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THICK NOT STUPID – poetry compt. entry 2016


She’s thick as and disobedient , he knows that all too well ,

but she’s his bitch and he loves her , even though she gives him hell .

And she whimpers when she can’t see him , when he’s out of sight

and he curses her for snoring , every single night .

And when thunder’s rocking roundabouts , she always hear it first  ,Working_dog_edit

she’ll start her whingeing and her whining , that always wakes him

with a curse . “ What the hell , you crazy bitch , what’s been rarking you ? “

then she’ll try and snuggle her way onto his bed  a bed made for one not two .

He’ll be lying there pretending , that he’s gone back to sleep ,

then he’ll smell her breath , all stinky , panting warm against his cheek ,

then she’ll place one paw upon the bed and look him sadly in the eyes ,

he’ll weaken then and say to her , “ Ok , but just this time “.

Then a little bit later on down the track , he sees the flash , then hears the crack ,

as the thunder rolls around the hills and when it’s over and all is still ,

they’ll be lying there , then he’ll hear her sigh , he’ll think to himself

The cunning bitch I’ll bet she’s bloody smiling .  


© Hugh Wilson


WHERE IS THE SMILE OF YOU – poetry compt. entry 2016

Where is the smile of you


the smile of you

sitting in the shadows of someone’s tearssmiling walrus

the smile of you

giving warmth to the one you do not know

the smile of you

not judging what you can not understand

the smile of you



© Patya Green


CHRISTMAS EVE – Poetry compt. entry 2016

Christmas Eve 2015

 Twas the night before Christmas,

In the darkness we made our camp,

Lighting the way with a single lamp,

The house has been empty six months or nigh,

And she gently, quietly let out a sigh.

Her new chimney decorated with lights over stone,

And beneath her stood a little tree all alone.chimney lights

Decorated with one heart and two pinecones,

She let out a sigh of relief in knowing that she won’t be empty, alone and bereft,

On the most special of nights,

In the pale moonlit lights,

She held us, tucked us gently,

A lady, a man and a little white dog quietly slept,

The memories of past Christmas in hearts safely kept.


© Lindy Campbell


I HEAR YOUR FOOTSTEPS – poetry compt. entry 2016

I hear your footsteps, so faint

Like a feather hitting a soft red velvet pillow.

I hear them coming with a beating pulse no louder than an eyelash brushing your skin as you awaken.

'Flower In Baby Toes' by Augenwerke-Fotografie

‘Flower In Baby Toes’ by Augenwerke-Fotografie

The footsteps lightly sound, drumming as you grow, soft and hidden.

They have not touched the earth yet but your toes are like perfect pearls, pink and glowing.

I know you are coming, your presence loud but voice small.

Keep marching, coming forward , get stronger, get closer, keep marching.

We await you and we will breathe deeply once your feet wiggle and curl.


© Lindy Campbell

THE ROUTE TO HAVELOCK – Poetry compt. entry 2016

The route to Havelock

 The route to Havelock’s festooned

with fleeting glimpses, haunting shreds.

In half a century this road’s

Become engraved with details of

Our lives: a picnic with our mum

by someone’s macrocarpa hedge;

the silver needle spied by Stew:

The spillway from our grandad’s dam;

The dairy factory at KukuKuku_Dairy_Factory_closeup

Where Dudley daily took his milk,

who went to war at just fifteen.

(They wouldn’t take the family horse.)

Here’s Con and Wendy’s wedding place,

Here’s his Centenary logo,

Here’s Josh’s corner, Will’s first job,

(Hitch-hiking weekly all that year,

Paekakariki to Potts Hill);

The fencepost snapped by Giles’s head.

The waving hands that used to hail

A traveller along the plain

Expunged now, tidied up and gone.


© Rozel Pharazyn (Woodville)

TEARS – poetry compt. entry 2016


Let the tears quietly cascade down your checks like un-touched waves.

Full of emotion, in those tiny droplets, nobody will really know the full extent of them.

Let the salty concoction of emotion and mystery run off your already tear-stained cheeks and drop to the floor, for in later minutes to evaporate into the air above your head.

To be never seen again by a human eye.

