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The Last Man
You know you're not enjoying a book when you think 'They're all dead now, it must be nearly finished'. Sure, there were some wonderful, poignant and t ...more
Jun 18, 2011
Jun 15, 2011
The Last of the Mohicans (The Leatherstocking Tales #2)
This was quite a difficult book to read. The actual events and story portrayed were full of action, but they were dulled by the authors writing style. ...more
Jul 02, 2011
Jul 03, 2011
There were some truly horrible characters in this book. Bel-Ami was self absorbed and unfeeling towards those he crushed in his quest for money, sex a ...more
Nov 29, 2012
Dec 02, 2012
The Moonstone
The fact that this is one of the earliest mysteries written does nothing to diminish the story. It is well crafted, has depth, and the mystery is slow ...more
Jan 11, 2011
Jan 06, 2011
Madame Bovary
This book had a strange kind of inevitability, as the characters pathways and desires drove them to their destinies. It was interesting how dissatisfa ...more
Aug 04, 2009
Aug 01, 2009
Silas Marner (Wordsworth Classics)
Charming book about community and the effect of isolation from it in the individual, and the community's perception of them. It was interesting how th ...more
Jul 26, 2009
Jul 26, 2009
The Waves
I really enjoyed this book. The unusual style of writing makes it a good book for reading slowly, savouring all of it. This is a good thing for me bec ...more
Sep 17, 2006
Jul 10, 2008
Cold Comfort Farm
What I loved about this was that even though the ridiculous tendencies of the characters were parodies, it was done with such sympathy that you couldn ...more
Sep 06, 2012
Sep 06, 2012
The Count of Monte Cristo
Some wonderful characters, and the tension is maintained so well throughout the book, keeping you turning page after page. The fact that the Count que ...more
Jan 02, 2011
Dec 27, 2010
The Three Musketeers
I had a lot more fun reading this book than I expected to. The characters were fantastic and the sense of adventure that filled the book wonderful. An ...more
Aug 29, 2009
Aug 27, 2009
There are so many of Frankenstein's monsters out there, things that we have brought into the world with such pride, which have been twisted into thing ...more
Nov 08, 2009
Oct 17, 2009
An exciting book, and completely different from what I expected. The main characters were complex and while flawed, had their own senses of honour.

Dec 12, 2008
Nov 16, 2008
A Room with a View
A very interesting book. The portrayal of different societies and characters is as relevant today as when it was written. I initially found the holida ...more
Jun 18, 2008
Jul 10, 2008
Lady Chatterley's Lover
Such a touching and sensitive book, nothing like what I expected. Surprisıngly easy to read for a classic as well, I guess because the main characters ...more
May 03, 2010
Apr 21, 2010
This was quite a slow book, which I guess is something you have to expect with this style of book, but I also found myself wanting to violently shake ...more
Apr 2011
Mar 18, 2011
Two Tales: The Man Who Would Be King, Without Benefit of Clergy
Two interesting stories that you can still relate to today. I did get a bit frustrated with some of the characters, but in the end their decisions wer ...more
Dec 13, 2008
Nov 16, 2008
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
I started reading this on my Nintendo DS, and with the tiny screens and back-lighting the experience was a bit painful. I then restarted reading it on ...more
Oct 17, 2010
Mar 05, 2010
Vanity Fair
While there were some interesting characters in this book, overall I found it just dragged and took me weeks to get through.
Dec 06, 2008
Nov 16, 2008
Do I blame myself for this? Because it really wasn't accessible. Sure, I put it down a few times and went back to it, which probably didn't help with ...more
Nov 21, 2011
Apr 22, 2011
Anna Karenina
It was interesting to read this from today's perspective when morals have changed so much, but the book was written so that you could appreciate the p ...more
Jun 28, 2007
Jul 10, 2008
Scarlet Letter
I thought it was interesting how this book didn't deal with the motivations behind the affair of Hester and Dimmesdale, but just with the consequences ...more
Aug 16, 2008
Aug 02, 2008
Around the World in Eighty Days
A delightful adventure with an interesting twist at the end.

I do like the thought of just heading off round the world on a bit of a whim, but other t
Oct 07, 2008
Oct 09, 2008
Emma, like most of us, is a character who tries her best, but often comes undone due to her own vanity, or miscommunication. This is a lovely story ab ...more
Jan 11, 2007
Jul 10, 2008
Jude the Obscure
I enjoyed the beginning of this book but then got a little bored with it. I guess I can appreciate the different standards of the time when the book w ...more
Oct 15, 2006
Jul 10, 2008
Anne Elliot is a strong, although somewhat dull heroine in this Austen book. The other characters, with all their flaws, are easy to compare to real l ...more
Aug 22, 2007
Jul 10, 2008
The Great Gatsby
This book could easily be the literary equivalent of a soap, with it's rich, superficial characters and they're dramatic love lives, and yet it is muc ...more
Jan 03, 2007
Jul 10, 2008
Mrs. Dalloway
Virginia Woolf has such beautiful descriptive writing, she really manages to capture the soul of places, events and people, which makes her books such ...more
Jun 26, 2007
Jul 10, 2008
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy
The reading of this book got interrupted twice with other books, probably because I never quite got into the random meandering writing style. It was c ...more
Jun 08, 2007
Jul 10, 2008
Crime and Punishment
It always takes me a bit of time to get into Russian novels as I have to work out all the characters and the different names they go by. Once I'd got ...more
Nov 13, 2009
Oct 17, 2009
War and Peace
The number of characters, and the fact that they were often referred to by multiple names made this a little confusing but the actual story was good. ...more
Jan 31, 2006
Jul 10, 2008
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