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The Ocean at the End of the Lane
This one raced away with my imagination and took me straight back to childhood. The pace of the read is fast and furious.
Neil Gaiman's latest, about a...more
Jun 20, 2013
Apr 16, 2013
A great read and enormously satisfying. As a time-travel devotee I enjoyed King's intelligent handling of a complex conceit, one usually riven by plot...more
Nov 22, 2011
Nov 10, 2011
On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes
Loved it. Changed the way I do my own everyday walk with the dog. A lesson in paying attention.
Dec 20, 2013
Nov 16, 2013
Started this on one continent and finished it somewhere over the Pacific. Stephen King's latest is a coming of age story set in the summer and fall of...more
Jun 23, 2013
Jun 08, 2013
The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books,  #1)
Loved this one and, of course, have to read the next in Zafon's line up. Twisting, turning and beautifully written (hat tip to the translation from th...more
Jul 21, 2013
Jul 11, 2013
The Art of Detection (Kate Martinelli, #5)
Honestly? I much prefer King's Mary Russell series. The contemporary Martinelli crime novels set in San Francisco aren't grabbing me in the same way a...more
Oct 19, 2010
Oct 17, 2010
Wolf Hall
A hard one to get into. It can feel a bit like digging a hole with a spoon at times - details, details and stream of consciousness take you down rabbi...more
Mar 04, 2011
Mar 05, 2011
Heart-Shaped Box
A wonderfully, fast-paced horror read. Joe Hill's literary voice has echoes of his father's - Stephen King - especially in the creation of singular ch...more
Nov 02, 2011
Oct 30, 2011
Light Thickens (Roderick Alleyn, #32)
Intriguing to see the stylistic differences between the classic murder-mystery writers like Christie and Marsh and those of today. I found Light Thick...more
May 08, 2011
May 08, 2011
The Swan Thieves
Perhaps overly-long and somewhat contrived, but for anyone who likes well-written prose, you won't be disappointed. It's a book that revolves around l...more
Apr 15, 2010
Apr 07, 2010
William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope (William Shakespeare's Star Wars, #4)
Delightful. Not only a clever refashioning of the narrative of the original movie, but also a superb way to introduce Shakespearean verse to students....more
Jul 07, 2013
Jul 03, 2013
A clever idea. Take the missing father from Little Women and tell his story. Brooks adds background details from Alcott's family life, historical deta...more
Feb 28, 2009
Feb 21, 2009
Outliers: The Story of Success
Gladwell is a fine writer. He uses a narrative strategy i.e., he tells stories to build his 'case.' The research is compelling. This one, subtitled 't...more
not set
Dec 05, 2008
Loved it. Gaiman does it so apparently easily. This one is full of delightfully creepy Gothic adventures in another world under present-day London. Lo...more
Mar 25, 2011
Mar 24, 2011
The God of the Hive (Mary Russell, #10)
It's always nice to find a new authorial 'voice.' This is Laurie R King in the persona of Mary Russell, Sherlock Holmes' young wife. You didn't know h...more
May 26, 2010
May 23, 2010

Tough going ... chilling and complex. Can't say I enjoyed it as much as I'd hoped, nor was it a page-turner which is the way I like my thrillers. I'm...more
Jun 03, 2012
May 18, 2012
Locked Rooms (Mary Russell, #8)
Clever work threading the US connection - Mary's family background and a Conan Doyle visit to the west coast in 1924 - hence Holmes' presence also. Ki...more
Oct 12, 2010
Oct 08, 2010
Pirate King (Mary Russell, #11)
The 11th in the series and, unfortunately, a bit of a plodder as far as narrative goes. There are flashes of King's sharp and witty prose but not enou...more
Nov 10, 2011
Oct 31, 2011
The Time Traveler's Wife
I loved this book. Harder and harder to put down as you proceed errr ... retreat. Well it's all about time-travel see! But it's a love story that work...more
not set
Dec 05, 2008
The Bird King
A book to dip into for inspiration, to overcome the dreaded blank page that can choke creativity. Marvellous creatures from Shaun Tan's inspired sketc...more
Apr 21, 2013
Apr 21, 2013
People of the Book
I really enjoyed this one. About a 'book archaeologist' and the story behind a priceless book she is asked to investigate for authenticity.
Jan 2009
Feb 12, 2009
Life After Life
Splendid writing, and a book I found really difficult to leave for long. In it, an exercise in form is beautifully blended with rich and evocative lan...more
not set
Dec 20, 2013
Fortunately, the Milk
Delightful! I have the Kindle edition which has the bonus addition of Gaiman reading the story in his own inimitable way.
Oct 13, 2013
Oct 13, 2013
Well who would have thought it. I'm reading a book about ... wait for it .... vampires! It's funny, good yarn, a bit overwritten but hey ... . Thanks...more
Feb 21, 2009
Feb 12, 2009
A fascinating introduction to the remote and, from what the writer indicates, beautiful and eerie Shetland Isles waaay up there north of Scotland. I'v...more
Oct 25, 2011
Oct 05, 2011
The Harry Bosch Novels, Volume 1: The Black Echo / The Black Ice / The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch, #1-3)
What can I say! Connelly is such a stylist and he keeps you waiting for more and more details as the pages turn. 'The Concrete Blonde' has enough twis...more
Nov 05, 2008
Nov 11, 2008
Year of Wonders
I enjoy Geraldine Brooks' writing very much. This story set almost entirely in the Peak District during the plague year 1666 is based on historical re...more
Jul 11, 2013
Mar 05, 2009
Sarah's Key
I had no idea about the awful events of July 16-17, 1942 when the French government rounded up and treated so appallingly those Jewish men, women and...more
Sep 08, 2011
Jul 24, 2011
Tales from Outer Suburbia
Gorgous drawing and art work to enhance/accompany his own stories. Beautifully realised.
not set
Feb 14, 2010
The Game (Mary Russell, #7)
A great romp ... Holmes and Russell in 1920s India ... and a little touch of Kipling to boot. I'm loving this series more and more.
Oct 07, 2010
Oct 02, 2010
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