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The Stand by Stephen King
The Stand
by Stephen King (Goodreads Author)
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The premise is great (virus wipes out human population). It provided fertile ground for storytelling; and at 1153 pages, I had high expectations for expansive Mad Max-esque world building; and a detailed expose on society's gradual descent into chaos ...more
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The Gulf by Anna Spargo-Ryan
The Gulf
by Anna Spargo-Ryan (Goodreads Author)
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There was sparks of potential here, which soon fizzled into dull, drab tedium. A lot of nothing happens in this story arc. It is trudging, listless and aimless. Tedious too, was the protagonist's romance with her school mate, a two-dimensional boy wi ...more
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The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather   Morris
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Details the experiences of Lale Solokov, one extraordinarily courageous, driven, passionate man, as he does what he needs to do to survive the pitiless bowels of Auschwitz concentration camp; all without losing his moral compass or humanity. This is ...more
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Dark Psychology by Norman Empath
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A very short read, which is for the best. The title was tantalising, and I was ready and keen to glean all I can from it. But in actuality, this was just a confused mish-mash of pop psychology, with juvenile prose, and no scientific references. Most ...more
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Agent Zigzag by Ben Macintyre
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What a guy. Perpetually listless, and fearless to a pathological degree. A British national, he impulsively offers himself up as a Nazi spy to escape a British arrest warrant; only to become a double agent the moment he lands on UK soil. So begins a ...more
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
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A solid ending to an incredible, magical saga. Rowling skillfully, artfully, ties all loose ends, ensuring every plot point from every prior book, had a reason and a purpose. The story's setting outside Hogwarts, provided a refreshing change of scene ...more
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
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Heady, action-packed, flawless. It is as though the previous five installments over the previous decade have been written in anticipation for this brilliant, gripping tale. Rowling has shown immense patience, foresight and careful planning. Much like ...more
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Lord of the Flies by William Golding
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Grim, hostile, unnerving, cunning, brilliant. Golding has an astute understanding of the nature of children, as miniature adults, in their lust for acceptance and control. The politics of these children, reflect a roiling boiling tumultuous microcosm ...more
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
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The 5th installment was sometimes tedious to get through. Potter's love interest, Chang was annoying and pointless; information about the book's namesake, the Order of the Phoenix, was sorely lacking, with only a few fleeting glances into meetings wi ...more
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Nobody’s Girl by Barbara Amaya
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It never ceases to amaze me, the human capacity to withstand pain, suffering and unconscionable cruelty. For someone whose schooling ended in Grade 6, Amaya is an impressive writer, showing courage in penning her memoir without a ghost writer. In a g ...more
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