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Literary Fiction

Shadow of the Hunter – Su Tong

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3 June 2020

Distracting

I was intrigued with the title Shadow of the Hunter and its reference to an old Chinese tale by Chuang-Tzu regarding the mantis stalking the cicada, unaware of the oriole stalking him. Chuang-Tzu also indicates that he was illegally hunting the songbird with a cross-bow and unaware that the forester was…


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Nonfiction

Buzz Books 2020: Fall/Winter – Publishers Lunch

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2 June 2020

BibliographyI really appreciate and enjoy curated information especially about books and general writing insights. NetGalley is in an excellent position to curate, analyse and promote many books to be published with leading publishers.

Buzz Books 2020: Fall/Winter gives reading addicts the opportunity to see what’s coming from new and favourite authors….


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Historical Fiction

The King’s Beast – Eliot Pattison

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29 May 2020

Seditious

A remarkably immersive and compelling story, crafted with Eliot Pattison’s atmospheric style of vividly portraying historical fiction. Pattison provides fascinating historical detail which he weaves seamlessly into his storytelling to create an outstanding novel. A focal point of his novels is his ability to bring to life the wonderful…


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Fantasy Short Stories

A Whimsy of the World – Amor Towles

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26 May 2020

Well, I want to believe I really wanted to work this afternoon, but Kevin Ansbro insisted I sit in the garden with a cold drink, trying to get sunstroke, and give this irresistible short story from Amor Towles a read. What I would do for a friend, huh!!

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Historical Fiction

The Smallest Man – Frances Quinn

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23 May 2020

Distinctiveness

The Smallest Man is a fascinating story of an unusual man during the 17th-century reign of King Charles I of England. The religious conflict in Europe seemed focused on England and Charles was the King who contributed to England’s descent into civil war. The resulting Interregnum years when Parliament ruled…


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Historical Fiction Literary Fiction

Hamnet – Maggie O’Farrell

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23 May 2020

I came to reading this book as someone who is not a Shakespeare aficionado. I have over the years seen various productions of Shakespeare plays, some wonderful, and some not so much so. I have never held a season’s subscription to a local Shakespeare company, but I am an…


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Crime Mystery

I Made a Mistake – Jane Corry

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21 May 2020

Indiscretion

I Made A Mistake is a slow-burn drama, that is carefully layered and very much in the style of Jane Corry. Having read most of her books, and been a fan for a long time, it is always a joy to read the latest novel from this very talented author….


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Buried – Lynda La Plante

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14 May 2020

Identity

The highly popular, Hall of Fame author, Lynda La Plante, has treated us to another great crime thriller and the start of a new series starring her new protagonist DC Jack Warr. Buried, is a novel that is clever and compelling, and shows the natural ease La Plante has in creating…


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Historical Fiction Supernatural Thriller War

The Four Symbols (Sacred Grounds) – Eric Giacometti

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9 May 2020

Artifact

The Four Symbols (Sacred Grounds) is a World War II thriller set against the shrouded beginnings and growth of Nazi ideology and the pursuit of ancient relics in establishing a new order – a Third Reich. Ancient swastika relics hold importance and deep meaning that foster a new religion and…


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Humour Literary Fiction

Mr Wizard – Jeff Wallach

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5 May 2020

Misdirection

Jeff Wallach’s debut novel, Mr Wizard is a light-hearted and highly entertaining story of family secrets and the adventure of discovering new family connections. The last words Jenny Elliot mentioned to her son Phillip before passing away, was about an Irish golf pro in Ballydraiocht, Ireland. That cryptic message made no…

Peter Donnelly
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