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The Death Instinct

The Death Instinct by Jed Rubenfeld
RNIB Catalogue Number: 18871
Duration: 16 hours 14 minutes
Narrator: Jeff Harding

The book …

Jed Rubenfeld is a Professor of Law at Yale.  417 more words

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The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson

These two reviews first ran on my old blog Ready When You Are, C.B.  

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson is as interesting for its history as it is for its story. 1,502 more words

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Stories by Grace Paley, P.G. Wodehouse, Ray Bradbury, Carol Shields, Eudora Welty, F.X. Toole

Back on my old blog, Ready When You Are, C.B. I used to run regular reviews of short stories.  I still do here are James Reads Books though not quite as often.   2,104 more words


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

I started reading We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves a little before eight o’clock Saturday night.  (Don’t judge me.  I’ve been on vacation so long one night is as good as another. 242 more words

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The Hundred-year House by Rebecca Makkai

“This place doesn’t want me,” he said. “It’s rejecting me. Like a transplanted organ.”

Rebecca Makkai’s engaging novel The Hundred-Year House spans a century, focusing in on 4 specific time periods: 1999, 1955, 1929, and 1900 through the story of the various residents of a splendid ancient manor house, set in gorgeous grounds, located outside of Chicago. 1,189 more words


Apocalypse and Dystopia - a comparison

The apocalypse. Everyone’s favourite genre lately, it seems. That and Dystopian fiction. But what’s the difference? Can the two be interchangeable? Well, yes and no. Let me explain. 322 more words


A Way of Life, Like Any Other by Darcy O'Brien

“I would not change the beginning for anything.”

Author Darcy O’Brien (1939-1998) was best known for books on true crime, including Two of a Kind: The Hillside Stranglers… 1,351 more words