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Indian Maidens Bust Loose by Vidya Samson

Indian Maidens Bust Loose by Vidya SamsonIndependent and Self-Publishing are possibly the hottest and most contentious topics in the literary world today. Although I am wholeheartedly behind this trend, as a reader and reviewer, it is unfortunately the case that I do see far too many books of a standard that vindicates the argument of mainstream publishers that their old style gate-keeping is the last bastion of quality.

Thankfully, I also come across novels such as Vidya Samson’s Indian Maidens Bust Loose, which are as well written and edited as anything I read from larger publishers but may simply not meet their commercial requirements, or perhaps even the author’s own plans for their work.

I do have to point out before you read the review, that at the time of writing  Indian Maidens Bust Loose is only available in eBook format, so apologies to those without access to eReaders.

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The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen

The Bird Sisters by Rebecca RasmussenThere seems to be quite a buzz surrounding the impending publication of Rebecca Rasmussen’s debut novel The Bird Sisters, which is due to hit the shelves on April 12th 2011. I was therefore keen to get hold of a review copy; Rebecca kindly responded promptly to my request, and after reading it, I have to say I was mightily impressed.

I read and review a rather eclectic mix of styles and genres, and that variety is a great part of the joy of reading for me, but it is novels such as this one, that really have the power to reach inside you and pluck those emotional strings that are my true favourites.

We aren’t far into 2011 as I write this, and I’m lucky enough to have already read some excellent books, but I have to say if I read a better one than this in what remains of the year, then it is going to have to be a phenomenal piece of work.

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February by Lisa Moore

February by Lisa MooreThe novel February by Canadian author Lisa Moore was one of my “outsider” choices to read from the 2010 Man Booker Prize longlist. Certainly the cover didn’t really mark it down as my sort of book, but nevertheless the jacket notes sounded intriguing so in the end I thought I would give it a try.

Moore is without doubt a talented writer, but I was left with mixed feelings on reaching the end of February. Find out why below.

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Those of you who have visited Novel Suggestions previously may have cottoned on by now that I am hugely drawn to books that open my eyes to far off lands and lifestyles. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao certainly fit the bill in that respect as I have to admit that prior to reading it I was more than a little ignorant of the people and politics of the Dominican Republic.

This winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction gives not only a good insight into the the beauty of the country, but also a taste of its cruel history. It is certainly a novel full of energy, romance and more than a touch of sadness.

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