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Len Deighton’s Bomber: The First Novel Written by a Word Processor

Len Deighton's Bomber: The First Novel Written by a Word Processor

I always read through entire books. I’m not saying that to be a snob, but most Acknowledgments at the end of a book, give you a glimpse into a short commentary on the book process itself. However, I was thrown for a loop when I was reading the Acknowledgements of Bomber by Len Deighton, when I read the sentence; “This is perhaps the first book to be entirely recorded on magnetic tape for the I.B.M.72IV.”

Deighton’s modesty aside, “this is perhaps,” is definitely modest, the sentence was something that I couldn’t just read, it had to be looked into.

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12 Great Opening Lines from Recent Reads

12 Great Opening Lines from Recent Reads

Believe it or not, the opening line of a book can truly shape the entire experience of reading it. Much like the opening scene to a movie, an author can choose to bring us straight into the action or build a slowly burning sense of purpose through their words.

With that in mind, I wanted to discuss the 12 best opening lines from books I’ve recently read, but I had a decision to make before I got started. I wasn’t sure what the criteria should be. Should it be the prologue, for those that have a prologue, or should it be the first line from chapter one because all of them had a chapter one?

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Spoiler Free Review

The Coldest Winter Review

A Spoiler Free Review of The Coldest Winter by Antony Johnston

It’s not often that a prequel can outshine the original, but such is the case with The Coldest Winter, where Antony Johnston weaves a tale even more gripping than the one he told in The Coldest City. Also set in Berlin, yet taking place eight years prior to the events of City, The Coldest Winter finds us in the midst of the Cold War with a more complex and thrilling spy noir story. The back cover reads; “After a string…

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