To never be interpreted or discovered by anyone who will look, above their head to where tears evaporate.

Let the tidal waved of emotions calm in your head, let the golden sand beach settle in the sun.tears

Nobody will know the damage the storm has done, as the tears evaporate above your head.


© Robhi-Ann Torrance


Girl waits with gun!

Author Amy Stewart  has done a marvellous job fictionalizing the true story of one of America’s first female deputy sheriffs, Constance Kopp, in the novel ‘Girl waits with gun’. Personally, I found this novel very entertaining, a real pager turner that I finished all too quickly.

girl waits with gunThirty-something Constance and her younger sisters Norma and Fleurette, live on an isolated farm in New York State, where their late mother had hidden them away from society to avoid a scandal. One day, in town, their buggy is crashed into by a new-fangled motor vehicle driven by silk factory boss, Henry Kaufman.  Refusing to pay the repair fee of $50, even after Constance visits him at his factory, the Kopp sisters report him to the police. And then the threats begin. Their home becomes something of a fortress as Kaufman and his gang of thugs begin a programme of intimidation, which escalates as time goes by.

Constance becomes increasingly involved with the sheriff’s department as she tries to assist them in finding some evidence to apprehend Kaufman. In addition, one of his factory girls secretly approaches her to confide that she has a child by Henry, and he has kidnapped him, but she is too afraid to go to the police. When this same girl disappears, Constance feels obliged to track them both down.

I highly recommend this book, and look forward to the second adventure of Constance Kopp, “Lady cop makes trouble” due to be published September 2016.

reviewed by Natalie

Share your love of poetry! Open mic poetry evening

Enjoy an evening of engaging and entertaining poetry at Woodville Library.  Bring along some poetry to recite (tips here) – either your own, or your favourite poets, or both. Or simply come to enjoy the recitations.

When:  Wednesday 24 August 2016, 6.30 to 8.30 pm.

Where: Woodville Library, 42 Vogel Street, Woodville, NZ.

Cost:  Entry by gold coin donation/koha. Adults 18+ only.

Supper:  Non-alcoholic refreshments and supper provided. BYO permitted.

Coming? Tell us by 19 August.  Please register your intention to come by telling staff at any branch of Tararua District Library, or email your name to

Poster - Tararua District Library - Phantom Stickers National Poetry Day Open Mic Poetry Evening at Woodville Library - August 2016




Online Poetry Competition 2016 – get writing!

From 11 July to 22 August 2016, Tararua District Library is marking National Poetry Day with an online Poetry Competition. Open to all NZ residents aged 18 years and over.

Submit up to four of your own original unpublished poems to  Up to two poems per entrant will be published online in our blog and maybe Facebook.

Prizes for the best two poems as judged by local author Muriel Cowan.

Need some tips?  Learn about writing poetry here  or call in to your local library to borrow one of our many poetry books.

Please read the rules:

  1. The competition runs 11 July 2016 to 22 August 2016, 5.30pm.
  2. No late entries will be accepted.
  3. The winner will be announced on ‘Phantom Billstickers’ National Poetry Day Friday 26th August 2016, on this blog and our Facebook page.
  4. All entries must be typed, in English, and can be emailed to or handed in at any branch of Tararua District Library.  If emailed, they can be in the body of the email or via Microsoft Word or Publisher attachment.
  5. A maximum of four entries per person will be accepted; a maximum of two poems per person published online, as chosen by us.
  6. All poems to be an original creation of the person submitting it, and previously unpublished.
  7. Entries to be accompanied by the name, address and contact details of the submitter.
  8. Open to all adult New Zealand residents – aged 18 and over (except employees of Tararua District Council)
  9. Prizes awarded to the best two poems.  Judges decision is final.

PS, if you search poems or poetry in the blog search bar, you’ll find the wonderful entries from last year to get your creative juices flowing.


Finalists: 2016 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

The finalists for the 2016 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are listed below.

Tararua District Library’s  annual quiz for children Year 7/8 will be based on the  ‘HELL Children’s Choice Award’ finalists (below) excluding the Young Adult category. Details about this hotly contested quiz will be sent out to schools at the beginning of Term 3 (late July 2016).

