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 #77: Fallen Land by Patrick Flanery


What an absolutely epic book. A literary thriller focussing on a farm stretching back generations and the broken dreams of its present day occupants, this book gripped like a vice and didn’t let go until it had broken my heart. Highly recommended. Full review is on my blog here.

Popcultureboy’s #CBR5 Review #75: The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane



Already being talked up in the UK as “THE debut novel of 2014”, this is a painfully bad book. Overwritten, underplotted and entirely dreadful, the hype on this one has me well and truly baffled. Read my full review on my blog here.

Popcultureboy’s #CBR5 Review #72: Life! Death! Prizes! by Stephen May



A surprisingly gorgeous little novel, that will undoubtedly have been compared to A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. I wouldn’t know, since I refuse to read anything by Eggers, but I highly recommend this story of a nineteen year old boy coping with raising his six year old brother after the senseless murder of their mother. Read the full review on my blog here.