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Recommended Read: Beneath the Ink – Kath Middleton

Beneath the Ink - Kath Middleton Notes: This is a fascinating book. It starts simply enough with a couple both getting tattoos. But something goes wrong with the tattoos. From there develops a story that has elements of science fiction, horror, political thriller and other genres within it. Not being too enamoured with genre divisions, demarcations and expectations I do like it when a novel crosses genres, altering and blending them in interesting ways to make something greater than its parts, and this one does it very well indeed. In many ways, it reminded me of a John Wyndam novel…

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Recommended Read: How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking – Jordan Ellenberg

How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking - Jordan Ellenberg Notes: This is an excellent and thought provoking book about mathematics and its application to everyday life. It begins with a fine example of its subject matter when Ellenberg describes how a mathematician, Abraham Wald, helped the US air force solve a problem. The problem was where was the best place to add armoured reinforcement to the air force’s bombers. Applying armour to the entire plane would make it too heavy to fly, so they had to find the place where armour would have the most effect.…

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Recommended Read: The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) – William Shakespeare

The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare, Stanley Wells (Editor), Gary Taylor (Editor)   Notes: I’ve read all the way through this about three or four times now, and I’m currently reading it again, on and off. Each time I read it I find more reasons to come back to it again. There is a great deal in the book beyond the texts of the plays and poems that is also fascinating. See the synopsis below. As a physical book, it is a bit unwieldy because of its size, but as an ebook it is much more manageable.  …

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Book Links 20/09/2018

A miscellany of recent book related links: Can we understand other minds? Novels and stories say: no for... 21 Ways to Organize Your TBR Pile French Booksellers Lose Their Shit Over a Self-Published Book Being Considered for the Prix Renaudot Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel Your Discworld Reading Order: This Is How To Tackle Pratchett’s Series Kate Atkinson’s Spy Novel Makes the Genre New “Drank a Lot” 100 Best Books of the 21st Century (So Far) The Most Unread Book Ever Acclaimed    

Free Kindle Sci-Fi Thriller Novel: What Dreams May Come

FREE for the next five days: What Dreams May Come Click below to download now: Universal link UK link US Link   Dreams are dangerous things. After a mental collapse forces him to sell his software company, entrepreneur Stephen Parker retreats to the quiet coastal village of Stoneyhaven, hoping to rebuild his life. Soon Parker discovers how dangerous dreams can be, as the world of his nightmares threatens to break out into his waking life and destroy the new happiness he finds in Stoneyhaven. To save the lives of those he loves, and perhaps even the world itself, Parker must…

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Book Review: Black Wood – S.J.I. Holliday

Black Wood (Banktoun #1) - S.J.I. Holliday Synopsis: Something happened to Claire and Jo in Black Wood: something that left Claire paralysed and Jo with deep mental scars. But with Claire suffering memory loss and no evidence to be found, nobody believes Jo's story. Twenty-three years later, a familiar face walks into the bookshop where Jo works, dredging up painful memories and rekindling her desire for vengeance. And at the same time, Sergeant Davie Gray is investigating a balaclava-clad man who is attacking women on a disused railway, shocking the sleepy village of Banktoun. But what is the connection between…

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Book Links 23/08/2018

A miscellany of recent book related links:   Review – The Vanishing by Sophia Tobin http://www.bloominbrilliantbooks.com/authors-s-to-u/review-the-vanishing-by-sophia-tobin/ Why You Need to Read ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ IMMEDIATELY // A Review https://beckysblogs.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/why-you-need-to-read-only-love-can-break-your-heart-immediately-a-review/ Meet Ramsey Campbell 'Britain's Most Respected Living Horror Writer' http://www.lounge-books.com/award-winners-we-lov/ramsey-campbell-horror-author-interview 50 Must-Read Erotic Fiction Novels, Anthologies, And More https://bookriot.com/2018/08/16/best-erotic-fiction/ Making a Literary Clock from a Hacked Kindle (Video) https://the-digital-reader.com/2018/08/15/making-a-literary-clock-from-a-hacked-kindle-video/ The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is the Best Place on the Internet https://lithub.com/the-encyclopedia-of-science-fiction-is-the-best-place-on-the-internet/ 15 Books Like the Kingkiller Chronicles By Patrick Rothfuss https://bookriot.com/2018/08/17/books-like-the-kingkiller-chronicles-by-patrick-rothfuss/ Snap by Belinda Bauer https://nudge-book.com/blog/2018/08/snap-by-belinda-bauer/ An American Story by Christopher Priest – SFFWorld https://www.sffworld.com/2018/08/an-american-story-by-christopher-priest/ The Forgotten…

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Book Review: Fools and Mortals – Bernard Cornwell

Fools and Mortals - Bernard Cornwell  Synopsis: A dramatic new departure for international bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, FOOLS AND MORTALS takes us into the heart of the Elizabethan era, long one of his favourite periods of British history. Fools and Mortals follows the young Richard Shakespeare, an actor struggling to make his way in a company dominated by his estranged older brother, William. As the growth of theatre blooms, their rivalry – and that of the playhouses, playwrights and actors vying for acclaim and glory – propels a high-stakes story of conflict and betrayal. Showcasing his renowned storyteller’s skill, Bernard…

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Book Links 15/08/18

A miscellany of recent book related links: Supernatural Enemies of the Writer http://myjetpack.tumblr.com/post/176916015070/for-the-guardian Millennial Reading Habits Have Changed the Definition of a Classic, and Other Lazy Writing https://the-digital-reader.com/2018/08/13/millennial-reading-habits-have-changed-the-definition-of-a-classic-and-other-lazy-writing/ The Presence http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/?p=14091 Back-to-School Reading for Adults: The Best New Nonfiction https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/1355-back-to-school-reading-for-adults-the-best-new-nonfiction Buy More Books Than You Ever Read? The Japanese Have a Word for That https://bigthink.com/21st-century-spirituality/buy-more-books-than-you-ever-read-the-japanese-have-a-word-for-that The Night She Died – Jenny Blackhurst https://www.compulsivereaders.com/reviews/the-night-she-died-jenny-blackhurst/ CBTB's Most-Anticipated Crime Books of Late 2018 http://crimebythebook.com/blog/2018/8/13/cbtbs-most-anticipated-crime-books-of-late-2018 Changing names https://www.kathmiddletonbooks.com/blog/changing-names Whut? http://www.longrider.co.uk/blog/2018/08/13/whut-6/ Intersectionality—A Review https://quillette.com/2018/08/14/intersectionality-a-review/  

Recommended Read: The Martian Chronicles – Ray Bradbury

The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury Notes: When I first read this book – sometime in the late 60s/early 70s – as a teenager, the copy I borrowed from our village library was titled The Silver Locusts. I still think of it by that, which I think is a better, title. The Silver Locusts captures a better sense of the dreamlike tone of much of this book, which conveys a very unearth-like world where the Martians are stranger than we can imagine and the strange world they inhabit seeps inside the humans that arrive in every-increasing numbers in those silver…

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