Monthly Archives: February 2018

“The last resort: a short story” by Rajib Mukherjee

“When you have the one thing that could revive a bereaved man in distress, compassion becomes second nature. But what if your empathy puts the love of your life at stake?” The blurb and intriguing cover are what first attracted … Continue reading

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“The secret diary of Hendrik Groen 83 1⁄4 Years Old” by Hendrik Groen

The novel opens with: “Another year, and I still don’t like old people. Their walker shuffle, their unreasonable impatience, their endless complaints, their tea and cookies, their bellyaching.  Me? I am eighty-three years old.” Considering that the basis of this … Continue reading

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“Redferne Lane” my TBR addition that you might be interested in…

Hi bookworms! I thought I’d let you know about a title that I just added to my TBR.  I got a copy of this novel from the publisher directly, but it is available now on NetGalley. Blurb: Ezra had it all … Continue reading

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Daily writing routines of 20 famous authors

Hidden beneath every sentence of your favourite book lies the author’s inspiration and creative machinery. Many writers rely on a writing routine to keep them working at an optimal level. Psychologically, writing routines can provide a sense of comfort and … Continue reading

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“Full circle” by Regina Timothy (#bookexerpt and #giveaway)

ISBN: 978-1981839438 ASIN: B078M7KFDG Price Mass Market Paperback: $14.75 Price E-Book: $2.99 Buy Link: http://amzn.to/2EdNl5L Blurb Eight years after the 9/11 attacks, Samia-Al-Sayyid an Iraqi immigrant is living a quiet life in New York City after she fled her home … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 50 – Books

They say you can never have a second chance to make a good first impression. A book’s cover does just that – gives a first impression. A good cover can make a reader pick up a book. A bad cover can … Continue reading

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“The darkest lies” by Barbara Copperthwaite – Book Review

It is a parent’s worse nightmare. You think you know your child, you think you can protect them, then the unimaginable happens… Beth Oak is almost fourteen.  She lives in a Lincolnshire village with her mother, Melanie, and her father, … Continue reading

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Fictionophile’s major #TBR trim

Last year I wrote six posts that reflected my attempts to cull my TBR down a bit, to make it more reasonable, more manageable.  The sixth attempt left me with 1,848 titles remaining on my Goodreads TBR. With so many … Continue reading

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The Fiction Gender Gap

A fiction gender gap? Yes there is one! Surveys taken in Canada, the United States and England suggest that men account for only about 20% of the fiction market!  Why is this so? Warren Adler writes: “There is ample statistical … Continue reading

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“The case of the missing bubble gum card” by R. Weir

This short story introduces the reader to Jarvis Mann, a struggling private investigator living in Denver, Colorado.  In his mid-thirties and single, Jarvis fancies himself a bit of comedian, though his sarcastic wit often only entertains himself. To save money, … Continue reading

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“The French girl” by Lexie Elliott

“My mind skitters to that week in France, to Seb, to Tom, to Lara, Theo, Caro, Severine, and the spider’s web that entangles and binds us all.”  Ten years ago, six friends, all Oxford University students, went to France for … Continue reading

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Cover love: part 49 – Lips

They say you can never have a second chance to make a good first impression. A book’s cover does just that – gives a first impression. A good cover can make a reader pick up a book. A bad cover can … Continue reading

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“Girl unknown” giveaway winner! + Poll results

 Hello everyone! I want to wish you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day! As many of you know, I ran a giveaway that coincided with the blog tour for “Girl Unknown” by Karen Perry.  The giveaway, which was open to … Continue reading

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“How to stop time” by Matt Haig

“Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old history teacher, but he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen it all. As … Continue reading

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Polls: What do YOU want from Fictionophile?

We bookbloggers are a ‘different’ lot.  We read, we read, we read, but… we also blog. That means that much time is spent at the keyboard.  Not just writing posts, but also trying to maintain communication with other bloggers who … Continue reading

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