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Again and again and again

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟➕ A slim volume packed with luminous insight, cleverly recursive in its themes of time, love and death, and surrounding it all - a haunting ode to awareness, and the infinitely contradictory path a lifetime of self-reflection, (peppered with the unconscious memories and associations of decades spent learning) opens us…

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Case Files

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A combination of short, edgy crime stories, and a few that are somewhat longer, (chapter-based), the final one featuring a trainee Detective Kay Hunter (who is featured a long-running book series). With the author’s knack for writing atmospheric, twisty short stories, many of which contain clever and surprising endings,…

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My First Popsicle

🌟🌟🌟🌟 💫 Heartwarming and cozy, like cocoa before a warm fire, this book explores the random thoughts and musings expressed by a group of actors, creatives, writers, directors and artists, (most of them with only a personal, and not professional, involvement with food) when asked to create an essay for…

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Peripheral Visions

🌟🌟🌟🌟 An affecting and poignant collection of short stories, each of them featuring strong characterization and a struggle, of some sort, with deep and emotional impact, arising out of the kinds of quandaries ordinary people - people just like us - can end-up finding themselves lost in. Several of the…

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Music of the Night

🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 A feast for lovers of contemporary crime fiction, this stellar collection of 25 stories, all written by members of CWA and embracing a theme of music, is both a must read and a rare and captivating treat. With stories reaching broadly across the crime genre, including procedural police investigations,…

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Home of the Floating Lily

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The eight stories in this wonderful collection will sneak up on you - so perfectly curated are they that you will find yourself carried away to a time and a place as evocative and immersive as if you were lost in the pages of a full-length novel. Very reminiscent…

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Always Never, Rarely Sometimes

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 With a story-telling style (and hints of magic) reminiscent of Ray Bradbury, and populated by darkly flat-affect characters straight out of Patricia Highsmith, this set of short stories is interesting, unusual and intriguingly compelling. Each of the stories features a story spun around a main protagonist (and in…

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Backstories

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 What fun! The stories in this wonderful book are all “backstories” - they tell the tale of someone we know; someone who is famous, (or infamous), for some talent they have, or something they may have accomplished, or in some cases, something that was done to them -…

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In Other Words

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I had no idea what to expect on approaching this book - and ended up being totally blown away by it. A collection of eight stories created by the unique voices of a set of authors on the spectrum for autism, this book represents an exciting foray into a…

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