Young Adult Fiction

Battlesaurus: Rampage at Waterloo, Brian Falkner, Pan Macmillan Australia (Farrar Strauss Giroux)

Battlesaurus CVR

Being Magdalene, Fleur Beale, Penguin Random House (Random House New Zealand)

Being Magdalene cover

Hucking Cody, Aaron Topp, Mary Egan Publishing


Lullaby, Bernard Beckett, Text Publishing


Sylvie the Second, Kaeli Baker, Mākaro Press

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Junior Fiction (Esther Glen Award)

Enemy Camp, David Hill, Penguin Random House (Puffin)


From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle, Kate De Goldi, Penguin Random House (Longacre)

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Lily Max – Satin, Scissors, Frock, Jane Bloomfield, Luncheon Sausage Books

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The Bold Ship Phenomenal, Sarah Johnson, Flat Bed Press

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The Girl Who Rode the Wind, Stacy Gregg, Harper Collins









Non-Fiction (Elsie Locke Award)

ANZAC Heroes, Maria Gill, illustrated by Marco Ivancic, Scholastic NZ

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Changing Times: The story of a New Zealand town and its newspaper, Bob Kerr, Potton & Burton

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See what I can see, Gregory O’Brien, Auckland University Press

See what I can see

The Beginner’s Guide to Adventure Sport in New Zealand, Steve Gurney, Penguin Random House (Random House New Zealand)

The Beginners Guide to Adventure Sport_cover

Whose Beak is This? Gillian Candler, illustrated by Fraser Williamson, Potton & Burton

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Picture Book

Allis the little tractor, Sophie Siers, illustrated by Helen Kerridge, Millwood-Heritage Productions

Allis the little tractor_cover

Finding Monkey Moon, Elizabeth Pulford, illustrated by Kate Wilkinson, Walker Books

Finding Monkey Moon

Haka, Patricia Grace, illustrated by Andrew Burdan, Huia Publishers


The House on the Hill, Kyle Mewburn, illustrated by Sarah Davis, Scholastic NZ









The Little Kiwi’s Matariki, Nikki Slade Robinson, David Ling Publishing (Duck Creek Press)

The little Kiwi's Matariki cover


ILLUSTRATION  (Russell Clark Award)
  • Changing Times: The story of a New Zealand town and its newspaper, Bob Kerr, Potton & Burton
  • Finding Monkey Moon, illustrated by Kate Wilkinson, written by Elizabeth Pulford, Walker Books
  • Hush: A Kiwi Lullaby, illustrated by Andrew Burdan, written by Joy Cowley, translated by Ngaere Roberts, Scholastic NZ
  • Much Ado About Shakespeare, Donovan Bixley, Upstart Press
  • The House on the Hill, illustrated by Sarah Davis, written by Kyle Mewburn, Scholastic NZ


TE REO MAORI (Te Kura Pounamu Award)

Tamanui te Kōkako Mōrehu o Taranaki, Rebecca Beyer and Linley Wellington, illustrated by Andrew Burdan, translated by Kawata Teepa, Huia Publishers

Tamanui Te Kokako Morehu O Taranaki

Te Hua Tuatahi a Kuwi, Kat Merewether, translated by Pānia Papa, Illustrated Publishing

Te Huatahi a Kuwi

Whiti te Rā! Patricia Grace, illustrated by Andrew Burdan, translated by Kawata Teepa, Huia Publishers








HELL Children’s Choice finalists

(Tararua District Library Children’s Quiz based on these books, excluding YA. Extra copies of titles will be available.)

