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February 17, 2014

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I've just finished Ron Rash's "The Cove", and found it excellent. Based in the Appalachian mountains during the WW1 years, it's a wonderful exploration of prejudice and politics. I'd thoroughly recommend it - thsi is my second Rash (after "Serena") and I think he's a very powerful stylist.

"The Cities Of Salt" (Five-part) by Abdul-Rahman Mounif

http://www.theguardian.com/news/2004/feb/05/guardianobituaries.booksobituaries

Hi Scott,
The book I have read so far is Stoner,by John Williams. Late to the party I know,but 4 out of 5 for me.

A Man in Love, by Karl Ove Knausgaard, but Jawbone Lake runs it a close second. I've already got my copy, so don't include me in the mix, I just wanted to put my tuppence-ha'pennny-worth in.

The Gigantic Beard that was Evil by Stephen Collins. In terms of books with more then a couple of hundred words - probably A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.

The Book of Barely Imagined Beings by Caspar Henderson. 'A 21st century bestiary' — terrific readable science book.

Best book I've read this year is By Blood by Ellen Ullman on Pushkin Press. It's by turns intriguing, shocking, disturbing, maddening and amusing. I still think about it a few weeks later and want to read more of her work, which speaks for itself.

I'm about halfway through The Luminaries (Wilkie Collins meets Neal Stephenson) and would love something great to read afterwards.

I've finally gotten around to reading the Virgin Suicides and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Wake by Anna Hope. A great WW1 story.

The Red Men by Matthew de Abaitua. Glitchy fucked up psychedelic near future sci fi (in the loosest sense of the term)

Ahhhh the best book i have read this year..is....Short Nights of the Shadow Catchers....TIMOTHY EGAN..it is fantastic...

The Impostor - Damon Galgut.

I'm about half way through Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner, and already it's the best book I've read this year.
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MacBeth by William Shakespeare. Sleep no more....

Comfort Zone by Brian Aldiss - not kidding

I am not a big reader and I have to admit I haven't read a book yet this year so wouldn't it be great if I could actually say that my first book I read this year was "Jawbone Lake" by the amazing "Ray Robinson" :) xx

White and Red - dirty realism by Dorota Masłowska when she was still a teenager. But it's the only book I've read this year (I'm utterly ashamed to admit).

Third Strike - Zoe Sharp. Picked up on a whim but loved the strong female lead. Louise.

AND THE WINNER IS LEV, CONGRATULATIONS!

(Although we are all winners as we have a bunch of new book recommendations)

(Apart from the losers)

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