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All Her Father’s Guns by James Warner

All Her Father's Guns by James WarnerI have fallen so far behind with my reviews recently due to other commitments (not least, the writing of my own novel) but I simply had to find time to bring this one to the top of the review pile. I received James Warner’s novel All Her Father’s Guns to review just before Christmas, after reading some samples on his website. I am so glad that I got hold of a copy, as it turned out to be one of the most pleasant reading surprises of 2010.

To the best of my knowledge, this is James Warner’s first novel, and the slick writing style coupled with his dark, dark humour have certainly whetted my appetite for more.

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Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross

Mister Peanut by Adam RossI finished reading Adam Ross’s novel Mr. Peanut over a week ago, and I’ve been beating myself up over whether or not to write a review. As regular visitors will know, I only publish reviews of novels that I would recommend other people should read. Mr. Peanut left me in a bit of a quandary, in that to me at least, it ran a fine line between brilliant and annoying.

The book is certainly rather different from the norm, and could be said to sit across multiple genres. It is not your typical crime novel, and neither does it sit perfectly comfortably in the literary fiction section. After letting myself ruminate on it for a few days however, the elements that slightly annoyed me began to fade in importance, and my remaining impression is one of a somewhat unusual, but very intelligently and absorbingly written piece of fiction. Will it be to your own taste though?

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Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk

Survivor by Chuck PalahniukChuck Palahniuk’s inexorable rise to cult status has continued unabated since the widespread success of his first published novel Fight Club, which was later made into an equally widely acclaimed film.

Published in 1996, Survivor followed up this success and also cemented Palahniuk’s growing reputation for originality and sharp satire.

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Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

Breakfast of Champions by Kurt VonnegutI think it’s fair to say that Kurt Vonnegut’s writing tends to polarise people, you either love his work or hate it. Always quirky and full of the unexpected, he has a knack of exposing the madness of the everyday world and laying it bare in a way that is often highly amusing.

Breakfast of Champions which was first published in 1973, certainly continues in this theme, having many of those all too rare “laugh out loud” moments.

Kurt Vonnegut died in 2007, several weeks after a fall at his home in which he suffered brain injuries. I would say genius is a much over-used word, but certainly one that is safe to use when referring to the late Vonnegut.

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