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The Art of Meditation. Matthieu Ricard
This is a book I will read again and again. Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk and his guide to meditation is very practical and written with a secula...more
Jan 14, 2012
Dec 27, 2011
The Moonstone
The Moonstone is a very satisfying mystery. The story traces the progress of a famous and revered yellow diamond and its mysterious disappearance afte...more
Jun 12, 2010
May 14, 2010
Basil is the younger son of an old, aristocratic English family. His father's family pride is the paramount consideration in his life. Basil falls in...more
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Jul 04, 2010
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
This was Dickens last-and unfinished-novel. If you read it, you may be disconcerted by the abrupt finish before any loose ends have been tied up. Notw...more
Jul 09, 2010
Jul 04, 2010
Drive By
TV footage of pock-marked houses, broken windows and shocked by-standers has become common place in Sydney in recent years as tawdry gang wars roll in...more
Sep 07, 2013
Sep 03, 2013
The Golden Bowl
Just awful. I have only read 74 pages, most of which were introduction. This is one of James late novels. Maybe the last? 1901 or 2? Don't really care...more
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Feb 01, 2012
Intriguing premise, executed well. One wouldn't expect less of Stephen King.

SK doesn't usually write historical fiction and he wrote about the past c...more
Jan 18, 2012
Jan 09, 2012
Call Me Cruel
The prosecutor who was asked to assess this case for prosecution said it was one of the most bizarre cases she had ever come across. It is bizarre and...more
Feb 21, 2012
Feb 05, 2012
Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)
Inventive YA read with a likeable main character, 17 year-old Cass, who is a ghost killer. Whilst he is well fleshed out, the other characters require...more
Apr 19, 2013
Apr 18, 2013
The Fortune of the Rougons (Les Rougon-Macquart, #1)
The Fortune of the Rougons lays the foundation for the Rougon-Macquart series, 20 novels about various characters from one family living in France dur...more
Sep 23, 2012
Sep 01, 2012
An Apology for Idlers
A reminder about the importance of idling. Stevenson's argument is valid, however I prefer Chesterton's essay on the same subject; On Lying in Bed and...more
Mar 15, 2011
Mar 11, 2011
The Confession
The Confession reads more like a true crime book than a novel and is a strong political statement against the death penalty. I liked it, not least bec...more
Mar 10, 2011
Nov 12, 2010
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
The Hunger Games (THG) is an excellent adventure. I listened to the audio-book, expertly read by Carolyn McCormick. I'm not going to give you the blur...more
Feb 25, 2011
Oct 01, 2010
The Canterbury Tales
I was surprised how much I enjoyed The Canterbury Tales. Within the framework of a pilgrimage to Canterbury, Chaucer wrote stories of great diversity,...more
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Mar 06, 2010
If I Were God, I'd End All the Pain: Struggling with Evil, Suffering and Faith
Easy to read, short explanation of why God allows suffering. Originally I gave it two stars, but I have increased it to three, because of the clarity...more
Mar 12, 2011
Mar 12, 2011
Inside the Victorian Home: A Portrait of Domestic Life in Victorian England
This book contains interesting facts about Victorian middle class domestic life that will enrich any reading of Victorian literature.

The author sprin...more
Jun 13, 2010
May 22, 2010
The Way of Zen
Fascinating introduction into Zen Buddhism. Very dense at times and I will have to read the whole thing again, probably a couple of times, and practic...more
Mar 24, 2012
Feb 20, 2012
The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch, #3)
Having recently finished The Drop, it was interesting going right back almost to the beginning of the Bosch series with The Concrete Blonde. The most...more
Jan 09, 2012
Mar 20, 2010
Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse, #9)

Action packed, as usual, but even though there are a ridiculous number of twists and turns, I was able to suspend belief and enjoy the book thoroughl...more
Aug 10, 2012
Aug 09, 2012
Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, #1)
I won't rate this book because I didn't finish it. I didn't finish it because it wasn't my cup of tea. It read more like a screen-play for an action m...more
Mar 03, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
All Together Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #7)

I love the Sookie Stackhouse series, notwithstanding the fact that sometimes the story lines are eye-rollingly absurd. This one, about a vampire conf...more
Aug 08, 2012
Aug 02, 2012
Martin Chuzzlewit
I tried and tried and tried to enjoy this book, but I just didn't care and ended up putting it down just as Martin C is about to get hoodwinked by an...more
Dec 08, 2011
Nov 24, 2011
Lady Audley's Secret
What a cracker of a story! The main characters, Lady Alice Audley and Robert Audley, her 'nephew' are delightful characters. Robert is an amiable, ind...more
Dec 05, 2010
Jun 11, 2010
How to Be Idle
This book changed my life. Really, I am not kidding.

I am lazy and always felt deeply guilty about it. Now I don't.

I am an avid reader and Tom's mani...more
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Mar 15, 2011
The Twelve (The Passage, #2)

Disappointed in the second instalment of this trilogy. I got the impression the author lost his way. Characters have become more shallow, as does the...more
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Jul 07, 2011
Gretel and the Dark
Don't do what I did, which was to start skim reading impatiently about two-thirds through the book. The story deserves a slower and more thoughtful re...more
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Apr 21, 2014
Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse, #4)
The best book of the series so far. Vampires, Weres, witches and ...but I'm not going to give too much away. Thoroughly enjoyed every page.
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Jul 22, 2012
Not one of Mr King's better efforts.
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Aug 23, 2013
The Book Thief

Sentimental rubbish
Jul 07, 2012
Jul 06, 2012
Not scary
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Dec 01, 2012
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