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After The Ending (The Ending #1)
3.69
(Stopped at 3%, kindle-measures.) Of all of the novels I've started and not finished, this might have shown the least promise. Conversation, inner mon ...more
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Dec 25, 2014
 
The Flood
3.18
I got half way through this book which is the furthest I've ever got in a book that I wasn't enjoying. Indeed, I actually started this book three time ...more
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Sep 09, 2013
 
The Water's Lovely
3.40
I recently read a piece in the New Statesman that I disagreed with. It was entitled Magical Mystery Tour and argued that Ruth Rendell – ‘the mistress ...more
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Aug 14, 2010
 
The Photographer's Wife
3.71
(Stopped at 15%, kindle-measures.) I'm surprised, actually, I made it this far because I got very tired of the flitting back and forth between time pe ...more
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Dec 22, 2014
 
The Painted Bridge
3.50
**spoiler alert** Potential spoiler at the end.

I loved it all for the longest time, not least for its beautiful, rambling prose and its clever and ac
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Apr 22, 2014
Apr 13, 2014
 
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1)
3.98
(Very mild spoiler.)

Now THAT'S how you write dystopia. There wasn't a moment when I didn't find myself in trepidation about what was going to happen.
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Jun 22, 2014
Jun 23, 2014
 
Women
3.92
From blog:

I was much younger, much more naive, and much, much, much less feminist when I read my first Bukowski, Post Office. Chinaski, the autobiogr
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Aug 2011
Jul 11, 2008
 
The Affair of the Mutiliated Mink (Burford Family Mysteries, #2)
3.85
**spoiler alert**

I only really read this book because someone loaned it to me, and felt I would really like it. I have no idea why. It's a mediocre w
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Jul 11, 2008
 
Choke
3.67
**spoiler alert** I finished my first Chuck Palahniuk novel a month or so back. It was on a friend's advice that I picked it up initially after he was ...more
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Jul 11, 2008
 
The Interpretation of Murder (Freud, #1)
3.49
**spoiler alert** I mentioned elsewhere that I’d started to read The Interpretation of Murder because I felt like getting stuck into a whodunnit. Oh m ...more
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Jul 11, 2008
 
Freedom
3.69
I said to a friend - on goodreads, as it happens - that I can't remember one thing that happened in another of Franzen's tomes - The Corrections. He, ...more
Sep 21, 2014
Jul 24, 2014
 
Neverwhere
4.16
After many months of not being able to read anything at all (another story for another day), I re-entered the arena of words and dreams with Neil Gaim ...more
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Jul 11, 2008
 
A Murderous Affair
3.57
(Stopped at 11%, kindle-measures.) It's Elizabethan times and a (possibly) important foreigner has washed up on the banks of the Thames. The illegitim ...more
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Dec 27, 2014
 
The Friday Night Knitting Club
3.40
I bought this book in a 3-for-2 sale. It was the the third book that no one ever really wants or needs but a free book is a free book, right? I had re ...more
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Jul 11, 2008
 
Wool (Silo, #1, Wool, #1-5)
4.25
I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if it hadn't been for the 450 pages filled with banal and unnecessary description ("she pressed the button, ...more
Feb 02, 2014
Jan 06, 2014
 
Star of the Sea
3.96
If I could give a book ten stars here, I would give them to this book. It is certainly the best book I've read in a long, long time.

There's a possibi
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Dec 30, 2008
 
The Forgotten Garden
4.10
The older I get, the less tolerance I have with literature that doesn't engage me. I've adopted a 50 page rule for such books - if I'm not feeling it ...more
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Jul 04, 2014
 
Shift (Silo, #2)
4.14
I should have learned from my mistake with the first of this trilogy. I kept going with it even though I wasn't enjoying it at all. I bought the secon ...more
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Apr 27, 2014
 
The Secret Keeper
4.10
I got on much better with the start of this book than I did the end. I lost interest in Laurel's narrative pretty quickly (it was important, perhaps, ...more
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Oct 03, 2013
 
The Secret Scripture
3.74
I absolutely loved half of this book (Roseanne's story) and completely uninterested in the other half (Dr. Grene's story). And I'm afraid that the Cos ...more
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Jun 29, 2009
 
Other People: a Mystery Story
3.36
**spoiler alert** I'm not finishing a lot of books lately. I can't decide if some sort of disturbing trend is emerging or if I'm not not picking the r ...more
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Jul 11, 2008
 
Where There's Smoke
3.52
I always forget how utterly bored I am by Picoult and then I buy another. Luckily, this one was only 99p on kindle so it didn't pain me so much to del ...more
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Oct 03, 2014
 
Sycamore (Sycamore, #1)
3.85
(Enjoyed but a little frustrated that it was the first of a series. Want the closure but don't necessarily want to invest more time.)
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Dec 22, 2014
 
The Witch of Portobello
3.50
I got 150 pages in and I gave up. Alas, I just got bored. Coelho does not excite me at all.

Unfortunately, this text had potential and I liked the ide
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Apr 07, 2013
Jul 11, 2008
 
Shampoo Planet
3.48
I don’t know why I bother really because every time I read a Coupland, I’m reminded of why I haven’t read one in a very very long time. Shampoo Planet ...more
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Jul 11, 2008
 
Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules
3.66
I’d read anything by David Sedaris. If he scribbled something unintelligible down on an envelope, I’d pay to see what he said. He never fails to pleas ...more
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Jul 11, 2008
 
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
4.32
[unfinished] It's not that I didn't enjoy what I read of Divergent - I did - but it is very much a book for young adults and I am not a young adult an ...more
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Jun 04, 2014
 
The Governess Affair (Brothers Sinister, #0.5)
3.90
That's 120 minutes of my life I will never get back, as they say. I could say more but the sooner I draw a line under my involvement with this book th ...more
Sep 13, 2013
Sep 10, 2013
 
Life Before Man
3.39
**spoiler alert** Sorry, Margaret, but this is two bad reviews from me in one morning. The Handmaid's Tale: possibly my favourite book ever. The Blind ...more
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Nov 23, 2009
 
Alias Grace
3.95
Oh, Margaret. I tried, I really did. I got to about page 50 of this book before I realised that I cared nothing for any of the characters or what they ...more
not set
Nov 23, 2009
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