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Notes from an Exhibition
Haunting. What starts as a story about a Bipolar artist becomes much more than a simple tale of adversity. Moving backward and forward in time, reveal ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 15, 2008
I read this as a child, a battered, yellowed copy that belonged to my parents. It is a mark of how I loved this book that I still have that copy today ...more
not set
Aug 21, 2007
Blinding Light
I didn't enjoy this book. Although I like Theroux's writing style and the cut glass quality of his descriptive passages, I found the overall work to b ...more
Nov 07, 2007
Sep 05, 2007
The Nothing Girl
There is a phenomenon in the fan fiction community known as the Mary-Sue in which a writer incorporates themselves as they would like to be. Usually o ...more
Dec 26, 2014
Dec 26, 2014
Shattered Glass (Shattered Glass, #1)
Absolutely loved it! Fast paced, intelligent, funny as hell, character-driven, gritty - it's like all the things you'd want from any novel, but with a ...more
Apr 2012
Apr 11, 2012
The Music Room
I don't quite know what to make of this book. On one hand it is a scientific history and on another it is the life of a young boy growing up in privil ...more
Oct 31, 2014
Oct 31, 2014
The Devil's Novice (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #8)
I didn't like this one as much as the last couple. Cadfael's wounded bird this time was less likeable than some others. The murderer's motives were on ...more
Oct 31, 2014
Oct 31, 2014
A Companion to Wolves (Iskryne World, #1)
This is not what I expected. I think I may have followed an "if you like this you'll love..." to come to this work and I should know better. I think i ...more
May 31, 2013
May 31, 2013
Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant, #2)
I left a gap between this book and the last and I'd forgotten how much I love the way Aaronovitch writes. Every single page has something funny enough ...more
Mar 03, 2013
Mar 03, 2013
Advent (Advent Trilogy #1)
I rarely believe hype, but I bought this after seeing an interview with the author. It's a modern day tale twined through with ancient myth. It's a go ...more
Jan 2012
Feb 08, 2012
Fabulous pictures make this book a must, but I felt depressed by the end of it. Rather than a travel memoir, Parry increasingly seeks out the horrors ...more
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May 12, 2011
Black Ships (Numinous World, #1)
Loved this. Lyrical but easy to read. Favourite elements included how human these legendary figures were, how cleverly historical and archaeological e ...more
Jun 2012
Jun 11, 2012
Three Men in a Boat
This book amazed me. I never thought that a book considered to be a classic and written as long ago as this could make me laugh so hard. It's dry and ...more
not set
Sep 16, 2007
Time's Legacy
I remember as a teen reading Lady of Hay, so when I saw this on offer I thought I'd give it a go. It had the same page-turning level of suspense, but ...more
Jul 24, 2014
Jul 23, 2014
**spoiler alert** Interesting.


The scene where the deaths occurred was very harrowing to read, and I guess this was the authors int
Oct 2009
Oct 17, 2009
The Universe Versus Alex Woods
Really enjoyed this and read it at a gallop. Alex's narration has a touch of the "Curious incident of the the dog in the night" about it but despite h ...more
Feb 25, 2014
Feb 23, 2014
Lark Rise
The tiny lives of the people in this historical account are fascinating and rich. I learned so much about turn of the century Britain.
Jan 1992
Aug 01, 2007
Dawn wind
This is the first book I have read from this author and I fell in love instantly with the style of writing. Thank you writerlibrarian for the recs!

Oct 27, 2013
Oct 27, 2013
The Snow Child
Gorgeous read with so much to recommend it. The backdrop of Alaska in the 1920s with its frontier mentality coupled with the sorrow of the main charac ...more
Feb 15, 2013
Feb 15, 2013
A Madness of Angels (Matthew Swift #1)
*** Teensy spoiler ahead*** Written in a very lyrical style which is nicely at odds with the setting and the hero's voice. I liked the descriptions of ...more
Aug 05, 2013
Aug 05, 2013
Before I Go To Sleep
Gobbled this book up in two days. The writing style is spare and gives a good mirror of the disjointed thought processes of the narrator. I thought th ...more
Aug 2011
Aug 25, 2011
Storm From The East: From Genghis Khan To Khubilai Khan
This wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but all the library had on Ghengis Khan. I'd gone in looking for a biography. Instead it's an overview of ...more
Jul 30, 2012
Jul 24, 2012
Hearing Birds Fly: A Nomadic Year in Mongolia
Wonderful read and extra interesting because it's from the POV of a woman travelling alone. She is not only narrating the sights and sounds but also t ...more
Aug 17, 2012
Aug 14, 2012
Theft: A Love Story
A really interesting book, but one I probably would never have picked up myself. It has a switching 1st person POV from 2 brothers, one an artist and ...more
Nov 2008
Jan 03, 2009
The Duchess
I was surprised by how interesting this book was; I'd been put off by the parallels that had been drawn between Georgiana's life and that of Princess ...more
Aug 28, 2009
Aug 20, 2009
Broken Homes (Peter Grant, #4)
I love Peter Grant and I was so excited about the new book coming out, and it was good. But it wasn't great. There were errors in the Kindle edition, ...more
Aug 12, 2013
Jun 08, 2013
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
Enjoyable with complex, three dimensional characters... and so many of them. It takes you a while to get them all straight in your head and more than ...more
Apr 24, 2013
Apr 24, 2013
Royal Assassin (The Farseer Trilogy, #2)
Enjoying a lot about this series, including good characters, non-typical gender roles and a tight but lyrical writing style. There is a lot of foresha ...more
Jan 21, 2013
Jan 21, 2013
The Graveyard Book
I always wonder how an author whose style is quite sparse, writes such memorable and thought provoking books. This story is dark and poignant and trea ...more
Jan 2009
Feb 14, 2009
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Thi is an insightful book. As a rule I do not highlight my books - unthinkable! But in this case there were so many parts where I wished for a fat, pi ...more
Jan 08, 2015
Dec 04, 2012
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