic and aloof stranger who scares the bad secretary away. “If the princess has a woman’s heart in her bosom,” he declares, “she will throw her million away in return for the love of a true man!” I was involved in the story right from their first…

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Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Sword Princess

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Sword Princess Review

While I have a new addition to my family (a puppy!), I still managed to steal away some time to complete the ebook I had already started. So, let me tell you what Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Sword Princess is all about. By the way, don’t be too hard on yourself, wondering how a Sherlock mystery exists that you probably have not heard of before. This was an Amazon recommendation. A mix of classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mystery…

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How sad Tess of the d’Urbervilles makes me

How sad Tess of the dUrbervilles makes me

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy was one of the first ‘grown up’ novels I had read. Picked up from a dusty book case in my grandparents house, this was a book that did not have a murder mystery, nor was it a science fiction nor a Bildungsroman. Mayor of Casterbridge, another Hardy novel, follows in much the same vein. These stories had adults in tough situations, making even tougher choices and more often being unable to make any…

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Vampire Academy : When Dimitri Calls Rose ‘Roza’

I have just completed a marathon read of the 6 books in Vampire Academy series. A young adult fiction series that was highly addicting. Though the books could have done with quite a bit of editing, I don’t feel like complaining because of the fun I had. In the universe of Vampire Academy, there are evil undead vampires (Strigoi) hunting the good mortal vampires (Moroi). Damphirs (half human & half Moroi) dedicate their lives to guard the good vampires. For young teenage damphir…

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