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Love (and its loss) In a Cold Climate

Advantages: A finely written debut
Disadvantages: None

Then: On the farm above a remote Norwegian hamlet, in 1976, schoolgirl Else is waiting for her mother to return through the wind and the snow. She is also clutching at the kitchen table as the contractions worsen. Now: fast forward to 2009. Else now ...

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Review of The Last Boat Home - Dea Brovig

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Just like winter - drawn out and cold

Advantages: Beginning
Disadvantages: Drawn out, narrative, characters

About the book The Winter Witch is the first book in the Shadow Chronicles by Paula Brackston. The book was published by Corsair on 19th September and it is 416 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy for review. Plot S ...

linzee_loulabelle 24.09.2013 · Read full review
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Review of The Winter Witch - Paula Brackston

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Definitely not a holiday in the sun

Advantages: Entertaining and sometimes poignant black comedy of war
Disadvantages: Seems a little unfocussed in parts

William Boyd is one of those contemporary novelists who has been on my must-try list for a long time. This tale, set mostly in East Africa during the First World War, seemed as good as any with which to start. (For a start, it was the only one of his on ...

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Review of An Ice-cream War - William Boyd

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Make ice-cream, not war

Advantages: Great, epic story, well-researched, Boyd's wry humour
Disadvantages: Starts off a bit slow

Published: 1982 INTRODUCTION The first Boyd I ever read was Armadillo and since then I regularly pick up his earlier works. The reason I enjoy them a lot is because almost all of his earlier novels are set in Africa and this is probably no accide ...

lillamarta 11.10.2010 · Read full review
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Review of An Ice-cream War - William Boyd

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Profound fantasy

Advantages: amazing concepts
Disadvantages: easy to get lost.

Having just read 'Imajica' for a second time I was left realising that in the first read, I'd missed the point. Many people who enjoy Barker's early and more horror orriented books find this work confusing, incomprehensible or just too weird, so my missio ...

Bryn_Pearson 29.07.2002 · Read full review
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Review of Imajica - Clive Barker

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