Digging up Mother: A Love Story – Doug Stanhope

digging up mother

Casual comedy fans will be forgiven for not having heard of American comedian Doug Stanhope. This hard-drinking, hard-talking comedian has never had a hit TV series, doesn’t appear on panel shows, and would never get his material broadcast on the … Continue reading

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The Girl in the Spider’s Web – David Lagercrantz (Translated by George Goulding and Based on Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series)

the girl in the spider's web

Remember a few years ago when Nordic crime novels were all the rage? We couldn’t get enough of them, and rightly so, the books in the limelight at that time were very good. Arguably the most popular crime novels of … Continue reading

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A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms – George R.R. Martin

Set roughly one-hundred years before the events of A Game of Thrones, the first installment in George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, A knight of the Seven Kingdoms tells the story of a young … Continue reading

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Stoner – John Williams

Stoner

At the time of writing, it’s 02:50 and I should be in the land of nod. Instead I’m sat here at my computer desperately trying to find the right words to describe how John Williams’ novel Stoner has shaken me … Continue reading

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The Trial – Franz Kafka

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Franz Kafka’s The Trial is a book I’ve been meaning to get around to reading for a while. Over the years I’ve heard promising things about it and the fact that it has become common parlance to describe something that … Continue reading

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream – Hunter S. Thompson

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a short book that took me ages. It’s characters were on crack, cocaine, and smack. It was funny, fast, and outrageous. I wrote this limerick after immediately after finishing the book. I don’t know … Continue reading

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Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes (Edith Grossman Translation)

Don Quixote

As of 2015, it has been 400 years since the final half of Don Quixote was published by Miguel de Cervantes in 1615. The first half was published in 1605 and was well regarded by its readers who would be … Continue reading

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The Last Wish – Andrzej Sapkowski

The Last Wish

Am I the only one who can sometimes feel intimidated when stepping into a whole new fantasy world? It can be off-putting to pick up a new book and delve into an entirely new world whose lore, mythology, and culture … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

Well, well, well, a review of a classic Christmas book just seven days before Christmas day, aren’t I the professional? In all serious though, not only is A Christmas Carol the best Christmas themed piece of media ever, it may … Continue reading

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Money – Martin Amis

Money is the root of all evil, money makes the world go round, money talks, money swears, money can’t buy happiness, money can buy comfort, money buys freedom, money can’t be escaped, money is a note in your pocket, a … Continue reading

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