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Books I Have Read: The Hunger Games Trilogy

You may already have read The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Trilogy), or perhaps seen the first film in the series (the second one is just out) and so you know what the story is all about. For those who are not aware of it, the story is set in a dystopian future with a repressive government using a gladiatorial contest during which children fight to the death as a way of keeping a lid on social tension. Katniss Everdeen is a contestant in the games who goes on to become a…

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Books I’ve Read: Varia

Over the past few weeks, during a dose of shingles, I’ve been raiding the Kindle store for cheap or free books to give me something easy to read. Here are my brief thoughts on a few of them. Death of a Snob (Hamish Macbeth): the pick of the bunch. A pleasing Agatha Christie like mystery story set on an isolated island in the Scottish Highlands. Agatha Christie with more likeable characters. A Reason To Kill (DI Matt Barnes): this book is currently available for free and may be slightly over…

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Books I’ve Read: Children of the Revolution

I’ve mentioned previously that I’m a huge fan of Peter Robinson’s Inspector Banks novels. In fact, after I read the last one in the series (Watching the Dark), I went back and read all 20 of them in chronological order. Having previously read the books in a rather haphazard fashion – depending on what I could find in the library or in second-hand book shops – I found that reading them in order really added some depth to the characters and provided links that I had missed earlier. If you…

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Books I Have Read: Cloud Atlas

I think this is a first for me; I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie and then decided that I really wanted to read the book it was based on. I have to say that I wasn’t disappointed by Cloud Atlas; I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and thoroughly enjoyed the novel, even though I only read it a few days after seeing the film. Then again, there are so many subtle details, plot twists and leaps across time in both the book and the film that you could never exhaust…

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Books I’ve Read: Homeland

 This is the follow up to Little Brother, which I read last year, but didn’t mention on the blog. In short, it is a science-fiction novel set in the near future which deals with the way in which governments and big corporations are able to use the internet to keep tracks on what we are doing. If what you are looking for is a novel with a good strong plot in which to lose yourself on the beach or on a long journey, I can’t recommend this one. The plot…

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Books I Have Read: The Moon of Gomrath

In my first year of senior school, one of the books we read in English lessons was The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner. I suppose it was a bit like a bleaker version of one of the Harry Potter novels. In any case, my friends and I loved it and couldn’t wait to get our hands on the follow up, The Moon of Gomrath. I’ve always been a fast reader and I went to bed, expecting to finish the book before I put the light out – except I never fished…

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Books I have Read: Sins of the Father

Sins of the Father is currently available on Kindle for less than a pound. It’s not a bad thriller, not great, but perfectly good for reading by the pool or while watching the rain fall in Skye. It is a bit gruesome at times and won’t be to everyone’s taste. Also the central theme of the book is about a 1960s TV star who turns out to be a far less pleasant character than everyone thought he was; the contemporary echoes are not always comfortable.

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Books I Have Read: Murder in Malmo

I read Murder in Malmö shortly after reading and enjoying Meet me in Malmö by the same author. All I can say is that if Torquil MacLeod wants to keep on churning out mystery novels with alliterative titles, set in Sweden, I’ll keep reading them. Especially, if they stay relatively cheap on Kindle.

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Books I Have Read: Meet Me in Malmö

There are lots of books available for the Amazon Kindle at very low prices, or even for free. All too often, it becomes obvious quite quickly why they are not being sold at full price. I normally make it a point of finishing any book that I start reading – but I make an exception for Amazon Freebies. Some of them are overpriced even when they cost you nothing. However, from time to time, I come across a cheap book on Kindle which is absolutely excellent; Meet me in Malmö…

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Books I’ve Read: Gentlemen and Players

 I’ve never read anything by Joanne Harris before, but looking round our local lending library, I came across Gentlemen & Players and thought it might be worth a look. There are a lot of interesting, amusing and engaging scenes in the book, but overall, the story which is set in a small private school failed to grip. I suspect that those who like Joanne Harris’ writing have already read this book. For my part, I won’t be digging out any more of her books in the near future. Then again, this book…

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