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The Emperor of Lies
I know I offered to review this for Stu’s Shadow Independent Foreign Fiction Prize team, but having plodded through the first 51 pages of 664, it’s qu ...more
Apr 2012
Mar 11, 2012
From a Cornish Window.
I downloaded ‘From a Cornish Window” for sentimental reasons (having lived in Cornwall for a while) but it's not about Cornwall - and it is most bizar ...more
May 09, 2011
Apr 25, 2011
Keating: The Inside Story
Oh what a disappointment! Keating was one of our most interesting prime ministers and his career was amazing considering he left school at 15. But the ...more
Dec 13, 1988
Jan 10, 2011
I know it's not kind to discourage an author who's had the initiative to bypass mainstream publishing for some reason, but I can usually pick self-pub ...more
not set
Dec 01, 2012
Let the Great World Spin
Hmm, not up to the hype.
Would anybody be reading it if it didn't have a link to those Two Towers? Methinks not.
I read the first two chapters and dec
Sep 17, 2009
Sep 17, 2009
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
I shouldn't really have selected the 'read' shelf for this, because I gave up after 30 pages. All that hype, I should have known better...
Dec 22, 2009
Dec 19, 2009
West Block: The Hidden World Of Canberra's Mandarins
I tried, I really did. I read almost half of it because I wanted to like it, I wanted to enjoy a book that unpacks the Canberra bureaucracy and politi ...more
not set
Dec 26, 2013
A Traveller's Companion to Moscow
I was disappointed in this. It's an anthology of excerpts about aspects of Moscow, but I was fed up with it after about 30 pages. The introduction was ...more
Jun 21, 2011
Jun 21, 2011
One Hundred Years of Solitude
**spoiler alert** I looked up Wikipedia about this book and wondered if I'd read the same one!
The whimsy and
Mar 18, 2002
Jul 25, 2009
Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China
I didn't abandon this for the usual reasons: it's superbly well written and very interesting to read.
The opening chapters about Peking in the 1930s we
Jan 31, 2013
Jun 15, 2012
Don Dunstan, Intimacy and Liberty
I don’t usually on my blog on books that I abandon, but I was very disappointed in this biography of Don Dunstan, innovative Premier of South Australi ...more
Sep 26, 2014
Aug 01, 2014
A Visit from the Goon Squad
Incomprehensible. I don't understand the slang.
I don't care if it's authentic, I can't bear the replication of the adolescent 'goes' instead of 'said'
May 05, 2011
Apr 29, 2011
True Murder
I downloaded a Kindle sample because I was looking for something to read for Ghanian Literature Week, but it seemed a bit YA to me so I didn't go on w ...more
Sep 2011
Dec 30, 2011
The Low Road
Just not my kind of book. It's part noir thriller and part modern tale of alienation and despair and neither interested me enough to keep reading when ...more
Feb 12, 2011
Feb 11, 2011
Author, Author
I like David Lodge, and this rating is probably not fair. But I had just read The Masterby Colm Toibin, and this so feeble by comparison, I couldn't m ...more
Jun 10, 2006
Apr 23, 2011
Monkey Grip
I tried reading this a long time ago, and couldn't be bothered with it. It was on my book group's reading list, so I bought a second hand copy but cou ...more
Jan 1985
Jul 25, 2009
The Eye of the Sheep
Groan... not another Australian novel about a dysfunctional family.
No thanks, not another achingly sad child narrator with an intellectual disability
Sep 25, 2014
Jul 09, 2014
The Lost Child
I read up to page 50 but child narrators are not for me. What does it add to the novel to deliberately choose a narrative voice so limited in perspect ...more
not set
Feb 28, 2014
Last Chance Cafe
This story might be great but the narration was unbearable. I'll look out for a print copy because the description of the book sounds interesting.
Sep 26, 2013
Sep 26, 2013
Great Western Highway, A Love Story
Nobel Laureate J M Coetzee wrote the blurb so you shouldn't take too much notice of my opinion. Please visit my blog to see a link to a review from so ...more
Nov 25, 2012
Oct 01, 2012
Titus Alone (Gormenghast, #3)
It's not really right to tag this as 'read' because I didn't. I tried, I made a good start but I skipped so many chunks of it I have to own up that it ...more
Jan 2007
Dec 27, 2010
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
See Genia Lukin's review: it says it all.
Jan 2009
Apr 09, 2011
I haven't really abandoned this, I will come back to it later, but when I do, I'll need to start again.
Having said that, it is true that the book had
not set
Dec 30, 2010
I gave up at page 26. Not my kind of book so it's not fair to comment on it.
Aug 29, 2012
Jul 29, 2012
Browsed through a few pages of this while staying at a B&B - just to confirm that nothing this man writes holds any interest for me.
But he's very
Jan 2005
Feb 27, 2011
Woeful. Am mystified as to what others see in it. It's a prize winning book, but to me it's a case of the emperor's new clothes... See
Aug 15, 2009
Jul 25, 2009
On the Road
Maybe I should try and read this again. It's a cult novel, it's supposed to be one of the great works of AMerican fiction.
Then again, maybe not. I fo
Jan 1989
Mar 26, 2010
Books are expensive in Australia but I didn't want to waste my time as well as my money on this.
Dec 11, 2010
Jan 15, 2011
An Elegant Young Man
I just couldn't get into this. For a review which seems to make sense of it, see
not set
Nov 04, 2013
Gormenghast (Gormenghast, #2)
It's not really fair to tag this 'read' because I didn't finish it. I did try...but it's just not my kind of book.
Aug 2007
Mar 26, 2010
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