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Book Review – The Cutting Edge

The Cutting Edge by Jeffery Deaver (Hodder & Stoughton) ISBN 9781473618749 I felt like I was walking through a maze. When I thought I’d found the way I realised I had not. The Cutting Edge is cleverly written using interesting diverse characters to portray the story.…

Book Review – The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (Penguin) ISBN: 9780141388663 Seventeen-year-old Alice Prosperine and her mother, Ella, have spent most of Alice's life on the run. They always seem to be a step ahead of the bad luck that follows them. Alice's grandmother, Althea the reclusive…

Book Review – Winter

Winter by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton) ISBN: 9780241207031 Last year I raved about Autumn, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, but I think Winter is even better. It is the second book in Smith’s seasonal quartet. She writes with humour and psychological insight and is…

Book Review – What A Great Idea!

What A Great Idea!: Awesome South African Inventions By Mike Burton (Jacana) ISBN 978-1-4314-2427-6 What A Great Idea! is about inventors and how their inventions have impacted our world. The book is targeted at people who are interested in our ever progressing world. It depicts…

Book Review – The Force

The Force by Don Winslow (Harper Collins) ISBN: 978-0-00-822749-4 Stephen King describes this book as “mesmerising” and “a triumph”. I don't agree with Mr King. This book just isn't my cup of tea. It took 100 (long) pages before the story really started for me. Set…

Book Review – The Square And The Tower

The Square And The Tower by Niall Ferguson (Allen Lane) ISBN: 9780241298985 ‘Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power’ is the subtitle of this history lesson, in which Niall Ferguson examines our societal structures for evidence of towers (hierarchies) and squares (networks) and where…

Book Review – After The Fire

After The Fire by Henning Mankell (Harvill Secker) ISBN: 9781910701775 Fredrik is 70 years old and has retired to his ancestral home on a remote island in the Swedish archipelago. Awakened suddenly one night to discover his house is ablaze, he somehow manages to escape…

Book Review – The Song Rising

The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury) ISBN: 978-1-4088-7972-6 I have loved the Fantasy Fiction genre since I was a young tween reading The Hobbit because it transports you to other dimensions and worlds where anything can happen. The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon does…

Book Review – Under Glass

Under Glass by Claire Robertson (Umuzi) ISBN: 9781415209707 Claire Robertson is a South African novelist and this, her third novel, gives a view into a colonial life in Port Natal during the 1800s. Mrs Chetwyn must bear a son. If she does not, the sugar-cane…

Book Review – Future Home Of The Living God

Future Home Of The Living God by Louise Erdrich (Corsair) ISBN 9781472153357 The world is falling apart. Evolution has ceased and everything is going backwards. Global warming has changed the climate and nothing is as it was before. Vegetation is changing into unrecognisable fruit and…
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