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Stephen King 2Trump Supporters' Attempt At Stephen King Boycott Backfires Spectacularly

Hiffington Post, Rebecca Shapiro


Fans of President Donald Trump called for a boycott of the new film “It” because of author Stephen King’s relentless criticism of the president.

It didn’t work.

The highly anticipated movie smashed box office records and is expected to earn a whopping $117 million during its opening weekend.


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The Dark Tower 'The Dark Tower': Everything You Need to Know About the Stephen King Fantasy Epic

Rolling Stone, Noel Murray


Back in the long-ago age of 1978, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction published a novella called The Gunslinger by Stephen King, who at the time had just rocketed from obscurity to the best-seller list with his books Carrie, 'Salem's Lot, The Shining and The Stand. Already regarded as a master of horror fiction, the author proved just as adept at epic fantasy, telling a story about an archetypal western hero named Roland, on a quest through a mystical desert on a ravaged parallel Earth, in pursuit of a wily "Man in Black" and a mythical "Dark Tower."


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The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

The fifth in the Millennium series that began with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the global publishing phenomenon.


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo lives on.


Lisbeth Salander is an unstoppable force:


The ChemistStephenie Meyer brews a tasty thriller with 'The Chemist'

USA Today, Charles Finch

Stephenie Meyer — world-conquering begetter of Twilight, creator of vampires who glitter in the sunlight — has written an engrossing new novel called The Chemist, which would seem at first glance to be a radical departure for her.It’s a thriller for adults in the vein of David Baldacci or Lee Child, pitting a scientist against the shadowy government figures who once employed her, then tried to eliminate her.
There are no werewolves around.

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Silent CornerThe Silent Corner: a Novel of Suspense

Daily Herald, Jeff Ayers


FBI agent Jane Hawk must go rogue and stay completely off the grid if she's going to uncover the truth behind a personal tragedy in Dean Koontz's latest gripping thriller, The Silent Corner.


Hawk had a wonderful job and a loving husband. One day he leaves her a cryptic message and takes his own life. In her grief, she takes a leave of absence from the FBI and tries to figure out why he killed himself. She soon uncovers what she sees as a vast conspiracy of dozens of people who seemingly had no reason to commit suicide while leaving behind bizarre messages supposedly justifying the deed.


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Get SA GrowingBooks: Insight into the economy

Financial Mail, Prakash Naidoo


Unemployment, poverty and a volatile rand suggest that South Africans have been poorly served by the economic choices of our government.

In his book Get South Africa Growing, Brian Kantor, one of SA’s pre-eminent economists, advances spirited arguments for freer markets and less government intervention and regulation of the economy.


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Good DaughterThe Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter review: The best suspense novel of the year

Express, James Murray


He never trusts lying, bullying cops, feels magnetically drawn to underdogs and bends over backwards to justify appalling acts of violence perpetrated by those who hire him.

However, his idealism is put to the ultimate test when one of the twisted souls he saved from jail visits his home to say he has no intention of paying long-awaited legal bills. Bestselling author Karin Slaughter shows how the violent at heart behave when events don’t go to plan.


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the Tigers Prey

A cyclone of nonstop action-adventure with enough swordplay and bodice-ripping to recall the Errol Flynn swashbuckler pirate movies of old.

Kirkus Reviews


Tom is persona non grata in England, suspected of murdering his brother Black Billy, but he's done well in exile. Currently he’s trading along the East African coast. It’s perilous, though. Tom must avoid the East India Company, which enforces its monopoly with its own military. There are also dread pirates. In fact, a recent confrontation cost Tom his ship. Now he’s retreated to Cape Town to outfit a new ship, Kestrel. With his brother Dorian and their wives aboard, the Kestrel’s fleet enough to slip into the East India Company’s rich territory. All goes well until a monsoon tosses Tom’s crew into the clutches of a vicious jungle queen.


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Light we lostLove Means Growing Up: The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

Chigago Now, Kelly Konrad


Jill Santopolo's The Light We Lost is an easy-to-get-lost-in read, meant to pull at your heartstrings and have you comparing it to Me Before You.

The book's protagonist and sole narrator, Lucy Carter, begins the story as a college student in New York City and finishes the tale a married mother of three, with a successful career as a television producer. In the end, I think we are supposed to weep for her. A little? A Lot? Depends on the reader and your take on romantic relationships of all kinds — in this case, those that lead to a life together.


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Original Ginny moon

In Benjamin Ludwig’s new novel, Ginny Moon’s “Forever Family” do their best to help her adjust, but they aren’t privy to the secrets from her past that make it impossible to let go.

The Star, Tara Henley


In Ginny Moon, we find the titular character living in the “Blue House” with her “Forever Mom,” Maura Moon, and “Forever Dad,” Brian Moon. Having bounced from one foster care placement to another, Ginny has finally landed at this, her “Forever Home.” She listens to the music of idol Michael Jackson, eats precisely nine grapes at a time, watches movies, follows rules religiously — and pines for the Baby Doll she had at age nine, when she was forcibly removed from the care of her abusive, drug-addicted mother, Gloria.


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Love StoryMegabestseller Kingsbury on crafting “life-changing fiction” that “connects with the heart”

Publisher's Weekly


While love, forgiveness, loss, redemption, and, of course, God are dominant themes in her writing, Karen Kingsbury’s work can’t be pigeonholed as Christian fiction. “It is important to me that people not of the Christian faith read my work,” Kingsbury says. “When I hear that more than half of my readers are not Christian believers, I smile. It tells me that I’m writing strong fiction, stories that connect with the heart. That’s my goal.”


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Man BookerMan Booker prize 2017 longlist – in pictures

The Guardian


Find out more about the 13 novels in contention this year for the most prestigious prize in the British books world.


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the lesser bohemian The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride review – a brilliant evocation of sex and intimacy

The Guardian,


Reading the opening pages of The Lesser Bohemians, I wondered if I might still be in the world of A Girl is a Half-formed Thing. Here was a diffident 18-year-old Irish girl talking, writing or thinking in Eimear McBride’s characteristic broken sentences, gliding between the demotic and the lyrical. “Daub my soul with a good few pints til my mouth swings wide with unutterable shite. Laughing lots too, like it’s true. Worldening maybe, I think. I hope.” I felt anxious that the voice that had seemed to be created for the heroine of A Girl had suddenly become the voice of an apparently different character, and that we were expected to accept this and read these sentences as though for the first time.


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