Popcultureboy’s #CBR5 Review #99: Tell-All by Chuck Palahniuk



For me, Palahniuk has been off his game for a while now. The heights of Survivor are a very long time ago. But I thought I’d give this a whirl, since it sounded crazy and fun and silly. It’s incoherent and tiresome, utterly devoid of merit. The full disappointed review is on my blog here


Popcultureboy’s #CBR5 Review #98: The Retribution by Val McDermid



The seventh book in McDermid’s endlessly popular series of novels featuring Tony Hill. This one also brings back her most notorious criminal invention, Jacko Vance, who escapes from prison and sets about ruining the lives of those he holds responsible for putting him there. It’s a breathlessly brilliant read that I just could not put down. Full review is on my blog here.

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