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A Single Light by Tosca Lee

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September 17, 2019

Tosca Lee and her team behind her, have honored me again. The team sent me an advanced reader copy through NetGalley of “A Single Light,” and I want to take a moment to thank everyone involved for their generosity; it means a lot to receive such a treat.

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A Life in the Age of Pompeii by Charline Ratcliff

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September 17, 2019

Imagine a moment in your life when you feel that someone did something wonderful for you, and your life changed for the better. Can you do it? It’s not an easy thing to ask someone to search back into their mind to do. If you did figure out such…


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Older Brother – Mahir Guven

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September 12, 2019

Chilling

In a highly politicised world, Older Brother is a painfully intense tour de force of fractured hearts and minds. An outstanding novel that is chilling in its capacity to foretell violence, and anxious in its observation of how hardships and marginalisation are propagated amongst hard-working and under-appreciated people. What seems, just,…


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Childrens Fantasy Literary Fiction Young Adult

Jake the Lucid Dreamer – David Naiman

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September 9, 2019

I was contacted by David Naiman to read his book “Jake the Lucid Dreamer,” and I picked it up on Kindle Unlimited. This book is not a very long novel, but I found for the size, it packs a serious emotional punch.

I know when I was a young…


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Horror Literary Fiction Science and Technology Science Fiction

Cadaver Dog – Doug Goodman

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September 2, 2019

I do not usually talk about this, but I am a zombie-fiction-a-holic. Oh, yes, I do love my zombie books. ‘I’ve loved them for years, and I think they are probably one of the best parts of sci-fi and dystopian fiction when done well.

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Literary Fiction

Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Strout

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September 2, 2019

Betrayal

Olive Kitteridge is a Pulitzer Prize Winner for fiction, which is breath-taking in its beauty and eloquence. The structure of the novel is 13 episodic stories, which provide a candid and searching insight into a small community in the coastal town of Crosby in Maine. It would be unfortunate to…


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Night Boat to Tangier – Kevin Barry (by Barbara)

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August 29, 2019

Kevin Barry believes in an economy of words. I love the concept and Barry has embraced it to the core for this novel. As a college professor, I constantly pushed this on my students, who thought more was better. I recently saw Barry (July 2019) in Armagh, Northern Ireland,…


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Literary Fiction Short Stories

Ten Seconds – Lucian Lupescu

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August 23, 2019

Loneliness

Ten Seconds is a collection of ten Flash Fiction and Short Stories that grab moments of life that have meaning and emotional pull. The stories start at an occurrence of birth, journey through episodes of flash memories as a child, a teenager, an adult, married, in a career and end…


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The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

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August 17, 2019

Guilt 

The Kite Runner is an emotional and immersive story of friendship that is amplified with its spotlight on society and culture within Afganistan – both past and present. The story relates to the lives of two boys, Amir and Hassan, growing up in Kabul and narrated through the eyes of…


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The Tiger’s Wife – Téa Obreht

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July 27, 2019

Duality

The Tiger’s Wife is an outstanding ambitious book of depth and meaning that draws links between a troubled aftermath in a war-torn region with the backdrop of superstition and myths. There is a theme adopted throughout the book that opposing positions are regularly confronted, such as modern technology and medicine,…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

Founder of The Reading Desk, supporting readers, authors, publishers and book industry. Top Reviewer on Amazon, Goodreads, and NetGalley peter@thereadingdesk.com

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