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Literary Fiction

East of Nowhere – Robert Chalmers

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September 1, 2018

Unconventional 

I came across this book quite by chance in a general store that didn’t typically sell books, so I was already in the mood for something unique and off-the-wall. East of Nowhere is a book that introduces characters that are bizarre, situations that are damaging and a lifestyle that…


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Fantasy Literary Fiction

The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break – Steven Sherrill

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September 1, 2018

Humanisation

The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break, is a wonderfully original story full of imagination, sadness and humour. We are introduced to the Minotaur, who over the last five thousand years has gone through a steady humanisation transformation. Various aspects of his previous being still exist, like the bovine features and…


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Fantasy

The Sword of Goliath – Anthony Jones

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August 30, 2018

Eternal

Anthony Jones has created a wonderfully imagined take on the angels versus demons story, with a Herculean task to recover the Sword of Goliath, one of the enchanted weapons of God. This is a book of supernatural fantasy that embraces the bloodline of angels and the seemingly eternal fight…

Nonfiction

The Assassination of Robert Kennedy – Tim Tate & Brad Johnson

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August 27, 2018

If you enjoy reading historical non-fiction events that are embroiled in a conspiracy, then this would be a book I would recommend reading. With the wealth of information and the plethora of opinions as to what occurred on that fateful night June 4th, 1968 in the Ambassador hotel, I…


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Romance

The Artisan Heart – Dean Mayes

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August 27, 2018

Attachment

We all have the genres that appeal to us and those that don’t. So I lifted this romance woman’s fiction book (the publisher’s definition) as a request and armed with my sword and shield ready to repel any notion of across the room glances, that immediately saw two people…


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Fantasy Young Adult

Avaland – Amy Croucher Rose

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August 24, 2018

Magical

Avaland is an all-embracing fantasy that is so beautifully written that you are completely engrossed in a set of adventures in a magical realm. The storyline follows a well-adopted recipe made most famous by JK Rowling in Harry Potter. In Avaland, Charlotte is the unexpected teenager destined to play a…


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Crime Thriller

Safe – D. Ray Thomas

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August 15, 2018

Calamity

This is the fourth book in the ‘Take It Back’ series by Ray Thomas and in many ways, I wish it was the first. I feel Ray has really found his rhythm in this book and his writing is less tongue-in-cheek. It is more considered in its approach towards…


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Crime Thriller

The Statistic – D. Ray Thomas

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August 15, 2018

Minatory

I really enjoy reading Ray Thomas’s short stories of the vigilante Douglas Gage. It is clear that Ray enjoys his storytelling and the experience he’s giving the reader. The narration is told in the first person and his style is often to take a short detour and engage the…

Literary Fiction

A Ladder to the Sky – John Boyne

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August 13, 2018

Machiavellian

John Boyne has this exceptional ability to place words on a page with such soul and meaning, that immediately you are totally immersed in a delicately unwinding story. Nothing is forced, everything flows naturally. The characters are developed with marvellous believability whilst illustrating intriguing relationships and entertaining dialogue. The…

Childrens

Penguins Success – Mia Samovich

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August 12, 2018

The Penguin Success is an inspiring book portraying a positive message of triumph over adversity with a feel-good ending that children will love.  Offering an overview of how real life doesn’t run smoothly or go to plan where at some point we all face adversity and rejection.  The key…

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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