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Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch, #2)
4.05
A lot of the things I found lacking in the first novel felt improved in this sequel. Sadly, One Esk, Justice of Toren are gone, and we only have Breq, ...more
Oct 12, 2014
Oct 08, 2014
 
Agents of the Internet Apocalypse: A Novel
4.17
The sequel to Notes from the Internet Apocalypse:

Gladstone, the so-called ‘Internet Messiah,’ has not only failed to bring back the Web, but his searc
...more
Apr 16, 2015
Apr 12, 2015
 
Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2)
4.04
I very much enjoyed the first novel in this series, the vintage photographs, the unveiling of the peculiar children - but I hated the cynical non-endi ...more
Mar 20, 2014
Mar 15, 2014
 
Beautiful You
3.01
For a book about non-stop masturbation and orgasms, it's actually cold, clinical and not very sexy. Which, considering the subject matter, works very ...more
Nov 02, 2014
Oct 29, 2014
 
The Martian
4.37
If someone told me to pick up a book about the science of surviving on Mars, I’d probably consider it a reference non-fiction book. However, that’s pr ...more
Apr 14, 2015
Apr 12, 2015
 
Life or Death
4.06
Arc copy from Netgalley.

'Why would a man escape from prison the day before he's due to be released?'

An intriguing premise, which made me think of the
...more
May 23, 2015
May 25, 2015
 
The Goldfinch
3.86
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed Little Friend and The Secret History, so I fully expected to love The Goldfinch.

I found it a struggle because there were
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Oct 08, 2014
Sep 29, 2014
 
The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard, #3)
4.21
I hesitate to give this only three stars, as I loved books one and two. But this time, there were little things that didn't quite work for me.

The reh
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Feb 17, 2014
Feb 03, 2014
 
Stranger Will
4.02
Dark and disturbing, just the way I like it. The writing is masterful, the literary techniques light so the reader barely notices them as they enjoy t ...more
not set
Mar 23, 2011
 
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
3.74
Gorgeous book with a serious agenda. It's one I recommend reading with no prior knowledge - not the back of the book, anything - for the biggest effec ...more
May 05, 2014
Apr 25, 2014
 
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)
3.97
**spoiler alert** There are some aspects I loved - that gender isn't an identifying characteristic for the Radch, so that female becomes the books def ...more
Sep 08, 2014
Aug 28, 2014
 
Room
3.96
I have to admit, I'd not have picked this up by myself. The cover didn't appeal to me, nor did the back of the book blurb. It sounded like a gimmick, ...more
Dec 06, 2011
Dec 12, 2011
 
Recipes For Disaster
3.85
When Sheryl mentioned she was writing a rom com book stuffed with recipes, I must admit I had no idea how it'd work. Then I finally sat down with my k ...more
May 04, 2012
May 05, 2012
 
The Bone Clocks
3.81
I paced myself when reading this - I didn't want to gulp it down and run out of new David Mitchell too quickly. I'm not going to say too much, this is ...more
Sep 29, 2014
Sep 22, 2014
 
The Night Circus
4.01
There's a lot right with the novel, but there's also a bit wrong with it, too. The main story itself trots along nicely but is interspersed with secon ...more
Feb 17, 2012
Feb 21, 2012
 
Solar
3.21
I normally love Ian McEwan and Atonement and Enduring Love are still some of my favourite books. But for some reason, Solar didn't click for me. I'd p ...more
Feb 03, 2012
Jan 30, 2012
 
Horns
3.91
Joe reminded me of his father (Stephen King) with this book. But not in a good way. This is comparable to one of his fathers 'phone 'em in' novels, wh ...more
Dec 03, 2011
Dec 12, 2011
 
Orbital Hearts
4.89
Disclosure - I have a story in this anthology. But I'm reviewing the other 9 stories. All nine follow the same theme - Love's Bitter Ruins - but are t ...more
Feb 12, 2012
Feb 10, 2012
 
Never Let Me Go
3.79
I am normally a big fan of Kazuo Ishiguro and I've had this one on the 'to read' for a while, but I was a little disappointed with it. I wasn't comple ...more
Jan 19, 2012
Jan 18, 2012
 
Little Star
3.63
He does a great job of capturing the horror of childhood, the other kids, the fitting in, or not fitting in, the blind worship, the loneliness and ali ...more
Jul 08, 2014
Jul 01, 2014
 
The Carpet Makers
4.13
Almost a set of short stories contained in the same universe - the thread of 'why are the carpet makers doing what they're doing' ties them together. ...more
Apr 23, 2012
Apr 19, 2012
 
The Gospel of Loki
3.71
A faithful but modernised retelling of the Old Nose Poetic/Prose Edda. So the book is full of pretty well known - at least to me - Loki myths told in ...more
Feb 28, 2014
Feb 23, 2014
 
Doomed (Damned, #2)
3.22
While this isn't my favourite Chuck book, there were lots of things I enjoyed. Even a non-favourite Chuck novel is still ten times better than many ot ...more
Feb 03, 2014
Jan 13, 2014
 
Piercing
3.57
An interesting read about two very damaged main characters. It's well written and you can really get into both of their heads, how their child abuse d ...more
Feb 15, 2012
Feb 14, 2012
 
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)
3.80
I like the idea - incorporating vintage photographs into the narrative. But it didn't work very well for me. Sometimes the photo and the prose felt ve ...more
Jan 21, 2012
Jan 20, 2012
 
The Crime Writer's Guide to Police Practice and Procedure
4.22
Very useful book on UK police procedures, naming conventions and structures. Possibly missing out on details on culture, as he says himself it's the t ...more
Feb 13, 2014
Feb 12, 2014
 
Dangerous Women
3.70
I was given this book as it has the Ice and Fire short story 'The Princess and the Queen' by GRRM. That said, I've read the whole anthology. While Geo ...more
Jan 15, 2014
Jan 02, 2014
 
Transubstantiate
3.94
Excellent first novel by a talented author. I've been lucky enough to read the odd short before, but with this novel, Richard has out done himself in ...more
not set
Sep 22, 2010
 
Tell-All
2.82
Despite many critics hating this, I quite liked it. It's not as good as some of his other writing, nor bursting with 100s of ideas like say, Rant, but ...more
Jan 17, 2012
Jan 18, 2012
 
Fire Watch
3.87
I've not read any Connie Willis before (something I need to fix) so I started with the short story, apparently the start of many more about time trave ...more
Apr 19, 2012
Apr 19, 2012
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