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My top 10 books of 2016
  10. Tender - McKeon, Belinda Kindle edition Heady college days. Two friends, Catherine and James. James is vibrant and energetic. Catherine is whiney and clingy. These characters border very close to being very irritating but McKeon, a master in exploring...
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23 Quick book reviews from the first half of 2016
I'm getting lazier and lazier with book reviews these days and find it easier to do a  bunch together. Here's a quick review of 23 books. Lucia - Hixon, Andy One of the first books in my ongoing collection of non-superhero...
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A year in books 2015
That was a great year for books. I've just finished my Goodreads challenge of reading 50 books in 2015. First time doing a challenge. It kept me on my toes. And I got to read a lot of amazing books: 20 Female...
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Two shit books
With most books that I don’t enjoy, I can still appreciate the writing or see why other people might enjoy them - and just think this isn't for me for one reason or another. But now and then a book...
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June / July Reads
My Struggle, Book 1 - Knausgård, Karl Ove Everyone is talking about these books lately, so I found My Struggle to be enjoyable but slightly overhyped.  I wasn’t sure what to make of it at times; it's so incredibly pretentious in parts...
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A few book reviews
After Dark - Haruki Murakami (Kindle) A short book that’s much more about mood than narrative. It’s like Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks brought to life. Mari goes from cafe to cafe, visits a Japanese Love Hotel, and meets various characters, during...
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A girl is a half formed thing
I remember going through a stage of reading book after book and wondering why every single novelist writes in the exact same style. Now and then you might find someone with a slight lilt to their style (Kevin Barry springs...
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Memrise – Sharing the love!
Some fads come and some fads go but it’s nearly 4 years now since I started using Memrise, and it’s still my favourite web site and the one I spend more time on than any other. I consider it my favourite waste of...
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Glow – Audiobook
Glow is a mysterious new drug popping up on the rave scene in London. Raf has a rare disorder called non-24-hour-sleep-wake, and guards the transmitter of pirate radio station. Raf's friend has vanished. Urban Foxes are acting strange. And corporate...
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The Horde
I wrote this article for the Journal.ie last year, but it never got published. Seems very topical again... - - - - - - - - - - - - - - I’ve been to the Mater Hospital A&E about...
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