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The Bull from the Sea (Theseus, #2)
4.07
The sequel to The King Must Die, this book picks up almost exactly where the last book ends. It covers the rest of the legend of Theseus, combining th ...more
Sep 2005
Jun 05, 2007
 
The Poisonwood Bible
3.99
I was a little ambivalent about reading this book - mostly because of the large 'Oprah's Book Club Recommends!' sticker on the front of my copy - but ...more
Jul 2005
Jun 05, 2007
 
The Sandman, Vol. 5: A Game of You (The Sandman #5)
4.43
Hmm. I am divided on this one. I didn't like it as much as I did Season of Mists, for all that this is in many ways a more intelligent and incisive bo ...more
Feb 2005
Apr 26, 2008
 
Slaughterhouse-Five
4.02
The flaw in the Christ stories, said the visitor from outer space, was that Christ, who didn't look like much, was actually the Son of the Most Powerf ...more
Feb 2007
Jun 04, 2007
 
Waterloo (Sharpe, #20)
4.21
I'd advise not reading the author's note at the end of the book, because it tips the novel's John Bull-ishness right over the edge into jingoism. The ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 13, 2008
 
The Ghost Road (Regeneration, #3)
4.11
I saw the ending coming, which perhaps made this a little less gripping than the first two books in the trilogy. There is a certain sense of inevitabi ...more
Apr 2007
Jun 04, 2007
 
Titus Groan
3.90
This is such a weird and wonderful tale, so extravagant and bizarre and funny and upsetting, that it's hard to know how to approach it. It's a twentie ...more
not set
Nov 02, 2008
 
Reaper Man (Discworld, #11)
4.25
This is one of my favourite of the Discworld series, for the sheer inventiveness of the thing, if nothing else. Both the storyline of Death's enforced ...more
Aug 2005
Jun 05, 2007
 
Good Omens
4.26
I have a terrible confession to make: I don't actually find Good Omens to be one of the funniest books I've ever read, nor the most adroit in its skew ...more
Jan 2002
Oct 25, 2008
 
Anyone But You
3.79
A quick, cute read, though this is definitely an early Crusie: there isn't a plot so much as a series of convenient and rather repetitive excuses to d ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 28, 2008
 
Ethan of Athos (Vorkosigan Saga, #3)
3.69
Having read the blurb on the back cover—Dr Ethan Urquhart, a specialist in reproductive medicine from the male-only planet Athos, who has never before ...more
Feb 09, 2009
Feb 08, 2009
 
Alias Grace
3.95
A really fascinating, intriguing novel—Atwood looks at history and memory and gender/female indentity through the lens of the notorious case of Grace ...more
Feb 17, 2009
Feb 14, 2009
 
Urn Burial (Phryne Fisher, #8)
3.81
This is an enjoyable, Australia-set take on a country house mystery. Phryne Fisher decides to visit a friend's estate in order to recover from her exp ...more
Apr 17, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
 
Blood and Circuses (Phryne Fisher, #6)
3.77
While Greenwood could still use a more stringent editor (point of view changes randomly mid-scene; we're told that certain relationships are long-esta ...more
Mar 21, 2012
Mar 18, 2012
 
Falconer's Crusade (William Falconer, #1)
3.65
Falconer's Crusade is a pretty pallid attempt at historical crime fiction. Set in 13th century Oxford, during the Second Barons' War, it follows the u ...more
Sep 21, 2012
Sep 16, 2012
 
Suite Française
3.78
Beautiful and heart-breaking, Suite Francaise demands a lot of its reader. Not because the novel—two linked novellas, really—is a very difficult work, ...more
Feb 05, 2009
Jan 30, 2009
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
4.00
I loved this book: García Marquez is very like Faulkner in his subject matter, yet he manages not to drive me crazy. His wonderful writing style is ai ...more
Jan 2004
Oct 24, 2008
 
The Year of the Hare
3.61
The standout moments of The Year of the Hare come when Paasilinna dwells on the absurd, the wry, the cynical, showing how small upsets in routine can ...more
Mar 20, 2012
Mar 13, 2012
 
Excellent Women
3.95
This is a wonderful comedy of manners, written about a cast of characters and with the kind of dry observational humour which puts one very much in mi ...more
Oct 13, 2013
Oct 07, 2013
 
Oxford Blood (Jemima Shore, #5)
3.28
Barely average as a murder mystery. Antonia Fraser might be a decent biographer, but she's clearly better at analysing historical characters and event ...more
Aug 20, 2012
Aug 13, 2012
 
The Wreath (Kristin Lavransdatter, #1)
4.02
This is the first part of the trilogy which won Undset the Nobel Prize for Literature in the 1920s. As a piece of historical fiction, I think it's qui ...more
Jun 25, 2012
Jun 14, 2012
 
1984
4.10
I've only read this once, and I think I will only ever be able to read it once. Few books give me such nightmares that I can't sleep, but 1984 managed ...more
Jan 2000
Jun 29, 2008
 
The Nonesuch
3.94
Enjoyable, but not one of Heyer's best—with the exception of Tiffany, who is almost too exaggerated a horror to enjoy, the rest of the characters are ...more
Jun 2008
Jun 14, 2008
 
Tsotsi
3.66
Tsotsi is a novel set in a South African township in the late Seventies, where a young nameless thug (the 'tsotsi' of the title) finds himself with a ...more
Feb 19, 2012
Feb 06, 2012
 
The Unicorn Hunt (The House of Niccolo, #5)
4.42
A typically intricately plotted and dense offering from Dunnett; before I began this series, I would not have thought it possible to complicate one's ...more
Apr 2009
Mar 23, 2009
 
Zenzele: A Letter for My Daughter
4.09
There are one or two points when Nozipo Maraire's use of rhetoric is a little overblown for my tastes, and I still wonder if this would have been bett ...more
Aug 15, 2009
Aug 13, 2009
 
Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord
4.09
Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord is a parody, pastiche and example of magical realism in equal measure—the tale of a philosophy professor, Dionisio Vivo, ...more
Dec 30, 2008
Dec 12, 2008
 
Gemini (The House of Niccolo, #8)
4.46
There are times when Gemini reads a little too much as if it is a 700 page long epilogue to the Niccoló series, especially in the middle of the novel ...more
Jul 2009
Jun 14, 2009
 
All She Was Worth
3.68
This is quite readable, though I'm not entirely sure why. I found the characterisations quite distant (possibly because of the translation), the myste ...more
Jul 23, 2010
Jul 23, 2010
 
The Gun Seller
3.69
The problem with The Gun Seller is that it reads like two novels welded together: the first half a spoof of the Bond genre as recounted by, say, Berti ...more
Apr 17, 2009
Apr 09, 2009
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