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And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None has been hailed by critics as Agatha Christie‘s masterpiece.  She herself has mentioned that And Then There Were None was one of the most difficult novel to write, owing to the difficulty of the plot. Published in 1939, And Then There Were None, brought forth a new form of mystery thriller, one…

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Horrorstor

Horrorstor, a novel by Grady Hendrix, is about a haunted furniture store called Orsk.  Hendrix describes Orsk as an all-American furniture store in Scandinavian clothing; a blatant Ikea copycat.  Orsk employs thousands of “partners” in over a hundred branches all over the United States – big boxy identical buildings with huge labyrinthine showrooms designed to…

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Guilty Pleasures in Reading

I talk about guilty pleasures on here a lot when I describe certain books I’ve read.  Just what exactly is a “guilty pleasure?” Different people will have different definitions of their ‘guilty pleasures.’  What may be a guilty pleasure for some, may be  the norm for others.  It all depends on your personal preferences and how…

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It’s Monday….

…so what am I reading?  The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scot Lynch. It’s strange because up until a few days before I bought this book, I had no plans of reading it.  I’ve never even heard of it.  Before I actually started reading this, I saw it somewhere online, maybe at the bookdepository site.  I…

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The Children Act

Ian McEwan‘s latest, The Children Act, is a short novel about Fiona Maye, a seasoned judge in the Family Division  of the High Courts in London. Ever since she  was a young girl, Fiona had always been serious, stable, and fiercely ambitious.  As a young lawyer, she worked hard to rise through the ranks of the…

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House of Leaves

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski is a book about a book about a movie.  Confused?  Well, let me break it down for you.  House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski is about a book written by Zampano, and later edited by Johnny Truant, about a video documentary called The Navidson Record by Pulitzer Prize winning…

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

Actually, it’s Tuesday already, but, whatever…. I’m trying to read, without much success, House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, and All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Both books have been highly recommended, and I was already a bit interested in both prior to the good reviews, so I don’t know why I still can’t really…

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Last August 12, Haruki Murakami released his latest English-translated novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.  I was one of the many who was looking forward to this novel, his first after the strange chunkster 1Q84.  Without knowing anything about it, I was intrigued by the new novel’s title – who was Tsukuru…