Young Adult Fiction

  • Being Magdalene by Fleur Beale, Penguin Random House (Random House New Zealand)
  • Stray, Rachel Craw, Walker Books
  • Sylvie the Second, Kaeli Baker, Mākaro Press



Cool Nukes, Des Hunt, Scholastic NZ

Cool Nukes hr

Enemy Camp, David Hill, Penguin Random House (Puffin)


The Girl Who Rode the Wind, Stacy Gregg, Harper Collins










ANZAC Heroes, Maria Gill, illustrated by Marco Ivancic, Scholastic NZ

Anzac Heroes hr (2)

First to the Top, David Hill, illustrated by Phoebe Morris, Penguin Random House (Puffin)

First to the Top

Wildboy, Brando Yelavich, Penguin Random House (Penguin)








Picture Book

Kuwi’s Huhu Hunt, Kat Merewether, Illustrated Publishing


Stripes! No, Spots! Vasanti Unka, Penguin Random House (Puffin)

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The House on the Hill, Kyle Mewburn, illustrated by Sarah Davis, Scholastic NZ

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Te reo Māori

Tamanui te Kōkako Mōrehu o Taranaki, Rebecca Beyer and Linley Wellington, illustrated by Andrew Burdan, translated by Kawata Teepa, Huia Publishers

Tamanui Te Kokako Morehu O Taranaki

Te Hua Tuatahi a Kuwi, Kat Merewether, translated by Pānia Papa, Illustrated Publishing

Te Huatahi a Kuwi

Whiti te Rā! Patricia Grace, illustrated by Andrew Burdan, translated by Kawata Teepa, Huia Publishers









A Finalist Authors’ tour will run from 1-9 August nationwide, with authors appearing in schools, libraries and bookshops. The winners of the 2016 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults will be announced on the evening of Monday, 8 August at Circa Theatre in Wellington.


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Catalogue maintenance!

Queens Birthday Monday 6th June 2016 from 5.45 pm till about 9pm some maintenance work is being done on our online catalogue. You will still be able to search but real time availability details will not show and customer login/My Account authentication will not be available.
The Bookmyne app will be unable to search or login users.
We apologise for any inconvenience.
Remember, our new website (catalogue) can be found at

Have you heard of ‘The Dannevirke’?

“1864”  by Tom Buk-Swienty is the true tale of a little-known chapter in European history, the brief and bitter war between Prussia and Denmark in the winter and spring of 1864. This brutal war had its roots in the disputed duchies of Schleswig/Holstein, which lay between Denmark and Germany. Lord Palmerston, the British PM at the time of the war, later said; “Only three people…have ever really understood the Schleswig–Holstein business: the Prince Consort of Augustenborg, who is dead, a German professor, who has gone mad, and I, who have forgotten all about it.” However, the details of this complex affair are lucidly explained by Buk–Swienty.

The war was partially driven by the ferocious ambition of Otto Von Bismarck, who very often rejected political and diplomatic solutions. Bismarck summed up his bellicose attitudes most famously in 1886; “…these matters…can only be carried through with blood and iron.” As is so often the case, the war was made truly terrible for the troops by mulish, incompetent and downright treacherous politicians who interfered with senior commanders without any regard for the lives of soldiers.

The Prussian–Danish war of 1864 featured trench warfare, terrible bombardments, and suicidal mass frontal assaults against entrenched forces. In this regard, it was a precursor to the 1914–1918 conflagration.

Thyraburg fortress

Thyraburg fortress

Looming large in 1864 is the ancient Danish bulwark against the Germans, Thyra’s Fortress, more generally known as ‘The Dannevirke’. The Dannevirke features strongly in this story; in 1864, it was the Danes’ principal static defence against the vastly superior invading Prussian/Austrian armies.

We meet Christian de Meza, the elderly and eccentric Danish commander who dreaded cold air (a strange idiosyncrasy for a soldier campaigning in the depths of winter). His (shared) decision to abandon The Dannevirke was greeted with outrage by Danes and ended his career, but ultimately saved the Danish army from complete annihilation.

Meet Ditlev Gothard Monrad, Prime Minister of Denmark. He was one of those who strongly insisted on the withdrawal from The Dannevirke. When he got back to Copenhagen a few days later, however, he found the city in a state of near riot. The citizens were outraged at the “cowards and traitors” who had sold out their brave soldiers, ordering them to abandon the great symbol of Danish sovereignty.

Monrad immediately denied having anything to do with the withdrawal. The author theorises that Monrad was bipolar, and his extraordinary incompetence at the subsequent peace talks in London would seem to confirm this. Monrad was so mortified by his failures that he emigrated to New Zealand with his family. He returned to Denmark after five years and attempted to re-enter politics, but failed.

