Book Review – THE MASTER OF GO by Yasunari Kawabata

The Master of Go by Yasunari Kawabata

The Master of Go Synopsis : Go is a game of strategy in which two players attempt to surround each other’s black or white stones. Simple in its fundamentals, infinitely complex in its execution, it is an essential expression of the Japanese sensibility. And in his fictional chronicle of a match played between a revered and […]

Book Review – CLOUDSTREET by Tim Winton

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Cloudstreet Synopsis : Two rural families – the Pickles and the Lambs – flee to the city after separate catastrophes. They find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives again from scratch – and for twenty years, they roister and rankle, laugh and curse until the roof over their heads […]

Book Review – STRANGE WEATHER IN TOKYO by Hiromi Kawakami

Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami

Strange Weather in Tokyo Synopsis : Tsukiko is in her late 30s and living alone when one night she happens to meet one of her former high school teachers, ‘Sensei’, in a bar. He is at least thirty years her senior, retired and, she presumes, a widower. After this initial encounter, the pair continue to meet occasionally […]

Book Review – THE GREAT ZOO OF CHINA by Matthew Reilly

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The Great Zoo of China Synopsis : ‘Now, I know what you are thinking,’ Hu Tang paused. ‘You are thinking that there are hundreds of zoos, why does the world need another one? Indeed, what can China do with a zoo that has not already been done before? Ladies and gentleman… this is what we can do.’ […]

Book Review – WHIP SMART, LOLA MONTEZ STARTS A REVOLUTION by Kit Brennan

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Whip Smart, Lola Montez Starts a Revolution Synopsis : A wild and sexy romp through history based on the real-life adventures of the audacious, Lola Montez. In her most flamboyant adventure yet, Lola Montez gallops to Bavaria and on an outrageous dare, seduces King Ludwig I.  The aging royal cannot resist Lola’s fascinating moves as a Spanish dancer, […]

Book Review – BRENNER AND GOD by Wolf Haas

Brenner and God by Wolf Haas

Brenner and God Synopsis : Simon Brenner is an ex-detective who’s now turned to a quieter career as the personal chauffeur for two-year-old Helena, the daughter of a Munich construction giant and a Viennese abortion doctor. One day at the gas station, while Brenner’s attention is turned to picking out a chocolate bar for Helena, the […]

Book Review & Giveaway – THE BITTER TRADE by Piers Alexander

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The Bitter Trade Synopsis : I am Calumny Spinks Between me and the satin blue sky hangs the hempen noose. It has swung there in the faintest of breezes, waiting for me, all my life. In 1688, torn by rebellions, England lives under the threat of a Dutch invasion. Redheaded Calumny Spinks is the lowliest man in […]

Book Review – HOUSE OF ASHES by Monique Roffey

House of Ashes by Monique Roffey

House of Ashes Synopsis : The City of Silk is seething. The corrupt government has been ruling over the people too long and the city is becoming restless. Then one hot evening The Leader, a head of a group of rebels, gathers his followers and tells them: ‘Today, we will be making history. For ourselves, and our […]

Book Review – THIS SHOULD BE WRITTEN IN THE PRESENT TENSE by Helle Helle

This Should be Written in the Present Tense by Helle Helle

This Should be Written in the Present Tense Synopsis : This should be written in the present tense. But it isn’t. Dorte should be at uni in Copenhagen. But she’s not. She should probably put some curtains up in her new place. And maybe stop sleeping with her neighbour’s boyfriend. Perhaps things don’t always work out the […]

Book Review – THE SNOW KIMONO by Mark Henshaw

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The Snow Kimono Synopsis : There are times in your life when something happens after which you’re never the same. It may be something direct or indirect, or something someone says to you. But whatever it is, there is no going back. And inevitably, when it happens, it happens suddenly, without warning. Paris: 1989. Recently retired Inspector […]