Miss the decadent 1990’s club scene? Withdraw no more. Re-live your glory days with Superstar DJs Here We Go! The Incredible Rise of Clubland’s Finest.  This is not your average clubber experience, this is about the people behind the scene. The DJs who became the new rockstars and promoters who became rich from superclubs. But as we all know there is no happy ending and the the comedown is always harsher than the high. It’s more about big money, big spending, and hedonistic excesses. After awhile Dom Philips’ voice begins to burn out, regardless that he was an active member of this scene.  After all isn’t this a story we’ve all heard before?

If your nostaglia turns out to be something of a bummer, then there’s Ten Storey Love Song, by new-comer Richard Milward. Taking a similar vein to his critically acclaimed debut novel, Apples, his new novel returns to the same setting, a block of  council flats in Middlesbrough. This time the cast is a drug taking artist, a thief and truck driver  and what happens when artist Bobby is discovered by a famous art dealer. Though don’t expect any happy endings in this one either.

It’s extremely well-crafted, the young Milward gives an unexpectedly compassionate view of these otherwise harsh characters.  Perhaps it’s the details of their lives that bridge compassion between the reader and the characters. But beware if you are easily disturbed by grimy sex scenes or other such bodily filth where you don’t want to know all the details. Think Trainspotting, the book.

Dean Koontz website

Dean Koontz website

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I was not too sure about this novel before I read it, but it actually contains some interesting ideas that move the Frankenstein story on. The Doctor is now interested in creating cloned creatures and this fits with modern knowledge. I really enjoyed the storylines that followed the master, the monster and the police. If the book had only followed these paths it could easily be a 4 star book. However, we are also given a couple of additional storylines that are not as strong and detract from the action.

Website is not great : page doesn’t resemble any of Dean’s fantastic novels, whose main character thrives on ascertaining the greatest feeling out of every situation.

I don’t like the avatar he created for himself, he looks a bit like the lovely Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi :

berlusconi avatar

berlusconi avatar

Sophie Kinsella is a writer and former financial journalist. She is the number one bestselling author of Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess and the hugely popular Shopaholic novels. She lives in London with her husband and family. She is also the author of several bestselling novels under the name of Madeleine Wickham, all published by Black Swan.

Shopaholic & Sister

Becky Bloomwood, America’s favorite shopaholic, is back in a hilarious, heartwarming tale of married life, best friends, and long-lost sisters (and the perils of simply “having” to own an Angel handbag!).
What’s a round-the-world honeymoon if you can’t buy the odd souvenir to ship back home? Like the twenty silk dressing gowns Becky found in Hong Kong…the hand-carved dining table (and ten chairs) from Sri Lanka…the, um, huge wooden giraffes from Malawi (that her husband Luke expressly forbade her to buy)…
Only now Becky and Luke have returned home to London and Luke is furious. Two truckloads of those souvenirs have cluttered up their loft, and the bills for them are outrageous. Luke insists Becky go on a budget. And worse: her beloved best friend Suze has found a new best friend while Becky was away. Becky’s feeling rather blue–when her parents deliver some incredible news. She has a long-lost sister! Becky is thrilled! She’s convinced her sister will be a true soulmate. They’ll go shopping together, have manicures together….Until she meets Jessica for the first time and gets the shock of her life. Surely Becky Bloomwood’s sister can’t…hate shopping?