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“Jaeth’s Eye” by K. S. Villoso

This book, which I hesitate to call a novel, is a rambling narrative, full of stories within stories, myths and legends blending into reality. Villoso has created a rich and detailed setting, populated with fully formed and empathetic characters, whose tiny lives are limned with precision. However, this author has a habit of leaving out important […]

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“Dropping Out,” by Danielle de Valera

 This book is a series of interconnected short tales about the gulf between humans, especially the one between men and women. It’s a very Australian, male chauvinistic sort of life these people live: like life all over the world, but in a uniquely Australian setting. After all, there are a lot of people who can’t manage […]

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“IQ84” by Mike Dickerson

Okay, this is a story about a hero called David Dingle, and it’s about people’s heads exploding. Do you get the picture already? Non-stop action, non-stop mania. The story involves a huge cast of wild and weird characters appearing and disappearing (at least their heads do) rapidly. Doctors and nutcases, a Satanist emissary of evil […]

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“Dead Heat” by Dick Francis

I usually review books that people send me, and it’s a bit of a crapshoot whether they will turn out good or not. So every once in a while I pick an author I enjoy and do some recreational reading. Dick Francis is one of my favourites. His stories have great characters, good conflicts, and interesting […]

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