Meet, also, a large cast of officers and ordinary soldiers on both sides of the conflict. Buk–Swienty has meticulously researched his subject, and brings the events of 1864 to extraordinary life, using actual letters the soldiers wrote to their wives, families and sweethearts. Many of these make moving, and occasionally horrifying reading. The war came to a head at the bloody Battle of Dybbøl – the greatly outnumbered Danes put up a brave fight, but lost the battle and ultimately, the war.

Not only does Buk–Swienty clearly explain the complex political causes of this little-known conflict, he explains coherently how the Prussian–Danish War of 1864 contributed to the shaping of the geo-political causes of WWI.

An excellent, enthralling and informative book, highly recommended.


Reviewed by Keith Smith

Bookmyne – free app for library catalogue and your card


Bookmyne™ makes it quick and easy to access your Library account on the go with Apple iOS or Android mobile devices.

Search the library Catalogue, renew or request items and find suggested reading instantly with your mobile device (smartphone or tablet):

  • Search the library catalogue: Search for items by title, author, subject or general keyword and place holds on interesting items.
  • Manage your account: Keep track of your checked-out items, holds, fines and account information. You can quickly renew items when you are out and about.
  • Use the bookshelf feature: Make lists of titles and their details of books and DVDs directly from the catalogue for later reading or recommending to your friends.
  • Find suggested reading: Can’t decide what to read next? Get recommendations powered by Goodreads. Or check out the latest best-selling and award-winning titles.
  • Search by barcode: Use your device’s camera to scan the barcode on a book, DVD or other item at a friend’s house or bookstore and search for available copies at the library.

Getting started

Download the free BookMyne app onto your mobile device from iTunes App Store for Apple iOS devices or Google Play for Android devices:

BookMyne Apple App Google playstore logo

Tap BookMyne icon to open BookMyne Android App

Select your library branch

If you have Location Services switched on, BookMyne will automatically try to locate the libraries near your present location. Tap the plus icon next to Dannevirke, Pahiatua, Woodville or Eketahuna to select (any one of these will do to access the entire Tararua District Library).   See below for advice on setting up your account.

Your Library account home screen


The home screen displays:

  • Your preferred library branch
  • Search the library catalogue field
  • My Account field with your account number.
    A notification badge (red button with a number) will display if you have items due soon, or holds ready for collection. Tap this field to see a list of all the items on your library account.
  • My Bookshelf is where you will find the BookMyne user guide and is useful for creating lists after searching for items in the catalogue then save them for future reference, e.g. save a list of books for your holiday. You can place requests from this list. To find out how to add and manage lists, refer to the My Bookshelf section in BookMyne user guide.Note: The download eBooks facility is not available through this app at Whangarei Libraries.
  • Suggested Reading Tap this field to access recommended reading from Awards (award winners), Popular (best-sellers) and Social (links to Goodreads website).

Set up your account

Tap My Account button and enter:

  • Your library card number – the barcode on the back of your library card.
    (Note:  digits are zero, not the letter ‘O’). Please NOTE: if your library card number does not work, try typing TR underscore in front.  E.g. TR_B00123456.
  • Enter your PIN (existing library password). If you do not know your PIN, please contact your local library – identification questions may be asked – or ask a librarian for one next visit.
  • If you don’t want BookMyne to remember your login information on your device, tap the locks in the Library Card No. and PIN fields. However, then you’ll have to re-login each time.

To quickly place requests or holds on items while using the search facility, it is best to log into your account before starting to search the library catalogue.

Account Set up

Search the Library Catalogue

Library Catalogue

Tap the arrow next to drop down list to search by general keyword, title, author, subject.

Type in search terms and tap the magnifying glass icon.

To search by barcode

  • Choose Barcode from the list. The keyboard appears. You can enter the barcode numbers manually or tap the camera icon.
  • Your device will open its camera and display a viewfinder screen. Use the viewfinder to make sure the entire barcode is visible to your device’s camera.
  • Your device automatically scans the barcode and searches for matches in the library catalogue.
  • If a match is found, BookMyne displays the match. If no match is found, an error message is displayed ‘No results found’.

