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The Curious Incident of Lazy Writers Not Doing Research

I finished my 4,000 word essay! Hurray!

… I didn’t read a new book this week. Or write a book review. Oops. As such, I’m going to review a book I read some time ago today, and for the next couple of weeks, I’ll try to read two books a week to make up for this week and last week’s slips.

Now, the book I want to talk about is one very close to my liver, in that I have a lot of bile related to it: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon.

02a. Curious Incident Cover

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You Can’t Do Everything

Sometimes, you can’t do everything.

01a. Overwhelmed

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The Thursday Review: “Play Dead” by Richard Montanari

This week, we’re taking a break from Stephen King to dive into one of my favourite genres of book: the gory serial killer story. If it’s advertised with the words “The worst fictional killer since Hannibal Lector”, you’d better believe it piques my interest.

This time, though, I screwed up a little. I received this book from my mother and neither of us realised until after I’d read it that it’s actually the fourth book in a series. So how does Richard Montanari’s “Play Dead” (or “Badlands” as it’s known in the USA) hold up as an introduction to the series?

13a. Play Dead Cover

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Not badly. But not spectacular either.

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The Thursday Review: “Misery” by Stephen King

Another week, another Stephen King book under my belt! And this time, it’s “Misery”.

12a. Misery Cover

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Did I like it? Well, if I tell you that I went to bed at ten planning to read one or two chapters and ended up reading until nearly one in the morning and finishing the whole book, does that answer your question?

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The Thursday Review: “Dolores Claiborne” by Stephen King

Trigger Warning for Mentions of Sexual Abuse

Things have gotten on top of me a touch this week. I had my last two formal MA lectures and as such, opportunities to read and write have been thin on the ground. Despite this, though, I managed to once again dive into my stash of unread Stephen King and picked out “Dolores Claiborne”.

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The Thursday Review: “Falling Man” by Don DeLillo

Here we are. It’s March 2017 and I’m about to review the last novel I have to read for my MA. Was it an amazing experience about which I’ll write positively? Or a terrible reading experience that I will lambast?

10a. Falling Man Cover

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Neither. I just don’t get it.

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The Thursday Review: World Book Day Special

I’m loath to do two posts in a row not reviewing a first-time read, but as today is World Book Day, I want to do something for that instead.

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As such, here’s a short list of some books from my childhood and adolescence and how they affected me.

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