Book Review: Red Days by M L Sparrow (published by M L Sparrow)
Red Days is a novella rather than a novel and tells the story of Keiko, an English woman of Japanese descent. She is a journalist for a small newspaper in London and her world is changed forever when her editor sends her to Japan to report on the annual Taiji dolphin slaughter after a (real-life) documentary called The Cove airs at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The film shines a light on the horror of Japanese fishermen who herd and kill dolphins for the meat as well as capture some for aquariums, marine parks and ‘swim with dolphin’ establishments around the world. This story is based on true events and starts in 2009, into present day and onwards in the author’s imagination.
Audiobook Review: The Girls by Emma Cline (published by Random House)
The Girls is set in Northern California in the late sixties and this novel contrasts the dreamy, hazy summer days, the drug taking and relaxed hippy vibes of that time with the violent, senseless murders carried out by members of a cult. It is loosely based on the real events of the murders committed by Charles Manson and his cult in 1969.
Audiobook Review: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (published by Riverhead Books)
I started listening to this audiobook in December 2016 and finished in June 2017. That’s seven months of listening to this twenty-six hour audiobook but boy, what a journey! This is an EPIC book. And what an incredible performance by the seven audiobook narrators. There were a few times that I thought about throwing in the towel but I’m pleased I stuck it out as I *loved* this book by the end.
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