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The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
If I were a teenager or recommending this to a teen, I might give it 3*; as an adult, I give it 2*.


It's a potentially exciting but gruesome story,...more
Jun 20, 2011
Jun 17, 2011
A Clockwork Orange
How to review an infamous book about which so much has already been said? By avoiding reading others’ thoughts until I’ve written mine.

There are horro...more
Jul 06, 2012
May 24, 2012
Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt
Note that this is not currently available on Lulu, but you can still get - free, and legally - here:
(If you w...more
Nov 07, 2013
Nov 04, 2013
Jane Eyre
Child neglect, near death, a dash of magical realism, the power of love, the powerlessness of the poor, sexual rivalry, mystery, madness and more. It...more
not set
May 30, 2008
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
First person tale of Christopher, a fifteen-year-old with Asperger's Syndrome or high-functioning autism and a talent for maths, who writes a book (th...more
not set
May 30, 2008
The Great Gatsby
I don't know if my appreciation of this should be tempered by the fact I was about three quarters of the way through before I realised I'd read it bef...more
Aug 19, 2012
Aug 11, 2012
Cloud Atlas
This is definitely a book that is richer with rereading, but I still prefer his "Ghostwritten" (, which has s...more
Nov 29, 2012
May 30, 2008
How can a novel about language leave one speechless? In a good way, I hasten to add!

This was the third Mieville I’ve read, and they are all very diffe...more
Mar 05, 2013
Aug 20, 2012
Never Let Me Go
Very disappointing, despite a promising opening. It is a ridiculous story that is increasingly badly told. If you don't want to know the key plot poin...more
Oct 04, 2011
Oct 02, 2011
The Road
Phew. This is a brilliant, bleak, beautiful book, but an emotionally harrowing one, albeit with uplifting aspects (they always cling to a sliver of ho...more
Jul 25, 2009
Jul 21, 2009
A Christmas Carol
The Christmas classic that everyone knows – even if they haven’t read it. It's quite short, and at some levels quite an easy read, but there is plenty...more
Dec 09, 2009
Jun 09, 2008
The Handmaid's Tale
I read this many years ago and gave it 4 stars. I've just reread it for my Goodreads bookgroup's February read and upgraded it to 5 stars.

A wonderful...more
Feb 04, 2009
Jun 07, 2008
Titus Groan (Gormenghast, #1)
How to review this weird and wonderful book? The setting, characters and plot etc are extraordinary, but it is the language that is utterly bewitching...more
Dec 31, 2009
May 30, 2008

This seems to be a real Marmite book (love it or loathe it, with no fence-sitting), so I'm going to mix my metaphors:...more
Sep 20, 2012
Sep 12, 2012
Impossible to rate as it's an awful subject, but very well written. The skill of the book (and what makes it most disturbing for me), is that it isn't...more
not set
Jan 04, 2009
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
A powerful concept, but very poorly written (even allowing for the young adult target audience) - and the only book I can think of that was better in...more
Sep 14, 2009
Sep 11, 2009
Slaughterhouse Five or the Children's Crusade
A strange and intriguing book that I found very hard to rate: a mixture of wartime memoir and sci fi - occasionally harrowing, sometimes funny and oth...more
Nov 07, 2010
Nov 07, 2010
The Sense of an Ending
This is an exploration of memory, exquisitely written as the thoughts of an old man, looking back on his life - good enough to merit 5*, despite the s...more
Apr 20, 2012
Apr 09, 2012
The Help
This is a powerful story about women's relationships with each other, and how they are affected by race (and class), told from the viewpoints of three...more
Jul 31, 2011
Jul 18, 2011
Lord of the Flies
A hard book to rate as although its well written and is very thought provoking, the content gets unpleasantly graphic and some aspects are awkwardly d...more
Feb 27, 2009
Feb 23, 2009
The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy (Gormenghast, #1-3)
See 2013's Great Gormenghast Read:

A thing of beauty, like the words it contains: beautifully bound, with sump...more
Aug 08, 2014
Apr 11, 2012
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
This is the truer, grittier, more analytical version of "Oranges are Not the Only Fruit" (, with an update of...more
May 19, 2012
May 19, 2012
The Stranger's Child
This tells a riveting and complex saga with profound insight, plenty of intrigue and dashes of wit. From the first dozen pages, even the first few sen...more
Aug 11, 2012
Jul 31, 2012

Rewritten after rereading in July 2012.

This darkly humorous satire starts with a world financial crisis in 1986 (hopefully that’s where the similarity...more
May 28, 2009
May 23, 2009
The Shipping News
This is my first Proulx, so I didn't know if the unusual writing style is typical, or specially chosen for this particular story. I hope it's the latt...more
Sep 04, 2013
Aug 07, 2013
Don Quixote
Whatever else Don Quixote may be, I never found it boring. Parts of it were very funny, others had wonderful similarities with Shakespeare, some bits...more
not set
May 30, 2008
The City & the City
Mieville is the sort of author I expect and want to like, but I didn't feel the love with "The Scar" ( This...more
Jan 30, 2013
Aug 20, 2012
The Crimson Petal and the White
"Watch your step. Keep your wits about you; you will need them." From that captivating opening (echoed several times later on), you are a voyeur, on a...more
Jan 03, 2012
Dec 21, 2011
Dance Dance Dance (The Rat, #4)
I have finally read a Murakami. I picked this up on a market stall and didn't realise it was part of a series until I listed it on GR and saw "The Rat...more
Jul 19, 2014
Jul 04, 2014
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
A good, and exhaustively researched historical novel, but I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as any of Mitchell's others, despite a life-and-death openi...more
Jun 09, 2011
May 19, 2011
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