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Super Cannes
3.68
I really enjoy Ballard's writing style, and having come from "Crash" I found "Super Cannes" contained similar themes of violence in the modern world b ...more
Sep 29, 2014
Sep 01, 2014
 
House of Small Shadows
3.50
This is an excellent horror novel from a writer working at the top of his game. Creepy, unnerving, uneasy with a believeable back story and plenty of ...more
Apr 22, 2014
Apr 08, 2014
 
Double Vision
3.13
I picked this up as holiday reading once the other books I'd taken for the ride had been read. And to be honest, this is just what this book is: holid ...more
Aug 10, 2010
Aug 18, 2010
 
Shenanigans
3.00
Bought this a long while ago and it just sat on the shelf as I suspected it wasn't quite what I wanted to read. As it turns out, my suspicions were co ...more
Jun 07, 2012
May 08, 2012
 
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (Panther)
4.29
It's difficult to say so much in so few words, but Carver is an expert at this and these stories shimmer in their brevity. Occasionally, however, they ...more
Sep 12, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
 
Clockwork Orange
3.95
Finally got around to reading this book that I've had on my shelves for years. I found it a quick and surprisingly easy read. I'm in two minds as to w ...more
Apr 26, 2012
Apr 23, 2012
 
Ponthe Oldenguine
4.33
Ok, so this is my book. But as it's recently been published and I always re-read my work once it's published I gave it a go and thoroughly enjoyed it! ...more
Sep 26, 2010
Oct 02, 2010
 
Memoirs Of A Master Forger
3.68
Sometimes you pick up a book which is a luxury: something you can
immerse yourself within and savour. This is one of them.

Ostensibly a story about a ma
...more
Jan 11, 2010
Dec 09, 2009
 
Breakfast of Champions
4.08
Well this was a blast. Rather surprisingly this is the first Vonnegut I've read. I tend to shy away from popular books, which is why I haven't started ...more
Feb 11, 2011
Feb 02, 2011
 
The Path to the Spiders' Nests (Penguin Modern Classics)
3.68
Calvino's first novel is a book of two halves. Initially I was intrigued by the main character - his cheekiness, unwillingness to respect authority, a ...more
Apr 03, 2012
Mar 20, 2012
 
The Day of the Triffids
3.97
I'm sure I don't need to tell anyone the plot of this book, but I found it a rollicking good read and as pertinent today as when it was written almost ...more
Apr 22, 2010
Apr 17, 2010
 
Double Indemnity
4.11
This was another excellent read following on from "The Postman Always Rings Twice" which I enjoyed a few weeks ago. I think I prefer this book out of ...more
Nov 30, 2009
Nov 25, 2009
 
Stan and Ollie: The Double Life of Laurel and Hardy
3.95
I thoroughly enjoyed this bio of the best comedy duo of all time. Louvish has an interesting style which avoids the book simply becoming a collection ...more
Jul 29, 2014
Jul 08, 2014
 
K-Pax
4.02
I saw this movie prior to purchasing the book and - as usual with anything Kevin Spacey is involved in - it was pretty damn good. Reading the book it ...more
Oct 18, 2009
Sep 11, 2009
 
Equations of Life
3.86
I enjoyed this SF-romp through its near future scenario populated by various low life and gang warfare. It was a fast and entertaining read, carried a ...more
Sep 06, 2013
Aug 27, 2013
 
La-Bas
3.99
There are several strands to La Bas, some more interesting than others. One has the main character pursued by a femme fatale type woman, another has h ...more
Dec 09, 2014
Nov 13, 2014
 
Liberty or Love! and Mourning for Mourning
4.80
There are some beautifully strange passages in this excellently produced book by surrealist Robert Desnos. My preference was for the automatic writing ...more
Nov 03, 2014
Oct 20, 2014
 
Elvis, Jesus & Coca-Cola
3.73
This is the second Kinky Friedman book I've read and it follows much the same lines as the first: a mix of humourous anecdotes, wisecracks, and a plot ...more
Mar 28, 2014
Mar 12, 2014
 
The Long Good-bye (Philip Marlowe, #6)
4.23
I can't fault this novel. It is perfect hardboiled noir with a killer ending. Even if that ending might have been foreseen, it was certainly hoped for ...more
May 30, 2014
May 12, 2014
 
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
4.17
This is a book I've been wanting to read for a while, having seen the film many years ago. I could only remember bits and pieces of the movie, but eve ...more
Apr 08, 2013
Mar 08, 2013
 
The Silent Cry
3.83
It's taken me almost two months to read this book. Maybe the typeface on my copy is a little small to be reading late at night with tired eyes, but wh ...more
Oct 24, 2012
Sep 10, 2012
 
Die a Little
3.72
This is a storming noir from a writer I haven't picked up before, but will certainly be returning to. All the tropes of the genre are here as expected ...more
May 07, 2013
Apr 22, 2013
 
Houdini's Last Illusion
3.40
This novella is an entertaining fictional account of Houdini's last days and manages to pack a lot into a few pages. Saville's prose is direct and wit ...more
Dec 27, 2012
Dec 08, 2012
 
Apartment 16
3.04
I thoroughly enjoyed this piece of intelligent horror. Read that again: INTELLIGENT horror. I'm not a great horror fan and for me those two words have ...more
Oct 02, 2010
Sep 05, 2010
 
The Blood Of Others
3.93
Oh dear. Got as far as page 48 and the next page was 65. Not torn out pages, but a printing error: pages 65 to 80 appear twice in the book, and there ...more
Dec 16, 2010
Dec 07, 2010
 
Life: A User's Manual
4.27
I'm not usually a fan of long books which is my own undoing as it might have meant I could have passed this gem by. It's an incredible work to which a ...more
May 12, 2014
Apr 07, 2014
 
The Man On The Boulevard
3.77
This is an enjoyable and intriguing page turner of a murder mystery. The dialogue is fast and succinct, the language plain and to the point, and there ...more
Sep 24, 2013
Sep 18, 2013
 
The Dice Man
3.59
People remake films all the time (which I usually disagree with), but occasionally I think they should remake books too. This one deserves a 2009-reth ...more
May 28, 2009
May 17, 2009
 
The Very Breast of Russ Meyer
3.50
This is an info/interview-packed book about the movies of Russ Meyer and well worth a read to gain an insight into both the man and his films. It left ...more
Dec 27, 2012
Dec 08, 2012
 
Linger Awhile
3.39
Picked this up secondhand and read it in a day. Must admit the cover attracted me, and whilst the build-up to this pulp story was good fun, the denoue ...more
Apr 23, 2009
Apr 24, 2009
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