Category Archives: literary fiction

The Oracle Glass by Judith Merkle Riley

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Genevieve, a skinny, precocious little monkey with a mind full of philosophy and the power to read the swirling waters of an oracle glass, is taken in by La Voisin, an ingenious occultist and omnipotent society fortune-teller. … Continue reading

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Product info (from Goodreads): It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by … Continue reading

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Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

Product info (from Goodreads): Flights is a series of imaginative and mesmerising meditations on travel in all its forms, not only the philosophy and meaning of travel, but also fascinating anecdotes that take us out of ourselves, and back to … Continue reading

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The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

Product info (from Goodreads): Sugar, 19, prostitute in Victorian London, yearns for a better life. From brutal brothel-keeper Mrs Castaway, she ascends in society. Affections of self-involved perfume magnate William Rackham soon smells like love. Her social rise attracts preening … Continue reading

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Drood by Dan Simmons

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Drood… is the name and nightmare that obsesses Charles Dickens for the last five years of his life. On June 9, 1865, Dickens and his mistress are secretly returning to London, when their express train hurtles over … Continue reading

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Review: The Tribune by Patrick Larkin

Synopsis (from Goodreads): “My name is Lucius Aurelius Valens, and I am a soldier in the service of Rome.” A young Roman officer with a strong sense of justice and duty thwarts corrupt officials plundering the province of Syria and … Continue reading

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Review: The Dust Will Answer by Richard Risemberg

I got a complimentary digital copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review from the author – thank you very much! Synopsis (from Goodreads): 1978: The wave of gentrification has yet to break over downtown Los Angeles, and … Continue reading

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Rameau’s review archive: Room by Emma Donoghue

Synopsis: It’s Jack’s birthday and he’s excited about turning five. Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV but he knows that … Continue reading

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