Book Review – THE ROOM by Jonas Karlsson

The Room by Jonas Karlsson

The Room Synopsis : Funny, clever, surreal, and thought-provoking, this Kafkaesque masterpiece introduces the unforgettable Bjorn, an exceptionally meticulous office worker striving to live life on his own terms. Bjorn is a compulsive, meticulous bureaucrat who discovers a secret room at the government office where he works–a secret room that no one else in his office […]

Book Review – CAIRO by Chris Womersley

Cairo by Chris Womersley

Cairo Synopsis : At 18, Tom escapes ordinariness in small town Australia for Melbourne and a flat in a strange block named Cairo. There he meets the magnetic Max Cheever, and is drawn into his circle of bohemian artists and dreamers. But soon Tom is ensnared in a plot to steal a million dollar Picasso masterpiece. Among […]

Book Review – ONLY THE ANIMALS by Ceridwen Dovey

Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey

Only the Animals Synopsis : In a trench on the Western Front a cat recalls her owner Colette’s theatrical antics in Paris. In Nazi Germany, Himmler’s dog seeks enlightenment. A Russian tortoise once owned by the Tolstoys drifts in space during the Cold War. In the siege of Sarajevo, a bear starving to death tells a […]

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 – THE CURSE OF THE LONESOME MARINER by Mark David Green

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The Curse of the Lonesome Mariner Synopsis : Harry Straight doesn’t want any complications in his life. Recently divorced, he’s about to set sail on a small boat along England’s south coast in order to reconcile with his estranged father. The last thing Harry needs is the responsibility of a mischievous and unpredictable beer-drinking dog called […]

Book Review – A FORTUNATE LIFE by A B Facey

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A Fortunate Life Synopsis : Born in 1894, Albert Facey lived the rough frontier life of a sheep farmer, survived the gore of Gallipoli, raised a family through the Depression and spent sixty years with his beloved wife, Evelyn. Despite enduring hardships we can barely imagine today, Facey always saw his life as a ‘fortunate’ one. A […]

Book Review – THE BLACK HOUR by Lori Rader-Day

The Black Hour by Lori RaderDay

The Black Hour Synopsis : For Chicago sociology professor Amelia Emmet, violence was a research topic-until a student she’d never met shot her. He also shot himself. Now he’s dead and she’s back on campus, trying to keep up with her class schedule, a growing problem with painkillers, and a question she can’t let go: Why? All […]

Book Review – NAVIGATIO by Patrick Holland

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Navigatio Synopsis : Navigatio tells the story of Saint Brendan of Clonfert, a sixth century monk and adventurer, and his legendary quest for the Isle of the Blessed via a gauntlet of monsters, devils, angels, prophets and beautiful maidens. Brendan’s battles with the sea and the cosmos bear out what William Faulkner once called ‘the human heart in […]

Book Review – THE EDISON EFFECT by Bernadette Pajer

The Edison Effect by Bernadette Pajer

The Edison Effect Synopsis : Inventor Thomas Alva Edison is a ruthless businessman, intent on advancing General Electric and beating all rivals like Nikola Tesla and Westinghouse. Edison has agents in place in Seattle but he’s come himself in pursuit of a mysterious invention lost in 1901 in Elliott Bay. When Edison asks for information, few […]

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 – 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 […]