To place a hold or request on an item

  • Tap the round button on the left of the items’ cover image and a tick will appear. Then tap the action button to get the hold options.

BookMyne Action Icon

  • Tap Save it to My List to add to your list in My Bookshelf.

For more details about an item tap it’s field for information about it’s availability, summary, the author and reviews.

Using My Account

Tapping My Account field on the BookMyne home screen will display an overview of your library account.

From this screen you can do any of the following actions:

  • Log in and out of different library accounts
  • See notification badges
  • View and renew checked out items
  • View and cancel current holds
  • View fines and fees
  • Change your password.

BookMyne Account Details

Tapping each field will display more details about your library account.

Renew items

BookMyne Renew Items

  • Tap Checked Out Items section
  • Tap the circle next to the item you want to renew
  • A tick will appear if the item is available to renew
  • Tap the action button
  • Tap Renew Checked field
  • The item is renewed.


If the circle next to the item appears as a black dot and a Error message pops up, it cannot be renewed because:

  • The item has already been renewed twice
  • It has existing holds placed on it
  • It is a latest issue magazine on 3 day loan
  • It is a new release movie DVD.


Cancelling Holds

  • Tap the Holds section
  • Tap the circle next to the Hold you want to cancel
  • Tap the action button 
  • Tap Cancel Checked Holds field
  • The cancelled Hold will disappear.

Bookmyne settings

From BookMyne’s Settings screen, you can change these options:

  • Notifications When alerts display for items approaching their due dates – choose from 1 day through 7 days before due date.
  • Distance unit of nearest libraries – choose either kilometres or miles
  • Account Update How often BookMyne syncs with the Library catalogue to update your account – choose from now to every 2, 4 or 8 hours.

To find the settings page

  • Navigate to the BookMyne home screen by tapping the home icon in the upper-right corner.
  • Tap the action button
  • Tap Settings and the settings screen appears.


Return to Library Home Page  

Library services temporarily suspended

All Tararua District library branches will be closed Tuesday 10th May and Wednesday 11th May 2016 while a new library management software system is being installed. Normal hours resume Thursday 12th May.

This means that our buildings will be closed, and we will not be renewing items by ‘phone or email, as we literally have no computer programme to refer to, in the interim.

All online services will be unavailable until 12th May, except for ebooks – still available through the Wheelers ePlatform app or direct via the ebook site.

Our APNK Wi-Fi signal will still be accessible within range. We apologise for any inconvenience.sorry we will be closed.jpg





Does the King still rule?

I always relish getting my hands on a new Stephen King book, although I feel the Maestro has lost his edge these days. No longer can he thrill me with suspense, or horrify me, the way he once could. This is inevitable I suppose, as Father Time gradually takes away his powers, as he does with us all.

So I wasn’t expecting too much from this collection of short stories, “Bazaar of Bad Dreams”. I wasn’t expecting, for example, nail-biters like The Long Walk, or Kibazaarng’s short-form classics of sheer nastiness such as The Mist or The Raft. My expectations were fairly low.

But I’m happy to say I was very pleasantly surprised by this latest collection. It doesn’t match King’s work of yesteryear, but the Old Man still has his marvelous narrative gifts. This collection may not cause spinal shivers, or little roils of nausea, but it’s well worth the effort.

The stories are practically all new, Blockade Billy being a notable exception, and all of them are absorbing. Many are compulsively so, in fact King’s hand can still reach out of the pages and take hold of the reader. The hand is no longer the stinky, gore-stained paw of the past, it’s now a far more gentle, avuncular hand, but it’s still there. Some of these stories do contain nasty propositions and language intended to shock. There are some familiar elements – an evil car that eats people ; the end of the world ; an enchanted typewriter that automatically writes masterpieces becomes a magical Kindle that can summon up the works of great authors from an alternate universe. A hack internet journalist writes obituaries that…well, I won’t spoil it for you. At least one of the stories, Drunken Fireworks, demonstrates King’s terrific comedic gifts and turn of phrase.

Above all, Bazaar Of Bad Dreams is Entertaining…note the capital E…and you can’t really ask more from a book, can you?

Reviewed by Keith Smith



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