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Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt
I have rated this without reading it (yet) as an expression of my excitement for this book. SQUEEEEEEE!!!!
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Nov 05, 2013
The Innocent (War of the Roses, #1)
Will paste my review of the whole series (or as much of it as I was able to read) from Amazon here. This is the only book I've read that's moved me su...more
Jan 2006
Jan 02, 2011
Ripple: A Dolphin Love Story
For me, I think it was the last chapter that transformed this book from something fascinating, unusual, well researched and imaginative into something...more
Apr 17, 2012
Mar 29, 2012
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
So interesting. A bit slow to begin with as the background leading up to the need for the protection of Western Europe's cultural heritage during WWII...more
Jul 25, 2010
Dec 13, 2009
Penguins Stopped Play: Eleven Village Cricketers Take on the World
I'm so sad I finished this book. I just loved it. I loved the type of humour, the style of writing, and above all I loved the subject matter. I don't...more
Mar 22, 2011
Feb 20, 2011
Sacred Hearts
Hmmm. Rather enjoyed this, although it was quite slow paced for much of the time. Sarah Dunant writes like a poet, and at times I had to resist the ur...more
Oct 17, 2009
Jul 03, 2009
Gosh, I enjoyed this - well as much as I ever enjoy any Richard III book. And I've read a lot of them. The trouble is that I know how the story must e...more
Apr 17, 2008
Jul 12, 2007
Lords of the North (The Saxon Stories, #3)
I enjoyed this very much, although I wonder just how wise it is to drive suburban streets while listening to graphic descriptions of people hitting ea...more
Sep 22, 2008
Aug 24, 2008
Spellbinder (Spellbinder, #1)
Ok, truth is I didn't finish this. I got bored with it. I got bored with long scenes that were packed with apparently pointless detail and dialogue. Y...more
May 21, 2008
Jul 15, 2007
The Master of Bruges
Really very enjoyable. I found I liked the European half of the story better than the English, possibly because of the novelty value. Utterly shocked...more
Apr 10, 2010
Jan 01, 2010
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
I doubt I would have picked this book up on the blurb alone, but seeing it spoken of so highly in various groups here, and seeing every second kid at...more
Oct 09, 2011
Dec 31, 2010
Flint and Silver: A Prequel to Treasure Island
**spoiler alert** Well, I got half way through the 2nd disc before another audiobook arrived off my waiting list at the library, and I gratefully retu...more
Nov 2009
Nov 11, 2009
Hex Appeal (Phoenix Chronicles; The Shadowfae Chronicles, #4.5; Kate Daniels, #5.6; The Dresden Files, #11.9)
First up: the Ilona Andrews, which is the point of me having this book out of the library. Highly enjoyable, and should tine me over until the next Ka...more
May 17, 2013
Aug 11, 2012
Last Honest Woman, The
Disclaimer: I'm reading this because it is a) available as an audio download at the library b) was 'in' last night when I was looking for a short book...more
Jun 13, 2012
Jun 02, 2012
One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, #2)
OK, 2 stars is pretty harsh. But in a couple of years when I'm looking at book #3 wondering if #2 was really that bad, I want it reinforced that yes,...more
Sep 02, 2012
Jul 09, 2012
The First Man in Rome (Masters of Rome, #1)
Epic. Bought the hardback version 2nd hand because I wanted nice big versions of the maps on the endpapers, and also realised I'd be spending much of...more
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Aug 13, 2011
The Lord of the Rings
Almost certain this is the edition my sister owned - a single volume but without appendices. Probably read this around 1981
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Jun 04, 2014
Life of Pi
I really enjoyed this book, right up to the last... oh, about 50 pages? The first section, telling of Pi's early life was moderately interesting, alth...more
Apr 2007
Jul 12, 2007
Trail of Blood
Dug up a review I'd written for this back in October '04 when I read it.

From the back cover: In 1536, the murder of the princes in the Tower is still...more
Oct 2004
Jan 19, 2011
The Court of the Midnight King
This is probably the most unusual Richard III novel Ive ever read, and Ive read a few. A young history student in present day UK sees a video of Olivi...more
Feb 2005
Jan 19, 2011
Regency Buck
Yay! Just listened to the last half hour of this instead of going to the pub this afternoon. I know! Can't for the life of me remember if I read this...more
Nov 06, 2009
Oct 19, 2009
The Tea House On Mulberry Street
**spoiler alert** Long, rambling, not very positive review thing follows. Minor bitchiness. And some spoilers. *ticks the spoilers box*

This book has b...more
Jan 13, 2011
Jan 09, 2011
King's Ransom
A perfectly adequate example of the genre. This book is a bit of a curiosity - the named author is a pseudonym, and the book is written as if it is a...more
Jan 12, 2009
May 21, 2008
Devil of the Highlands
Reading this on account of a) happening to spot it as available in the digital library catalogue, 2. having read the truly hilarious and scathing drun...more
Nov 17, 2011
Nov 07, 2011
War Junkie: One Man's Addiction to the Worst Places on Earth
Heard the author interviewed on the radio, and knew I had to read the book. Managed to get it from the library, and once I read it I went looking for...more
Jan 2005
Aug 11, 2007
Everyday Smart Food for the Family
OK, so I've finally gone through and tape-flagged some recipes to test out of this. The hot and sour soup I did on Thursday night was amazing,...more
Jun 20, 2011
Jun 02, 2011
The Dark Highlander (Highlander, #5)
Man I found this book annoying, and on a number of levels.
The story... well, I thought the story was quite interesting. But then there was the "If I...more
Jan 07, 2010
Dec 19, 2009
A Wizard of Earthsea
I remember buying this book, at 8 years old, from a bookshop in Victoria street that's not there any more, because I thought the title and cover were...more
Jan 1979
Apr 19, 2011
The Ravenscar Dynasty
To be honest, I'm a bit ambivalent about this one. I don't know how many of the disappointments with this book are due to abridgment. Further, there w...more
Jan 27, 2010
Jan 06, 2010
Practically Perfect
Probably my least liked Katie fforde so far. I'd probably prefer to give this 2.8 stars, but it's only a 5 point scale. I found the characters annoyin...more
Dec 17, 2009
Dec 06, 2009
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