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Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, #1)
I read a review recently of the latest book to be published in this 'series' and wondered why I hadn't seen any of these before - the article was my i...more
May 10, 2009
May 02, 2009
Love Anthony
Okay, I cried.

If you haven't read Genova's previous book -- "Still Alice" -- then read that first and then come to this book; that process will enable...more
Oct 26, 2012
Oct 24, 2012
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
Hmmm.. what to say, what to say...
I did enjoy reading Sacks' observations and perceptions of his patients ('clients') with their various - and quite b...more
May 25, 2009
May 02, 2009
Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow, #1)
This is indeed a surprising book.

I'd heard of Marsden's prolific & popular writing (teen-fic) in an article by the Australian Weekend Magazine sev...more
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Nov 24, 2008
A Perfect Spy
A fantastic read by a master of the genre, perhaps even his best work - certainly a personal favourite.

An old cliche, but even I found myself - whilst...more
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Nov 24, 2008
The World From Islam: A Journey Of Discovery Through The Muslim Heartland
I found George's writing style initially rather frustrating, but after a while the 'journal'/reportage-esque format started to make sense (or at least...more
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Nov 24, 2008
Unknown Book 6215418
Another charming instalment from the good folks at SF.

for those of you not familiar with this publication, here's some 'blurb', fyi:

"Slightly Foxed is...more
Feb 09, 2009
Feb 08, 2009
The Silver Linings Playbook
Read in a sitting. Amazing.
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Mar 01, 2014
The Tax Inspector
Blurb . . .
The audit of Catchprice Motors looks like the least challenging asignment of the Tax Inspector's life, but she finds the Catchprice family...more
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Nov 24, 2008
The Book of Joe
Highly enjoyable read.

The quality of the writing held this together for me, as otherwise the plot was rather formulaic (although I guess that was the...more
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Nov 24, 2008
Sorry to report that I didn't enjoy this quite as much as I had hoped.

Usually a big fan of Birmo (and can warmly recommend: He Died with a Felafal in...more
Jan 2003
Nov 24, 2008
Leonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms: Essays on Natural History
this book is probably not the best introduction to the late Stephen Jay Gould's body of work (instead try either: The Flamingo's Smile, Bully for Bron...more
Jan 2001
Nov 23, 2008
The Time We Have Taken
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Carroll's 'coming of Age' trilogy (The Art of the Engine Driver/The Gift of Speed/TTWHT).

A very gently told yet engr...more
Nov 27, 2008
Nov 22, 2008
Down and Out in Paris and London
I guess the jury may still be out on whether Orwell was genuinely destitute during his time in Paris & London respectively (it seems an aunt's 'al...more
May 03, 2009
Apr 26, 2009
The Beholder
An interesting exploration of the meaning of love, in its many forms (or guises), but certainly not your average Australian novel.

A strange tale and o...more
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Nov 24, 2008
Serendipities: Language and Lunacy
A very interesting & intriguing series of essays (and lecture notes) which will hopefully entertain & enlighten those with a passion for the c...more
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Nov 24, 2008
How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read
I guess the premise was thought provoking enough & part of that post-modernist take which posits some sort of 'cultural meme space' whereby we are...more
Sep 2008
Nov 24, 2008
Ingenious Pain
Quite a brilliant & unusual debut - we follow the exploits of James Dyer, a young man who since birth has a complete absence of compassion, brough...more
Jan 2003
Nov 24, 2008
After America (The Disappearance, #2)
My rating 3.5
In fairness, the intended audience market may put this much higher and so would I in terms of the 'ideas' that JB posits (I do so enjoy t...more
Jul 18, 2010
Jun 23, 2010
The Year of Living Aimlessly
Another one of the many unexpected delights of bookcrossing . . . this is 'not the sort of book' I would have considered reading, let alone buying bef...more
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Nov 24, 2008
I finished the book yesterday but was too emotionally involved at that time to feel confident of putting thoughts into words.
This is a book everyone...more
Dec 12, 2009
Jul 19, 2009
By Design
I saw Richard E. Grant star in the wonderful 'Withnail & I' in a cinema in the backwater that was Newcastle circa 1988, when I first visited Austr...more
Jan 1999
Nov 24, 2008
The Alienist
Carr evokes turn of the century New York so that the sights & smell come off the page at you.

Most fascinating was the charactor of Dr. Kreizler, w...more
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Nov 24, 2008
A rare thing . . . I'm actually looking forward to watching the recent movie remake of Solaris, to help me understand more about this intriguing novel...more
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Nov 24, 2008
Any Human Heart
Another first-rate outing by Mr Boyd.

Any Human Heart recounts the sprawling life of Logan Mountstuart, which spans every decade of the twentieth centu...more
Jan 2004
Nov 24, 2008
Crowded House: Something So Strong
I think this is one of the best reads I've encountered in the genre.
My estimation of the book has doubtless been affected by listening to all my Crowd...more
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Nov 24, 2008
"'Jack' is the tale of a Belgian Sheepdog, from his first blind efforts to suckle his mother, through early training and obedience tests, until h...more
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Nov 29, 2008
Confessions Of A Failed Finance Minister
An interesting view into the engine room of Government with a frank and fearless guide.
I have to say that it's not the best written political memoir I...more
Jan 2000
Dec 12, 2008
The Mayne Inheritance
Very enjoyable. As a reasonably new resident of Brisbane, I also found the historical background about the city's early days in the mid-1800's of grea...more
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Nov 24, 2008
Leaning Toward Infinity
A beautifully written, engaging story with an interesting structure . . . a daughter seeks to conclude her mother's (and grandmother's) mathematical l...more
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Nov 24, 2008
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