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A poem of the wind and the trees.

Advantages: Pretty funny, short
Disadvantages: Non-ending, may be dull to some people, other matters of taste

Haruki Murakami is one of the most famous Japanese authors ever, having achieved fame both in his home country and across the world. The Guardian described him on the cover of Norwegian Wood as "one of the world's most important living novelists". As capt ...

mi_wa 20.04.2015 · Read full review
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Review of Hear The Wind Sing - Haruki Murakami

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More Black than Comedy

Advantages: Gripping, psychologically intriguing
Disadvantages: Disturbing, a bit repetitive in places

...Verine Dorricks is visiting her husband, Donald, in a high security prison. As always he greets her with, “I’m innocent, you know.” But Donald has been found guilty of the murder of ten people. Nine of them were psychotherapists and all victims were ga ...

moistbabe 18.09.2013 · Read full review
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Review of Nine Lives - Bernice Rubens

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Sentenced to Life

Advantages: Compelling, dark, complex characters
Disadvantages: May not appeal to you if you don't like black comedy

...On the day of her retirement, Jean Hawkins is presented by her work colleagues with a leaving present, a 5 year diary. Having intended to commit suicide on her return home, this gift rather puts a spanner in the works. Miss Hawkins has spent her entire ...

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Review of A Five Year Sentence - Bernice Rubens

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Like Tron With Jokes

Advantages: Decent sense of humour in many places
Disadvantages: Brookmyre occasionally take his eye off the ball and gets on his high horse instead

The title of Christopher Brookmyre's debut novel, "Quite Ugly One Morning" was enough to make me pick it up, but it was the quality of the content that has kept me reading his work. He writes crime thrillers with a humour that extends beyond the amusing ...

Soho_Black 17.11.2013 · Read full review
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Review of Bedlam - Christopher Brookmyre

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Gaming or the future

Advantages: Game worlds are fun
Disadvantages: A bit complicated in places

...given a book by my father, a big sci-fi fan, that he says he can't finish. So with this in mind I thought that I would crack on with Bedlam and see how it went. It is interesting that in preparing to write this review I had a look at ...

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Review of Bedlam - Christopher Brookmyre

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