Category: Books

Ghostwritten

Ghostwritten

Ghostwritten Ghostwritten:  A gallery attendant at the Hermitage.  A young jazz buff in Tokyo.  A crooked British lawyer in Hong Kong.  A disc jockey in Manhattan.  A physicist in Ireland.  An elderly woman running...

Before the Fall

Before the Fall

Before the Fall Before the Fall:  On a foggy summer night, eleven people, only ten privileged, one, down on his luck painter, all depart Martha’s Vineyard headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the...

The Colour of Magic

The Colour of Magic

The Colour of Magic The Colour of Magic:   First of all,  the Discworld floats through space on the back of four elephants that, in turn, stand on the back of the Great A’Tuin,...

Farewell, My Lovely

Farewell, My Lovely

Farewell, My Lovely Farewell, My Lovely,  is the story of private detective Philip Marlowe. Hence, the novel follows Marlowe’s movements in and around Bay City. Bay City is a fictional town in California not...

The Eye Of The World

The Eye Of The World

The Eye Of The World The Eye Of The World: The Wheel of time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. This book,  is the first book of the fourteen...

The Subtle Knife

The Subtle Knife

The Subtle Knife The Subtle Knife: This is the second science fiction/fantasy book in the ” His Dark Materials” series by Philip Pullman.   It is published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, an...

The God of Small Things

The God of Small Things

The God of Small Things The God of Small Things,  is the debut novel of Indian writer Arundhati Roy. Especially relevant,   it is a story about the childhood experiences of fraternal twins. The...

The Face of a Stranger

The Face of a Stranger

The Face of a Stranger The Face of a Stranger:   First of all,  this book rests against the backdrop of Victorian London. With its lords and lady dowagers. Also, with its pickpockets, usurers,...

A Sight for Sore Eyes

A Sight for Sore Eyes

A Sight for Sore Eyes A Sight for Sore Eyes:  Nobody does North London squalor better than Ruth Rendell. Describing in vivid detail, the cultural sewer in which a monster named Teddy Brex grows...

The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

  The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter:  Hawthorne starts us off with a tour of the jail of the mid-17th century, Massachusetts Bay Colony. Inside the jail is  Hester Prynne,  an adulteress who is...

The Shining

The Shining

The Shining The Shining: Danny was only five years old, but in the words of old Mr Halloran he was a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage.  When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel,...

And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None And Then There Were None is a mystery novel by English writer Agatha Christie. This novel is widely considered her masterpiece.  It is described by her as the most difficult...

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath The Grapes of Wrath:  Tom Joad and his family are forced from their farm in the Depression-era Oklahoma Dust Bowl. They set out for California along with thousands of others...

Fool Me Once

Fool Me Once

Fool Me Once Fool Me Once:  Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work.  Her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya’s...

Dark Corners

Dark Corners

Dark Corners Dark Corners:   Carl Martin inherits a house in an increasingly rich and trendy London neighbourhood,  when his father dies. As Carl needs cash, he rents the upstairs room and kitchen to Dermot...

The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada The Devil Wears Prada: Andrea Sachs, a recent graduate of Brown University has a degree in English. She moves to New York City with her best friend, Lily, a graduate...

The Moon and More

The Moon and More

The Moon and More The Moon and More:  Luke is the perfect boyfriend.  He is handsome, kind and fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where...

Where do I go

Where do I go

Where do I go Where do I go:  Gabrielle Fairbanks has nearly lost touch with the carefree,  spirited young woman she was. Then she married her husband sixteen years ago. But when the couple...

The Girl from Penny Lane

The Girl from Penny Lane

The Girl from Penny Lane The Girl from Penny Lane:  Kitty Drinkwater, is young.  She lives in Paradise Court, just off Burlington Street. Kitty is always hungry and dressed in rags, as life is tough...

The Eye Collector

The Eye Collector

The Eye Collector The Eye Collector: When the story starts with an epilogue and the first chapter is the end,  one can’t help asking if this is just a gimmick or it serves a...

Killer's Payoff

Killer’s Payoff

Killer’s Payoff Killer’s Payoff:   He appeared to be a decent, upright, honest citizen….  And yet appearances can be more than deceiving in the world of blackmail and extortion. It’s like an old-time gangster movie: a...

Cross Justice

Cross Justice

Cross Justice Cross Justice:   It has been 35 years since he saw his home town of Starksville,  North Carolina. Alex hears that his cousin Stefan is about to be tried for the gruesome torture...

Where My Heart Used To Beat

Where My Heart Used To Beat

Where My Heart Used To Beat Where My Heart Used To Beat:  A sweeping drama about the madness of war and the power of love that marks acclaimed novelist Sebastian Faulks’s return, after twenty...

The Burning Shore

The Burning Shore

The Burning Shore The Burning Shore is a novel by Wilbur Smith set during and after World War 1. Smith called the book his  “Road to Damascus”  moment.  This is because it was the...

The Eighth Kingdom

The Eighth Kingdom

The Eighth Kingdom The Eighth Kingdom: How radical Islam will impact the end times. People around the world have  premonitions that current events are setting the stage for end-time events to unfold. Why is there...

In the Bleak Midwinter

In the Bleak Midwinter

In the Bleak Midwinter In the Bleak Midwinter:  Winter 1919,  two months after the Armistice that ended the Great War,  life in London’s East End is slowly returning to normal.  Yet, for 25-year-old Birdie Connor...

Don't Look Now

Don’t Look Now

Don’t Look Now Don’t Look Now:  Andrea Heller has been married for seven years, but still likes to pretend she’s single. First of all,  she enjoys sitting on her own in bars,  and watching...

New Ward 73 Councillor Aims To Please

New Ward 73 Councillor Aims To Please

New Ward 73 Councillor Aims To Please: Sinethemba Matiwana of the DA is the new Ward 73 councillor. His ward includes Western Extension, Benoni CBD, MacKenzie Park, New Modder, Rynsoord and Kingsway. The DA received 49.53...

Stars of Fortune

Stars of Fortune

Stars of Fortune Stars of Fortune:   Sasha Riggs is a reclusive artist,  haunted by dreams and nightmares that she turns into extraordinary paintings. Her visions lead her to the Greek island of Corfu, where...

Purity

Purity

Purity Purity: Young Pip Tyler does not know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, and also knows that she’s saddled with $130,000 in student debt. Also, that she’s squatting with...