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Past Imperfect by Julian Fellowes

Today’s young, in righteous, understandable defence of their own time, generally reject our reminiscences about a golden age

“Past Imperfect,” by “Downton Abbey” writer Julian Fellowes, plays out an interesting premise — rich old bastard Damian Baxter hires his estranged friend to track down five women from their past before he dies (and his death is imminent), for the purpose of discerning whether he is the father of any of their children.

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The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Imagine a mansion that’s slowly decaying from lack of care. Imagine the house in its glory days and all the people who used to look up at it with wonder and then forced to see it become nothing due to poor money management.

No, I’m not talking about We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. I’m talking about “The Little Stranger” – a book I realized was the source of a movie I’ve seen a few years ago only after the first chapter was finished and the little boy broke off an acorn from the house mantle. Sarah Waters sets her latest novel in post-World War II Warwickshire and tries her hand at an Old Dark House.

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Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer Book Review (Book 1)

“Fortune favours the brave”

I remember reading this book just as I entered High School about 20 odd years ago and I can say upon re-reading it that it has aged well in some aspects and it’s still a very entertaining read.

The story follows (much like First Among Equals and The Fourth Estate and As the crow flies) two men locked in a battle of wits spanning across multiple decades.
One is William Lowell Kane, the son of a Boston Millionaire, the other is Abel Rosnovski, a penniless Polish immigrant who becomes the head of The Baron Group and multi-millionaire by the time he’s 50.

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The Dumb Things Smart People Do with Their Money, Thirteen Ways to Right Your Financial Wrongs – Jill Schlesinger

I ran across this book by mistake and I decided to give it a go seeing that I’ve had my fill of fantasy novels. The book shows a practical approach in managing money and gives positive and negative examples along the way. I had to skip a few chapters as I felt they were too preachy and some which don’t actually apply to me as a person (but who knows, they might apply to someone else).

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Parrot and Olivier in America – Peter Carey Book Review

Novel set around 1830 and narrated alternately by Parrot (the son of an English engraver killed for unwittingly participating in a Dartmoor counterfeiting ring) and Olivier (the grandson of a Nobel guillotined in the revolution and whose family cautiously support restoration).

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Robin Hood – The most immoral human symbol – Excerpt from Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)

I freakishly love Atlas Shrugged. This mammoth of a book from the Objectivist Ayn Rand.

This is a small excerpt from the middle of the book – just after laws were given to rob from the rich and give to the poor, to make all men equal (which is in today’s world called The Robin Hood Tax).

“I’m after a man whom I want to destroy. He died many centuries ago, but until the last trace of him is wiped out of men’s minds, we will not have a decent world to live in.”
“What man?”
“Robin Hood.”
Rearden looked at him blankly, not understanding

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Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin

Have you ever found a shortcut that others couldn’t find? Solved a problem that confounded your family? Seen a way to make something work that wasn’t working before? Made a personal connection with someone who was out of reach to everyone else?

Few authors have had the kind of lasting impact and global reach that Seth Godin has had. In a series of now-classic books that have been translated into 36 languages and reached millions of readers around the world, he has taught generations of readers how to make remarkable products and spread powerful ideas. In Linchpin, he turns his attention to the individual, and explains how anyone can make a significant impact within their organization.

This book is about love and art and change and fear. It’s about overcoming a multi-generational conspiracy designed to sap your creativity and restlessness. It’s about leading and making a difference and it’s about succeeding.

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A Prisoner of Birth * Jeffrey Archer

WOW. Just WOW. I loved this book! I think the time Jeffrey Archer spent in jail did wonders to his insight into the way the system works and what type of characters you can expect to see in a prison.

He did writeCat o’nine tales which is a short collection of stories collected from prison but this book takes the whole lot to a new level. If you’ve read The Count of Monte Cristo, you’ll definitely see some resemblance.

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Seeds of Yesterday * Book 4 * V.C Andrews Book Review

After reading book 1, Flowers in the Attic , Petals in the wind and If there be thorns, I decided to continue reading the story of the Dollanger kids.

And so it came to pass, I started reading the next dark chapter in a strange, chilling tale of passion and peril was delivered, but it was neither strange or chilling, being instead a bad convoluted mess. This is as bad as the previous books but I rate this one 1/5 for one cute section about love. (See end of page for it)

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Jessica Ruston’s Luxury Book Review

Sex, glamour, night life, sexy rollers, business tycoons and a lot of drama!

The book starts off slow (I nearly abandoned after the first 10-20 pages), but with a bit of coffee and a lot of determination, I started plowing through it and I was surprised how good it turned out to be! It’s a solid 3.5/5 🙂 So if you bought it, there is definitely a case for you to finish it! If you like Jackie Collins books, Sydney Sheldon and also some Nora Roberts, you will definitely enjoy this one!

This is the story of 4 people and a love triangle. A story about a dream of an island resort and about the rise and fall to power of the rich and famous.