RAGE by Richard Bachman

RAGE Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman (stephenking.com) Currently unavailable Today is the day that Charles Everett Decker is going to “get it on.” Charlie, as he’s known by those around him, arrives at his early-morning algebra class with his father’s pistol and a pocketful of ammunition. After shooting dead his teacher, he takes his […]

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LATER by Stephen King

LATER Stephen King (stephenking.com) Hard Case Crime (hardcasecrime.com) £8.99 Looking back on it, I sometimes think my life was like a Dickens novel, only with swearing. From a young age Jamie Conklin has been able to see dead people. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell, because they don’t look like anyone’s conventional idea of a ghost, […]

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IF IT BLEEDS by Stephen King

IF IT BLEEDS Stephen King (stephenking.com) Hodder & Stoughton (www.hodder.co.uk) £20 We are living through strange – nay, unprecedented – times, and it has been said more than once that 2020 feels like we’re living through a Stephen King novel. As fans of post-apocalyptic fiction, we’ve lived through this scenario, through the escapism provided by […]

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THE INSTITUTE by Stephen King

THE INSTITUTE Stephen King (stephenking.com) Hodder & Stoughton (hodder.co.uk) £20 Luke Ellis is twelve years old when he is abducted from his bed while his parents are murdered in theirs. When he awakes, he finds himself in a room that is almost exactly like his bedroom at home, but it doesn’t take Luke long to […]

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The 2018 Round-Up

As a new year dawns, it’s time to look back on my reading habits for the past twelve months, and pick out those books that really stood out for me this year. As I do so, it occurs to me that I didn’t do a 2017 round-up, thereby depriving my regular reader of the wisdom […]

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THE OUTSIDER by Stephen King

THE OUTSIDER Stephen King (stephenking.com) Hodder & Stoughton (www.hodder.co.uk) £20.00 When Frank Peterson’s young body is found, abused and mutilated, all of the eye-witnesses agree that the last time they saw him alive, he was with Terry Maitland, coach of Flint City, Oklahoma’s Little League team and all-round upstanding citizen. Forensic evidence also points to […]

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YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT by Daniel Kehlmann

YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT Daniel Kehlmann (www.kehlmann.com) Translated by Ross Benjamin (www.rossmbenjamin.com) Riverrun (www.quercusbooks.co.uk) £10.00 A writer heads to the hills, retreating to a snow-bound chalet, with his wife and four-year-old daughter to try and write a sequel to his breakthrough film. While the solitude should allow them to enjoy each other as family, the […]

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