Monthly Archives: August 2015

The Columbus Affair

The Columbus Affair by Steve Berry 2012 / 165 pages read by Scott Brick rating –  A- If you enjoy thrillers with a bit of  historical bent ala Dan Brown (and I did enjoy the first book but never believed … Continue reading

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The Morgesons

The Morgesons by Elizabeth Stodard 1862 / 310 pages (K) rating:  4 / classic US Don’t bother unless you are really interested for some reason other than a good story, well written.  The plot is okay but after that any … Continue reading

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The Game of Silence

The Game of Silence by Louise Erdrich 2006 / 288 pages read by Anna Fields rating –  8 I searched for a book to read for Indigenous Literature Week celebrated at the ANZ LitLovers blog –   I wanted to read another … Continue reading

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Long Way Down

Long Way Down by Michael Sears 2015/ (341 pages) read by David Chandler 10h 35m rating:  A / crime I’m a sucker for economics/financial books like Michael Lewis’ non-fiction Flash Boys or in fiction,  Michael Sears.  Long Way Down is the third … Continue reading

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One Second After

One Second After by William Forstchen Jr. 2009 / 345 pages (K.) read by Joe Bennett Rating 6 / contemp.  dystopian sci-fi My son recommended this one to me (actually,  he gifted me with this and another book!  Yay!   … Continue reading

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Booker Challenge – personal

So what the heck have I been doing posting review after review after review?   Well,  I was on holiday to North Dakota visiting the grandkids for 2 1/2 months so posting was difficult.   So I read and read … Continue reading

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The Green Road

The Green Road by Anne Enright 2014 / 312 pages (K) read by: Alana Kerr, Lloyd James, Gerard Doyle: 9h 45m rating:  8  Back in 1980,  in Ardeevin, Co. Clare 19-year old Dan Madigan told his family he was going to be a priest. … Continue reading

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Satin Island

Satin Island by Tom McCarthy 2015 / 208 pages rating 8 / contemp fiction Tom McCarthy has done it again.  His last novel was a hum-dinger of experimental fiction focusing on war and the letter “C”  in fact,  that was the title, … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Seven Killings

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James 2014/688 pages Rating 9.5 / contemp. fiction –  literary crime/historical Read by a “cast”  (I read and listened to this one) “And if a western needs an O.K. Corral, an O.K. Corral … Continue reading

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The Illuminations

The Illuminations by Andrew O’Hagan 2014 / 305 pages rating – 8 / contemp. fiction Typical contemporary fiction with the frame in today’s world and the interior story (at least one of them) far enough in the past to consider … Continue reading

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A Little Life

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara 2015/ 734 pages Booker nominee Rating –9  (reduced .5 due to the emotional manipulation I felt as it ended).  Malcolm, JB, Wilhem, and Jude have been buddies since college days in the 1970s (I … Continue reading

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A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove by Fredik Bachman (Sweden) 2014/ 364 pages Read by George Newbern 9h 9m Rating – 7.5  (but an enjoyment level of 9) The blurs and reviews generally say “heart-warming” and “life-affirming” and trite as they are, … Continue reading

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