Author Archives: Fictionophile

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.

Perverse English language (take 2 – why learning English is hard)

A while back I wrote a post “Glorious, complicated, perverse English language” in which I lamented how very difficult it must be for non-native English speakers to learn the language. This morning I came across a post that exemplifies just … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 33 – Lawn chairs

The covers of novels entice the reader to enter a different world. Covers are, after all, the way the publisher ‘hooks‘ the reader into choosing one book over countless others. In keeping with a summer theme, in this, my thirty-third installment of ‘Cover Love‘, … Continue reading

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“Malagash” by Joey Comeau

As soon as I saw this title offered on NetGalley, I just knew I had to read it. The place name alone cinched it. As I sit in my cottage on a warm, though blustery day, I am just a … Continue reading

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“Call of the undertow” by Linda Cracknell

Back when I was working as a library cataloger I used to keep a running list of those titles that really appealed to me as possible reads. (two notebooks full) One of those titles was “Call of the undertow” by … Continue reading

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“Grief cottage” by Gail Godwin

Marcus Harshaw is eleven years old, but he has an old soul. He and his mother lived together in semi-poverty sharing a bedroom. An only child, he was studious and dependable. Serious and academically advanced, Marcus excelled at school and … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday (an old favorite recommended)

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason. This week … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 32 – Islands

The covers of novels entice the reader to enter a different world. Covers are, after all, the way the publisher ‘hooks‘ the reader into choosing one book over countless others. In this, my thirty-second installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I’d like to show you books that … Continue reading

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“Local girl missing” by Claire Douglas

Frankie and Sophie were best friends from early childhood. Sophie Collier came to Oldcliffe-On-Sea with her mother and brother when they ran away from Sophie’s abusive father.  Francesca (Frankie) Howe lived with her affluent mother and father in the seaside … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday (an old favorite recommended)

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason. This week … Continue reading

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“Beyond the wild river” by Sarah Maine

“Beyond the wild river” has two distinct timelines. A short one in 1888 in Scotland and the other larger one five years later in the United States and Canada.  Set during a time when class and gender were a greater … Continue reading

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