‘SALEM’S LOT by Stephen King

‘SALEM’S LOT Stephen King (stephenking.com) Hodder & Stoughton (hodder.co.uk) £9.99 This review/essay originally appeared as part of the King For A Year project, and appears here in its original form, by permission. …the Lot’s knowledge of the country’s torment was academic. Time went on a different schedule there. Nothing too nasty could happen in such […]

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SECURITY by Gina Wohlsdorf

SECURITY Gina Wohlsdorf (www.ginawohlsdorf.com) Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (algonquin.com) £17.99 The grand opening of Manderley Resort, an eyesore on the Santa Barbara Beach, is rapidly approaching. Hotel manager Tessa and her team of chefs, cleaners, and restaurant managers are preparing the hotel and the ballroom for the celebratory gala, while locked away on the […]

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END OF WATCH by Stephen King

END OF WATCH Stephen King (stephenking.com) Hodder & Stoughton (www.hodder.co.uk) £20.00 It has been almost seven years since the City Center Massacre, that fateful April morning when Brady Hartfield drove a grey Mercedes into a crowd of people waiting to attend a job fair in the heartland of recession-struck America. When a worrying trend develops […]

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HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

HEX Thomas Olde Heuvelt (www.oldeheuvelt.com) Translated by Nancy Forest-Flier (jimandnancyforest.com) Hodder & Stoughton (www.hodder.co.uk) £16.99 The town of Black Spring lies on the banks of the Hudson River, close to the military academy at West Point. It looks like any other small town, but its residents are hiding a terrible secret from the rest of […]

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The 2015 Round-Up

As 2015 draws to a close, it’s time to take a step back and reflect on the year that has been. As is now “traditional”, I’ll be using this post to talk about my favourite books of the year, but first a quick blast through some of the non-bookish stuff that happened in the past […]

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FINDERS KEEPERS by Stephen King

FINDERS KEEPERS Stephen King (stephenking.com) Hodder & Stoughton (www.hodder.co.uk) £20.00 “Shit don’t mean shit.” In 1978 reclusive American literary great John Rothstein is murdered in the remote New Hampshire farm where he has spent the past 16 years. His safe is emptied, not only of the cash that he keeps there, but also of 150 […]

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The 2014 Round-Up

As another year draws to a close, it’s time for my annual retrospective of what’s gone on at Reader Dad. There’s a lot to cover this year, so without further ado… THE ROUND-UP As the reading year closes, I have read 65 books this year, more than every year except last year, but I had […]

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REVIVAL by Stephen King

REVIVAL Stephen King (stephenking.com) Hodder & Stoughton (www.hodder.co.uk) £20.00 That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons, even death may die. Aficionados of the horror genre will instantly recognise this couplet as the work of H.P. Lovecraft, an excerpt from his fictional Book of the Dead, the Necronomicon. Referenced in Stephen […]

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