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Floating Twigs, by Charles Tabb

After Jack Turner finds a starving dog while fishing with friends, he talks his alcoholic parents into letting him keep the dog he names Bones, provided Jack can earn the money to care for him. In the process of finding work, Jack meets Hank Pittman, a middle-aged man who lives in a dilapidated school bus at the harbor. A friendship ensues, and Hank becomes the caring father Jack lacks at home despite the fact Hank is hiding his own secrets as he tries to escape his past.

When Jack meets Mrs. Mary Jane Dawson, he starts working as her gardener, but trouble brews in the form of gossip and lies that threaten Jack's relationships with Hank and Mrs. Dawson, as well as Bones's life. After initially ignoring the gossip, Jack finds he must face the lies and discovers love carries with it a responsibility to others. When Hank is accused of a crime he didn't commit, Jack must find a way to convince a jury of the truth, a difficult task when even his own parents refuse to believe him.

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This is a story about my fourteenth year of life as a gay kid at an all-boys rugby-mad Catholic school in regional Queensland. It was a year in which I started to discover who I was, and deeply hated what was revealed. It was a year in which I had my first crush and first devastating heartbreak. It was a year of torment, bullying and betrayal – not just at the hands of my peers, but by adults who were meant to protect me.

And it was a year that almost ended tragically.

Published in March this year.

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9 minutes ago, Marty said:

Published in March this year.

Sounds great, thanks Marty. I'm definitely adding this to my birthday wishlist.  :D 

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1 hour ago, Page Scrawler said:

Sounds great, thanks Marty. I'm definitely adding this to my birthday wishlist.  :D 

I've just signed up to a free month's trial of Audible and downloaded the audio version of the book as my One Book Free introductory offer. Read by the author.  Once I've listened to it, I'll likely then cancel my subscription, then look for a copy of the book itself (hopefully the price will drop soon).

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Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire, by John August

The first book was good. The second one was decent, but the final book in the trilogy ended with a fizzle. <_<

 

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I'm almost finished a re-read of the Modesty Blaise series by Peter O'Donnell. - wonderfully addictive action thrillers by an author I class as a master storyteller.

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Recently I recommended to a friend a book by Alan Dean Foster. It's called Into the Out Of.

It starts off creepy. It ends fantastically. If you like horror done in a way where the monsters are examples of true, unrepentant evil, then this is your book.

I've read it three times over the years, and each time, it makes me take second glances a those small, dark places lurking about the yard and house.

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1 hour ago, Wayne Gray said:

Recently I recommended to a friend a book by Alan Dean Foster. It's called Into the Out Of.

It starts off creepy. It ends fantastically. If you like horror done in a way where the monsters are examples of true, unrepentant evil, then this is your book.

I've read it three times over the years, and each time, it makes me take second glances a those small, dark places lurking about the yard and house.

Hmm! I don't know this one and after your description I'll definitely look out for it.

I've read stacks of A D Foster, with my favorites being Pip and Flinx series and the Damned, and pretty much enjoy them all.

 

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13 hours ago, Palantir said:

Hmm! I don't know this one and after your description I'll definitely look out for it.

I've read stacks of A D Foster, with my favorites being Pip and Flinx series and the Damned, and pretty much enjoy them all.

It's just so well done. Foster always crafts a great read, but Into the Out Of is something else. I hope you find and enjoy it!

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