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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.