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Half of a Yellow Sun
4.22
This is the powerful true story of the tragic civil war in Nigeria between 1967 and 1970, and the creation and defeat of Biafra. Nigeria itself is a f ...more
Apr 30, 2010
Nov 16, 2008
 
The Complete Persepolis (Persepolis, #1-4)
4.30
Originally published in France in four separate volumes, and later in the US in two, The Complete Persepolis brings them all together for the first ti ...more
Jul 17, 2008
Jul 15, 2008
 
The Phantom of the Opera
3.97
This is another book that has been lingering around with a bookmark sticking out of it since October. It's not that it's a hard read - on the contrary ...more
Dec 29, 2008
Oct 02, 2008
 
Magic's Pawn (Valdemar: Last Herald-Mage #1)
4.20
Vanyel, only fifteen, is the oldest son and therefore heir to a Holding. His mother is seemingly weak-willed and obsessed with her vapours, while his ...more
Apr 21, 2008
Mar 11, 2008
 
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Collector's Edition)
3.50
Originally published as a short-story in Collier's magazine's "Tales of the Jazz Age" in 1922, Fitzgerald's quirky, fairy-tale-like story of a man bor ...more
Dec 16, 2008
Dec 15, 2008
 
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
3.77
When the Great Recession of a few years ago hits the country, Clay Jannon loses his web design job in San Francisco, spending his new free time wander ...more
Nov 14, 2012
Oct 17, 2012
 
Disgrace
3.82
I had had no interest in reading Disgrace for many years but am now thoroughly glad I did, especially with the movie adaptation coming out (starring J ...more
Sep 10, 2007
Sep 27, 2007
 
The Casual Vacancy
3.24
The Casual Vacancy has a large cast of characters and is surprisingly complex considering its simple premise, so let me introduce you to the main peop ...more
Oct 12, 2012
Oct 09, 2012
 
The Shape-Changer's Wife
3.61
This is Shinn's first novel, and a beautifully crafted one at that. The story is simple and simply told, which makes it that much more forceful: a you ...more
Dec 14, 2008
Nov 24, 2008
 
The Road
3.94
Through a twisted landscape of blackened trees and ash a man and his young son make their way along the road, pushing a shopping trolley of their few ...more
Jan 20, 2008
Nov 02, 2007
 
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
3.78
Every now and then you come across a book so perfectly whole, so complete in itself, that you marvel as you read. It has such flow, such control of st ...more
Jun 15, 2010
May 05, 2010
 
Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)
3.90
Just look at this cover, isn't it GORGEOUS?! I absolutely love it. It's so rich, with such sumptuous detail, wonderful design and use of colour and al ...more
Sep 04, 2010
Sep 01, 2010
 
Life of Pi
3.86
This is a perfect example of low - and negative - expectations bringing in the mother load. A year or so ago this book suddenly hit the big time. Ever ...more
Jun 13, 2008
Sep 27, 2007
 
When I Was Five I Killed Myself
3.83
Burton Rembrandt is an intelligent and sensitive eight-year-old boy who excels at spelling. But he has been sent to The Children's Trust Residence Cen ...more
Sep 20, 2011
Jun 29, 2011
 
Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1)
3.51
Seattle, 1879. Fifteen years ago a clever and talented inventor created a machine dubbed the Boneshaker, designed to mine for gold in the Yukon. Inste ...more
Oct 03, 2010
Dec 12, 2009
 
Dragonfly
4.05
This wonderful tale of adventure, self-discovery and love is marketed to the 9-12 year-old age group (like Anne of Green Gables - always a surprise, s ...more
Dec 25, 2008
Dec 08, 2008
 
Bright of the Sky
3.39
Far into our future, the world and the known galaxy is run by a bare handful of powerful corporations, the brightest people born, and machine sapients ...more
Apr 25, 2009
Nov 18, 2007
 
Eclipse (Twilight, #3)
3.71
I read this in one day, finishing it with a feeling of deep regret and profound relief. Or is that deep relief and profound regret? On the one hand, I ...more
Sep 15, 2007
Sep 27, 2007
 
Ill Wind (Weather Warden, #1)
3.73
In this alternate reality, a select few are born with the power to harness the weather (air and water), or fire, or Earth: wardens. They control the w ...more
Jun 03, 2008
Feb 05, 2008
 
The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)
3.83
The first book in a Young Adult fantasy trilogy, The Girl of Fire and Thorns reads like a standalone: an adventurous, gripping, lively, exciting story ...more
Apr 18, 2013
Jan 06, 2012
 
Indiscretion
3.86
Debt-ridden and homeless, Captain Fortune and his daughter Caroline are at the end of their rope. Desperate, he finds for her a position as a companio ...more
Jul 26, 2009
Aug 01, 2008
 
Mister Pip
3.64
I've had this book on my shelf for a few years now, and when New Zealand came up as the first country in the Travelling the World challenge, it seemed ...more
Feb 16, 2011
Nov 08, 2008
 
Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)
4.02
This book was recommended to me by several friends on Goodreads, though an equal number weren't impressed by it. I would have to put myself in the lat ...more
Sep 12, 2008
Feb 23, 2008
 
The Arrival
4.32
This is one of the most beautiful, amazing, clever, brilliant, gorgeous, splendid, awesome books ever - truly it is impossible to stick to just one ad ...more
Sep 15, 2012
Jan 25, 2012
 
Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse, #4)
4.14
With Bill off to Peru, one night Sookie finds cocky, authoritative, smug Eric running almost naked down her road, his memory gone and his personality ...more
Sep 06, 2008
Sep 05, 2008
 
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
4.22
There is a kind of history that gets overlooked, that doesn't get taught in schools or universities aside from a fourth-year optional course that no o ...more
Sep 25, 2009
Jul 02, 2009
 
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
3.35
I was so happy to finally get a copy of this book, after coming across it in little Cosmos bookshop in St. Kilda about 2 years ago, even though I coul ...more
Jan 2007
Sep 27, 2007
 
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1)
4.18
Mercy Thompson is a car mechanic who runs her own garage almost single-handedly. Her life follows a fairly simple pattern: teaching the world's only f ...more
Nov 08, 2009
Jun 11, 2008
 
The Panopticon
3.60
Anais Hendricks is fifteen years old. That's fifteen years of living in care: foster homes, mostly, and "units" with other teens. In fact, she's been ...more
Aug 08, 2013
Jul 11, 2013
 
Evermore (The Immortals, #1)
3.59
This is a three-and-a-half star book for me, though it started out higher than that - the second book crystalised all the things that bothered me abou ...more
Mar 28, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
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