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This Book Is Full of Spiders – David
Having Read John Dies at the End earlier in the year for a bookclub I knew there was potential here for me having discovered a new favourite author so I quickly purchased this, David Wong’s second novel. I had high hopes and I was not disappointed. Here are the same characters who you grew to love in the first novel, tearing through their scrapes and adventures with all kinds of creatures. Just like JDATE this isn’t a horror in the traditional sense. There’s nothing here that will have you hiding behind a pillow. It’s all a bit slapstick. Scrap that; it’s hilarious. A magnificent read. It’s very rare that I reread books but I certainly will be returning to Wong’s work at some point. Hopefully he’ll be releasing a new novel soon. Highly, highly recommended. 5/5
The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson
June’s bookclub selection for Leedsbookclub. I was pleased when this came out of the hat. Not because I’d put it there (if I had it would never have come out – sulky face) but I’d heard a lot about this book, lots of people were telling me how good it was and I’d read good reviews in the press. Maybe my expectations were too high but I was a tad (and just a tad) disappointed. The characters are well-developed and likeable but the plot? The plot is just bizarre, verging on ridiculous. I didn’t find the writing style easy to read. I’m not sure why, perhaps a lack of dialogue?! A nice read but nothing earth shattering. 3.5/5
The Humans – Matt Haig
I’ve followed Matt for a while on Twitter and I think subconsciously the retweets of positive reviews worked! I’m so glad they did. This is a fantastic book; the story of an alien on Earth. How would they react to human life? What would they think of the choices we make? How desperate would they be to get home? There’s a subplot of Mathematics here for the geeks but it in no way dominates the story. This is a tale of what makes us human and thoroughly enjoyable it is too. A book i will be recommending to many. 5/5
One Step Too Far – Tina Seskis
I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads giveaways scheme having applied based on the blurb. I devoured this book in a weekend. This is an easy read but with a solid plot. Why would Emily abandon her family and head to London to hide away under an alias? This book is full of intrigue, oscillating between past and present and slowly drip feeding clues and questions galore. Lots of plot twists to keep you on your toes. A good light read, perfect for the beach. My only criticism; I’m never one for happily-ever-after endings whatever form they take and there is one here of sorts. To find out what, you’ll have to read it. I don’t do spoilers! 3.5/5
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