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Amazon vs Hachette

readingIt is perhaps inevitable that with any new idea or product or technology there will be a period of adjustment. So it is with e-books, as this article explains – one of the world’s biggest publishers is in dispute with one of the world’s biggest booksellers, over the issue of the price of e-books. Several hundred authors from various publishing houses have written an open letterto Amazon, claiming…

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Book Club: Mr Rosenblum’s List

I must confess, I didn’t get very far through this book before stopping. That’s the problem with reading more than one book at a time (something which I do quite often) – if one isn’t grabbing my attention, I naturally gravitate towards the other one when it comes to choosing which one to pick up.

Book Club: Mr Rosenblum’s List

I must confess, I didn’t get very far through this book before stopping. That’s the problem with reading more than one book at a time (something which I do quite often) – if one isn’t grabbing my attention, I naturally gravitate towards the other one when it comes to choosing which one to pick up.

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Tweeting a short story

Tweeting a short story

bone-clocks1I am eagerly awaiting the publication of the sixth novel by one of my favourite authors, David Mitchell, in September – The Bone Clocks. It will be his first novel since 2010’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, a book which was probably my least favourite of his, and it will be ten years since the publication of Cloud Atlas, possibly my favourite book of all time. I have no idea what The…

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Recommended Reads: The Uninvited

Recommended Reads: The Uninvited

The uninvitedI just finished reading this while on holiday, and thought it best to write a review while it’s still fresh in my mind. But it was quite a thought provoking novel, one which I will be thinking about for a while yet, and not one that will slip from the memory relatively quickly.

Firstly, the negatives. Well, there is only one, but it’s quite a big one. The blurb on the back of this book is quite…

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Book Club: The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Book Club: The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The_Invention_of_Hugo_CabretThis Book Club post is a little late, because I was trying to get hold of a copy of the book. It was that rare occasion on which I hadn’t read this month’s title, though not for lack of trying. Normally I would order the book on my e-reader, but with this one, I knew that wouldn’t be an option. I tried the library, but it was permanently on loan. So I settled on the idea that I had seen the film…

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Disappointing books

Wild Sheep ChaseHave you ever read a book that you had such high expectations for, but that ended up really disappointing you? I finally finished this book last night, after starting it around three months ago – considering it’s only 300 pages, I should have finished it weeks ago. But I put it down at around page 200 and had to force myself to pick it up again, having read two other books in the interim.

I love…

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