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Mystical Liturgical Tale

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-2021

Mildly compelling, dark tale of cloistered monastery, inhabitants and a stray ecclesiastical father. Religious mystery.

Contacts: Made

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-02-2021

Such an unusual premise for a story. The author writes several different characters and uses them to create an unlikely plot around a cell phone, a late night message and the likely response of the personalities who live behind our contacts list. Sympathetically and, at times humorously, told, the plot loops around and back around the relationships between (some of) the central characters. Interesting and perceptive reveal of the jumble of interactions which have lead to the names into one man's contacts list. Enjoyable because it's so different, attempting, as it does to deal with a subject which we don't want to talk about.

Surfing Rocks; Barbarian Days Rules

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-02-2021

Whether a surfer or from a surfer family, this book is a charming, meditative tale of the life obsession that is surfing. Finnegan writes with such truth and modesty that it's impossible not to be drawn into his story, and the search for the ultimate wave. A compelling, fascinating tale.

Distractible No More

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-02-2021

I really appreciated this book: a great self-help for work, and life with such great tips for managing oneself, one's friends, and one's workload. I have shared the tips with friends, and used them to change the way I work. Essential reading, and re-reading, if you would like some practical tips to manage the deluge of information which is waiting to drown us.

Honeybee Haunts

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-02-2021

A fascinating entwining of two lives contaminated by loss. Fantastic narration, and a timely injection of the inimitable Julia Child, make this tragic tale increasingly addictive. I loved it.

Searching Story of Irish Delights

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-02-2021

The central protagonist and his equal struggles with his delipidated house, intrusive Irish villagers and grief over lost love becomes more appealing as the story develops. An American enduring Irish cold and dearth of conveniences tests credibility a little.

Eleanor Oliphant Really Is

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-02-2021

A poignant story of handling loss and grief in a stolid yet appealing way. With a makeover and a love interest. Eleanor's trun of phrase is funny and clever.

May Reliably Delivers

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-2021

A great story with Italian/Scottish protagonist struggling with the usual human dilemmas. Nice relationship reviews.

Introduction to Enzo MacLeod

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-12-2020

May delivers a complex tale of deceit and treachery. Falls short of superb Coffin Road.

Reacher, Childs and Harding rock

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-11-2020

Classic Reacher; reliably unexpected. Great female characters, plot twists and excellent baddies. Harding excellent.