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Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry. Leanne Shapton
3.86
The novel tells the story of a four year failed relationship between the eponymous Lenore (a epicurean columnist specialising in cakes) and Harold (a...more
Jan 2010
Jul 09, 2010
 
Sea Hearts
3.74
Sea Hearts is Margo Lanagan writing at her very, very best. The prose is both lyrical and visceral, and the story is a masterful extrapolation from he...more
Mar 2012
May 29, 2012
 
Bad Power
4.24
A masterful short story suite which explores what it might really be like to have super powers, or to simply live in a world where others possess them...more
Dec 2011
Apr 06, 2012
 
When Gravity Fails
3.97
Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into this book at all. I like some of the SF ideas -- the add-ons and modules that people use to modify, and someti...more
Apr 03, 2012
Apr 03, 2012
 
The Book Thief
4.36
I simply adored this book. It's one I will probably re-read every few years because it is so intelligently, so passionately, so expertly crafted. I lo...more
Apr 2010
Jul 05, 2010
 
Houses Without Doors
3.76
A short story collection that I first read about fifteen years ago and which has stood up well to re-reading. (Despite my memory of it being rather di...more
Mar 2012
Apr 03, 2012
 
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
3.31
A retelling and examination of the gospel stories concerning the life of Jesus Christ, only Pullman posits that Mary actually had twins -- Jesus AND C...more
Jun 2010
Jul 04, 2010
 
Beauty Queens
3.56
This book was recommended by people whose opinion I trust but, to be honest, I still started out expecting not all that much. Teenage beauty queens? R...more
Dec 2011
Apr 06, 2012
 
Pretty Monsters: Stories
3.93
I hadn't read very much of Kelly Link's work before I picked up this copy of Pretty Monsters. Now I must certainly read more. She writes with such a c...more
Jul 14, 2010
Jul 14, 2010
 
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)
3.90
I feel this book came to me under false pretences. I had no idea that it was, essentially, a Romance novel with supernatural trappings and a nod to co...more
Jul 05, 2010
Jul 03, 2010
 
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)
3.78
A interesting book which starts off well but loses its way somewhere in the middle and doesn't know where it ends up.

I love unconventional narrative...more
Jan 2012
Apr 06, 2012
 
The Red Tree
3.70
This is an astonishingly good book by Kiernan, who is hands-down one of the best writers of weird fiction, especially dark weird fiction, working toda...more
Dec 2010
Apr 03, 2012
 
Hope: A Tragedy
3.40
While I didn't love this book, I found a lot to admire in Auslander's writing and I am keen to read more of his work. The black, black humour was deft...more
Mar 2012
Apr 03, 2012
 
Bluegrass Symphony
4.68
An absolutely brilliant collection of short stories, made even more impressive by the fact that it is Hannett's debut publication in book form. The st...more
Oct 2011
Apr 03, 2012
 
Queenpin
3.80
Loved this book so much -- Megan Abbott has instantly becomes one of my new favourite authors whose work I will devour greedily. A period hardboiled c...more
Mar 2012
Apr 03, 2012
 
We Need to Talk About Kevin
4.04
A truly engaging and engrossing epistolary novel, which is perhaps even better on the second reading. A perfectly reliable narrator with a possibly un...more
Dec 2011
Apr 03, 2012
 
Tell-All
2.81
Not as good as I would have expected from Palahniuk, but a fun read nevertheless. The snarky and acerbic protagonist kept me turning the pages despite...more
Jun 2010
Jul 05, 2010
 
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
4.08
Truly, one of my most favourite books. Ever. This is a novel penned by a writer at the height of her creative powers and one I will re-read over and o...more
Sep 2011
Apr 03, 2012
 
Everyone's Just So So Special
4.47
Another wonderous, quirky, darkly humourous and, at times, utterly poignant collection from Rob Shearman, once of the finest short stories writers you...more
Oct 2011
Apr 03, 2012
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
An absolutely pitch-perfect ending.
Jul 2011
Apr 03, 2012
 
Henry Hoey Hobson
4.16
I greatly enjoyed reading Henry Hoey Hobson, and actually found myself laughing out loud in various places. It's a fun, well-paced novel for young adu...more
Jul 10, 2010
Jul 09, 2010
 
The Tiger's Wife
3.35
Some beautifully written set-pieces within a fragmented whole that, overall, left me quite cold. I would have preferred, I think, to see a collection...more
Dec 2011
Apr 03, 2012
 
Tomorrow, When the War Began (The Tomorrow Series, #1)
4.06
This is a book I've had on my To Read shelf for years ... so many years that the edition I read was actually titled "When the War Began" (sans Tomorro...more
Jul 2010
Jul 27, 2010
 
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
4.01
A strange book that I remember really enjoying when it first came out, and that I positively loathed upon a re-read several years later. Still contain...more
Jul 2011
Apr 03, 2012
 
Love Songs For the Shy and Cynical
4.27
A beautiful collection of short fiction from the exceedingly talented Rob Shearman who, it seems, can put barely a foot wrong. Funny, heartbreaking, p...more
Feb 2010
Jul 09, 2010
 
The Secret Feminist Cabal: A Cultural History of Science Fiction Feminisms
4.00
Excellent scholarly overview and theoretical discussion of SF and SF fandom over the past century or so from a feminist standpoint. Very crunchy indee...more
Jun 2010
Jul 03, 2010
 
Blankets
4.06
Graceful, emotive art underscores a story which often threatens, but skillfully manages to avoid, sentimentalism or schmaltz. I love the ending which...more
Apr 05, 2012
Apr 04, 2012
 
The Courier's New Bicycle
3.78
Marvellous to see some top quality Australian science fiction, and even more so to see a genderqueer narrator done with such grace and style.

For an i...more
Feb 2012
Apr 03, 2012
 
The Ghost Writer
3.36
An excellent jigsaw puzzle of a book built around a conventional first person narrative, epistolary forms (letters and emails), described/transcribed...more
Jul 08, 2010
Jul 05, 2010
 
Eclipse 4: New Science Fiction and Fantasy
3.73
A varied and very enjoyable anthology, with some truly standout stories by Caitlin R Kiernan, Kij Johnson and Nalo Hopkinson.

For an in depth discussio...more
Jul 2011
Apr 03, 2012
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