Book Review – Public Library and other Stories by Ali Smith

Book Review – Public Library and other Stories by Ali Smith Review by Ben Macnair 9 out of 10 Following up the enormous critical and commercial success of the award winning novel How to be Both cannot have been an easy task for Ali Smith. The prolific short story writer, though has returned to the […]

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Review of The Beautiful Indifference by Sarah Hall

Review of The Beautiful Indifference by Sarah Hall Review by Ben Macnair 8 out of 10 ‘The Beautiful Indifference’ is a collection of short stories, where place and time is as important as character or plot. Here are eight stories that fit well together, to form a cohesive collection that looks at the Human condition […]

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I can make you hate by Charlie Brooker

Book Review by Ben Macnair Review of I can make you hate by Charlie Brooker ‘I can make you hate’ is a collection of television presenter and journalist Charlie Brooker’s columns from the Guardian written between August 2009 and July 2012, where he pokes splenetic fun at all manner of targets, from politicians, other newspapers […]

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Book Review of Poems in Water

Poems in Water Mary Langer Thompson Review by Carol Smallwood Paperback: 57 pages: $12 Green Fuse Poetic Arts, 2014 ISBN-13: 978-0991598328 http://www.amazon.com/poems-water-Mary-Langer-Thompson/dp/0991598326/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421526888&sr=1-1&keywords=poems+in+water+by+mary+langer+thompson Every poetry collection creates its own sense of space: geographic, cultural, and personal: word selection and use are fingerprints of each writer. The reader tastes a new world and if the poet is […]

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Book review of Denouement

denouement by margareta waterman nine muses books (2015) pp. 215 illustrated by Meg McHutchison and JC Schlechter review by Casey Bush In her latest book, “denouement”, poet and priestess, margareta waterman, celebrates her impending departure from this world. Not yet tired of life, margareta is enjoying being an octogenarian and like those individuals who insist […]

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Book review – betting on the Muse by Charles Bukowski

Book review – betting on the Muse by Charles Bukowski Review by Ben Macnair Over 400 pages, the influential prose writer and poet Charles Bukowski describes his favourite things in one of his last books – Betting on the Muse. During his prolific career Bukowski made a name for himself as both a writer of […]

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Review of Angles of Separation

Review of Angles of Separation by Carol Smallwood Judith Skillman Paperback: 96 pages Publisher: Glass Lyre Press (2014) ISBN-13: 978-0984035298 http://www.amazon.com/Angles-Separation-Judith-Skillman/dp/098403529X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1412356953&sr=1-1&keywords=angles+of+separation Buying a new poetry collection is like investing in a travel ticket—the excitement begins when a book arrives with shiny cover and unexplored pages; the cover art of Angles of Separation is Edvard Munch’s […]

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Review of Evening Sun: A Widow’s Journey

Evening Sun: A Widow’s Journey is a poetry chapbook by Aline Soulesl Review by Carol Smallwood Andrew Benzie Books (May 29, 2014) 38 pages, $3.79 Aline Soules’ work has appeared in journals, e-zines, and anthologies such as The MacGuffin, Literature of the Expanding Frontier, Kenyon Review. She earned an MA in English, MSLS in Library […]

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Book Review: The Wild Part

Review of The Wild Part by Jerry Craven Review by Carol Smallwood Angelina River Press, Fort Worth, Texas 2013 # ISBN-10: 0988384418 293 pages, $15.83, paperback In the award winning author’s preface, Jerry Craven relates his novel came from memory “filtered through imagination.” The author manages the difficult task of capturing a boy’s point of […]

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Book Review – Emerald City by Jennifer Egan

Book Review – Emerald City by Jennifer Egan by Ben Macnair The author Jennifer Egan made her name with a series of critically acclaimed, commercially successful novels, such as ‘A Visit from the Goon Squad’ and ‘The Invisible Circus’ so her story-telling talents have been honed by years of practice. It is this facet of […]

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Review of Apathy and other Small Disasters by Paul Neilan

Review of Apathy and other Small Disasters by Paul Neilan St Martin’s Griffin Publishing, ISBN 978 0 312 352196 Paper-back – 231 Pages by Ben Macnair “If Tolstoy were alive today and working as a temp at Panoptican Insurance, he’d say that all insurance companies are the same, then throw himself through an eighteenth story […]

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Book Review – The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Book Review – The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky Simon and Schuster – ISBN 978 1 84739 4071 by Ben Macnair Stephen Chbosky’s novel ‘The Perks of being a Wallflower’ is a book about growing up. About trying to fit in. About finding your own way. It is about standing out for […]

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Review of the book “The Confidant” by Helene Gremillon

  Review of the book “The Confidant” by Helene Gremillon Review by Ben Macnair Helene Gremillon’s new novel ‘The Confidant’ is the type of book that hooks you from the beginning, and by the careful introduction of new characters, events and a narrative drive that flits from time to time. A deep,long held family secret […]

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Review of An Object of Beauty

Review of An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin Review by Ben Macnair Hardcover, 292 pages Published November 23rd 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2010) ISBN 0446573647 Steve Martin’s third novel ‘An Object of Beauty’ looks at the art world, from theviewpoint of Lacey Yeager, a young, ambitious, and morally ambiguous […]

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