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The Remains of the Day
This is one of the most beautifully mannered, subtle books I've read in a long, long time. Ishiguro's command of prose is perfect; there was never a p...more
Nov 2005
Jun 05, 2007
The Grand Sophy
I think this has surpassed These Old Shades as my favourite of the Heyers that I've read. The hero isn't as much fun as Avon is, but the heroine, Soph...more
Jun 2005
Jun 05, 2007
The Wee Free Men (Discworld, #30)
I really, really wish that I had a younger girl cousin to pass this book onto, because I think it's a perfect antidote for some of the books that are...more
Dec 23, 2008
Dec 19, 2008
Sarah Waters, at this stage, must be the accepted queen of Victorian Gothic lesbian melodrama; not, I imagine, that there is much competition for this...more
Aug 2005
Jun 05, 2007
The Crimson Petal and the White
Enjoyable and rather compulsively readable, but not particularly impressive, The Crimson Petal and the White is essentially an 18 rated version of Dic...more
Apr 2007
Jun 04, 2007
The Daughter of Time (Inspector Alan Grant #5)
This book had the potential to really engage me--it deals with Richard III and all the various permutations of the Yorkist, Lancastrian and Tudor fact...more
Dec 2006
Jun 04, 2007
Have His Carcase  (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, #8)
The best remedy for a bruised heart is not, as so many people seem to think,repose upon a manly bosom...

I think Have His Carcase is the book where Say...more
Jun 2005
Jun 05, 2007
The Forsyte Saga : The man of property ~ In chancery ~ To let
The Man of Property

The Man of Property is the first book in what would eventually turn out to be the nine volume Forsyte Saga, the work for which Gals...more
May 2005
Jun 05, 2007
Friday's Child
You know, if the two main couples in this novel had both been hit upside the head within the first twenty pages and told not to be such utter twats, t...more
Mar 2007
Jun 04, 2007
The Letter of Marque (Aubrey/Maturin, #12)
This was a wonderful conclusion to The Reverse of the Medal . As Stephen notes at one stage in the book, Aristotle's definition of tragedy encompassed...more
Jan 2006
Jun 05, 2007
Eric (Discworld, #9)
Eric is an oddity. Although it's the ninth Discworld novel to be published, it feels curiously scrappy and unfinished, like a fragment of juvenilia. I...more
Jun 2005
Jun 05, 2007
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (Lord Peter Wimsey, #5)
As a crime novel, it's not bad; compared to her earlier works, it's a definite improvement in terms of the tightness and plausibility of her plotting....more
Feb 2005
Jun 05, 2007
Beautifully observed and gently funny, Cranford is less a novel than it is a series of vignettes, drawn from the lives of a small group of genteelly i...more
Mar 03, 2009
Mar 03, 2009
The Autograph Man
I enjoyed Smith's writing style far more than I enjoyed the plot (which promised some things but delivered others) or the characters (who are neatly d...more
Jun 2007
Jun 09, 2007
The Last of the Wine
The Last of the Wine, although set in the ancient Greek world, like the Fire from Heaven trilogy, it's a very different work. Even though the three wo...more
Jun 2005
Jun 05, 2007
Romanitas (Romanitas, #1)
The first of a projected trilogy, Romanitas is an interesting novel, even if it's one that I don't think entirely works. Set in a world where the Roma...more
Aug 2006
Jun 04, 2007
Checkmate (The Lymond Chronicles, #6)
There is, I think, a line in one of Jane Austen's pieces of juvenilia which reads something like:

It was too pathetic for the feelings of Sophia and my...more
Feb 2007
Jun 04, 2007
Do You Remember The First Time?
There is no excuse for me reading this, other than that it came free with my flatmate's copy of Cosmopolitan, so at least I didn't have to pay for it....more
May 2005
Jun 05, 2007
Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6)
Wyrd Sisters was the very first Discworld novel that I ever read, back at the tender age of eight. A friend of mine got it as a present from her fathe...more
Jul 2005
Jun 05, 2007
Snuff (Discworld, #39)
I didn't not enjoy Snuff, but I wonder if perhaps this will be the last Discworld novel I read. I've been reading Pratchett's work when I was eight ye...more
Nov 15, 2011
Oct 31, 2011
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
I found this concluding volume of the trilogy to be a let down on a number of levels. The prose was still crisp and lovely, but Pullman lost control o...more
Jan 2002
Aug 09, 2008
One of the better Heyers. Although I found the initial meeting between hero and heroine to be even more infuriating than Heyer's norm in terms of gend...more
Oct 03, 2008
Oct 02, 2008
Love in a Cold Climate
Trashily enjoyable, Love in a Cold Climate casts a delightfully cold and acerbic eye over aristocratic English society in the 1930s, aided by Mitford'...more
Jan 2005
Oct 27, 2008
The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey (Aubrey/Maturin, #21)
Consisting of just three chapters, a preliminary long-hand sketch of what would surely have been another wonderful novel, there is still much to savou...more
Jun 2008
Jun 10, 2008
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1)
The idea behind the Thursday Next series is really fantastic—an alternate universe where the Crimean War still rages, the People's Republic of Wales...more
May 2008
Apr 28, 2008
The Diary of a Provincial Lady
Diary of a Provincial Lady is a wryly, gently satirical look at the lives led by upper-middle class British women in the period between the two world...more
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Nov 09, 2008
This is one of the more visually interesting editions of a Jane Austen novel that I own—admittedly I'm a little confused as to why there is a chicken...more
Jan 21, 2010
Jan 21, 2010
The Hundred Days (Aubrey/Maturin, #19)
Not him at his best, I think. O' Brian's very clearly tired at this point, and I think writing just in order to spend more time with the characters, r...more
not set
Jun 04, 2007
Behind the Scenes at the Museum
This is a first novel, and it does show in a couple of places--the early chapters struggle to maintain the plausibility of such an adult authorial voi...more
Jan 2008
Jan 22, 2008
Regency Buck (Alastair, #3)
My least favourite kind of Heyer novel—one with a fiery-yet-naive heroine and a hero so full of upper-class, alpha male testosterone that I'd be surpr...more
Aug 2008
Aug 07, 2008
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