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Ulverton
3.73
liked it
I liked the idea of this book: a collection of stories all based in the same English village/hamlet starting around the 13th century and moving chrono ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 04, 2008
 
Brick Lane
3.38
liked it
This was a good read that kept me coming back for more, but the ending left me slightly puzzled: I couldn't quite understand the characters' motivatio ...more
Jan 2008
Oct 18, 2007
 
Atonement
3.87
really liked it
**spoiler alert** This went great until the end- beautifully written, wonderful descriptive passages, a page-turner, but I really am in two minds abou ...more
Feb 2008
Sep 28, 2007
 
Half of a Yellow Sun
4.27
it was amazing
For me the best thing about this book was the narrative style: how the reader is not spoon-fed every thought and feeling that the characters have. I f ...more
May 2008
Apr 29, 2008
 
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
4.06
liked it
I've got to be honest and say that although I thought the idea behind the trilogy was excellent, and generally a page-turning read, I was disappointed ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 21, 2008
 
Miramar
3.81
it was ok
I wasn't really sure what to expect from this, having never read any Arab literature before. I liked the idea of each character in the story relating ...more
Apr 2008
Mar 31, 2008
 
The Quiet Girl
3.25
it was amazing
I discovered Hoeg about 10 years ago in a literature class, where we studied opening passages from 'Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow', and I've been smi ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 13, 2008
 
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1)
4.00
really liked it
A scary sneak preview of life to come? It was certainly plausible enough to make me wonder what we humans are doing to our planet.
Aside from that I th
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Jun 2008
Jun 17, 2008
 
The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books,  #1)
4.24
liked it
Good plot- although guessable at times it was still a page-turner. But the prose took me a while to get used to: at times I think something was lost i ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 26, 2008
 
Woman's World: A Graphic Novel
3.97
liked it
What I liked most about this book was the fact that it had been compiled from women's magazines, which made it unlike anything I've ever read before.
I
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Mar 2008
Feb 13, 2008
 
A Suitable Boy (A Suitable Boy, #1)
4.10
it was amazing
Fantastic! If you're prepared to put the time in for such a long book you'll find yourself rewarded with wonderful characters that jump off the page, ...more
Sep 2008
Jul 03, 2008
 
Middlesex
3.98
really liked it
Good story, very wll written, though perhaps lacking in empathy or 'realness'. I felt at a distance from the characters throughout the novel- like one ...more
Oct 2008
Aug 20, 2008
 
A Fine Balance
4.34
it was amazing
Brilliant- if I could give it 6 starts I would! The writing was fantastic, and the plot as deftly put together as Dina's quilt. It made me laugh, cry, ...more
Apr 2008
Jan 31, 2008
 
The Diary of  a Provincial Lady
3.97
liked it
A bit of a cross between Bridget Jones' Diary & Jeeves & Wooster is the only way I can describe this! It had some great humourous moments, and ...more
Oct 30, 2008
Aug 20, 2008
 
The Blind Assassin
3.94
really liked it
This was a well-written book with an interesting story. However, for me it lacked that 'something' that would have made a good book into something won ...more
May 2008
May 10, 2008
 
The Interpretation of Murder (Freud, #1)
3.52
it was ok
Well, it kept me reading to the end, despite some atrocious editing on the way, but that's where it all fell apart! The ending was quite unbelievable, ...more
May 2008
May 16, 2008
 
Eleven Minutes
3.69
really liked it
This is my third Coehlo novel, and he doesn't disappoint...except for the ending. I didn't want/expect the Hollywood happily ever after and felt somew ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 07, 2008
 
The Brooklyn Follies
3.81
really liked it
I really enjoy this very dry humour and what seems to me a very American style of writing, and found this the perfect antidote to/break from the thing ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 21, 2008
 
Shantaram
4.26
it was amazing
What a story! It certainly kept me coming back for more, and was wonderfully written. At times I felt the editor's touch, but it was infrequent enough ...more
Mar 2008
Aug 26, 2007
 
Alentejo Blue
2.69
it was ok
Nice descriptions of Portugal, but otherwise it seemed like fragmented pieces of a story. It seemed like an attempt at post-modernist writing that had ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 17, 2008
 
The Yacoubian Building
3.65
liked it
Interesting read...nice detail about life in Eqypt, but I never really felt engaged in the story or characters, and often felt the writing/translation ...more
Nov 2008
Aug 20, 2008
 
Kafka on the Shore
4.13
it was amazing
Marvellous! Murakami winds the narrative strands together in such a masterful way, and the story is full of little quirks, twists and turns that keep ...more
Feb 2008
Jan 31, 2008
 
The Relic
3.78
it was amazing
Gripping yarn, wonderful language, humour, satire, plus a bit of moralising- what more could you ask for?!!
Jan 2008
Jan 14, 2008
 
The Makioka Sisters
4.00
really liked it
Lovely story, interesting characters, and nice details of upper class society in pre-WW2 Osaka/Kyoto.
May 2008
May 19, 2008
 
A Thousand Splendid Suns
4.33
liked it
Nice story, quick easy read, but in my opinion too similar to The Kite Runner to stand out on its own.
Jun 2008
Jun 29, 2008
 
The Snake Stone (Yashim the Eunuch, #2)
3.74
really liked it
Good ol' mystery, some nice historical info about Istanbul, and the cooking details were a nice touch.
May 2008
Jun 09, 2008
 
The Heart of the Matter
3.98
I find it impossible to rate this book simply because I couldn't relate to it.
Apr 2008
Apr 02, 2008
 
Northern Lights (His Dark Materials, #1)
3.93
really liked it
Cracking good read for sci-fi fans!
Nov 2008
Nov 13, 2008
 
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2)
4.10
really liked it
None
Nov 21, 2008
Nov 18, 2008
 
Saturday
3.61
really liked it
None
Jun 2008
Apr 02, 2008
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