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    Reckless: The Petrified Flesh – Cornelia Funke (review)

    “Once upon a time…that’s how it always begins.” That is how Cornelia Funke ends the opening chapter of Reckless: The Petrified Flesh, which is incidentally also titled “Once Upon A Time”. Is it any surprise then that the story is inspired by fairy tales? Specifically, the Grimm Fairytales. I first read the book (back then it was just Reckless) around 2011. Cornelia Funke had already become a favourite with her Inkworld series, and I was excited to read her first novel since. It didn’t disappoint. But the wait for the next one in the series was a long one for…

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    My year in books (2016)

    With a few weeks still to go in 2016 (I’m currently reading The Sportswriter by Richard Ford), a count of 54 books read so far this year isn’t the worst number to end with. After starting the year off in style at the Jaipur Literary Festival (my first experience that you can read all about on my Huffington Post blog), 2016 involved me reading new works from old favourites (Lee Child, Cornelia Funke, Rick Riordan), even as I explored in more detail authors I’d first read over the last two years and loved (Neil Gaiman, Amy Tan, Anita Shreve, Maggie…

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