Popcultureboy’s #CBR5 Review #96: The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan



My Booker Longlist Challenge continues apace (though will spill over into next year’s Cannonball). This is the 2nd shortest entry of the longlisted books, an unusually narrated story of how a small town in Ireland was affected by the economic downturn. Doesn’t sound great, does it? Well, it is. Full review is on my blog here.

Popcultureboy’s #CBR5 Review #95: The Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls by Anton Disclafani



With a book like this, you know what you’re getting. The biggest surprise is probably that with a name like Anton, the author is actually female. It’s fine enough, but you have to have a high tolerance for nasty teenagers to really enjoy this book. The full review is on my blog here

Popcultureboy’s #CBR5 Review #94: The Testimony by James Smythe



My 2nd oral history of the year, by an author I only discovered because he’s re-reading everything Stephen King ever published. It’s an excellent debut detailing the unravelling of civilisation in the wake of a mysterious broadcast that not everybody is able to hear. Full review is on my blog here

Popcultureboy’s #CBR5 Review #90: More Than This by Patrick Ness



Hard to believe that a year ago, I couldn’t have picked Ness or his books out of a line up and now I can’t get enough. His latest, a YA novel about a teenager whose suicide does not go according to plan (to say the least) is epically gorgeous and you should all read it. Full review is on my blog here

Popcultureboy’s #CBR5 Review #89: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison



The book equivalent of a Chinese takeaway meal. Looks super tasty, but it’s quickly devoured, somehow not as satisfying as you’d hoped and then quickly forgotten. The full review is on my blog here.

Popcultureboy’s #CBR5 review #88: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King



Long awaited, hugely anticipated and freaking brilliant. King writes his first ever sequel to a previous standalone with wonderful results. This is the second review of Doctor Sleep on CBR5, after Lady Cordelia’s, but I doubt it will be the last. The full review can be found on my blog here.