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The Hippopotamus
3.70
Anything by Stephen Fry is brilliant and worth reading. Each book contains so many original ideas and interesting bits of information. It's like readi ...more
Jan 2000
Jul 23, 2010
 
Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan
4.28
An incredible and authoritative book. For a history book, it's such a gripping read and very well researched - the range of sources and the story behi ...more
Jun 09, 2013
Jun 11, 2013
 
The Bookseller of Kabul
3.74
I started this book by immediately disliking it, simply because it was not what I expected - I expected a novel. That said, I enjoyed the first few pa ...more
Sep 03, 2012
Sep 03, 2012
 
Steve Jobs
4.10
I read some people say this is poorly written. I disagree. Isaacson writes well and the book is not a hagiography in any way. Rather, it very clearly ...more
Dec 17, 2011
Jan 31, 2012
 
The Sea Around Us
4.20
I was worried about reading this because, although I loved Silent Spring and have had occasion to quote from it over the years, I didn't think I would ...more
Apr 21, 2013
Jun 11, 2013
 
Down and Out in Paris and London
4.09
I read this over a weekend while at university, and read a big chunk of it during a break walking the old railway line from Aberdeen to Banchory. I sa ...more
Jan 2001
Jun 27, 2013
 
No Risk Involved: The Ken McGinley Story Survivor of a Nuclear Experiment
4.00
A very interesting first-hand account that avoids the blood-or-glory aspects of the vast majority of military books. Of course, this is the story of a ...more
Jan 1992
Jul 27, 2010
 
The Driver's Seat
3.67
I avoided reading Muriel Sparks work for years as I imagined it to be historical romance. Why? Purely because of the title of 'The Prime of Miss Jean ...more
Mar 2014
Jul 08, 2014
 
Never Go Back (Jack Reacher, #18)
3.98
Unbelievably easy to read: 500 pages in no time. Says something about the depth of understanding required to read this book. Entertaining in parts but ...more
Jul 2014
Jul 08, 2014
 
The Hydrogen Sonata (Culture, #10)
4.09
The Culture is one of the most interesting ideas I've come across in sci-fi; a race composed of humans and AIs, run along largely altruistic and socia ...more
Nov 2012
Nov 28, 2012
 
Koba The Dread
3.80
I enjoyed this a lot because of Amis's adding of personal bits of information and history. Is there anything new? If you've read Solzhenitsyn then you ...more
Aug 26, 2012
Sep 03, 2012
 
The Citadel
4.08
A surprisingly good read. Read it only because my father-in-law bought it for me, and couldn't put it down. Not something I'd normally read, being set ...more
Jan 2009
Jul 26, 2010
 
The German Genius
3.94
A huge book with a ton of facts. However, it is sometimes disappointing to be reading a particularly interesting section to find it ends abruptly. Som ...more
Jan 31, 2012
Jan 31, 2012
 
Tante Jolesch or the Decline of the West in Anecdotes (Studies in Austrian Literature, Culture, and Thought. Translation Series)
4.23
A brilliant book full of insights into Jewish and Viennese life before and between the two World Wars. Never boring. This is essential reading for any ...more
Sep 2013
Nov 05, 2013
 
The Periodic Table
4.19
An excellent book that is full of interesting stories from cover to cover, tying in, as the title suggests, various elements. Makes you want to read h ...more
Dec 31, 2012
Jan 08, 2013
 
Super Sad True Love Story
3.44
The idea of people forgetting how to speak properly reminded me of Idiocracy, and the descriptions of a near future with those annoying gadgets (äppär ...more
Jun 2013
Jun 20, 2013
 
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
3.89
Books of this type are usually well-written and easy to read, and also make their subjects understandable to us all. However, as with The Tipping Poin ...more
Jan 2006
Jul 26, 2010
 
Player One
3.51
I always look forward to Coupland's books, but this one was a let down. It felt as though I had read it all before, and an earlier book does indeed us ...more
May 17, 2013
Jun 11, 2013
 
The Road to Wigan Pier
3.85
I only give this a three because I was so depressed by the miners' situation that I couldn't finish it. Sometimes I struggle with a book and go back t ...more
Jan 2003
Jun 27, 2013
 
Cryptonomicon
4.24
Full of cryptography and with an interesting plot regarding the Japanese burying treasure in WWII. Although a big book, it's never boring, and the ski ...more
May 14, 2013
Jun 11, 2013
 
The Worms Can Carry Me To Heaven
3.61
This is Warner's first book to be set outside Scotland, and it really needs to be. A great read and one of his best, although a departure from the fun ...more
Jan 2007
Jul 26, 2010
 
Mortality
4.10
Always insightful, always readable, and always compelling. Although much of this was published in Vanity Fair as he wrote it, the pieces here are long ...more
Oct 2012
Nov 28, 2012
 
Saturday
3.59
One of the few books that got my heart racing so hard I could feel it (the scene in the house when the two guys force their way in). A great story whe ...more
Feb 2013
Jun 11, 2013
 
The World of Yesterday
4.43
Provides a real insight into Zweig's life and thinking, and the time in which he lived. Far easier to read than I had imagined and so enjoyable it was ...more
Feb 2014
Jul 08, 2014
 
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
3.85
Although well-written, I thought throughout that Mr Gladwell was being very selective in his 'evidence,' choosing examples to suit rather than making ...more
Apr 2010
Jul 26, 2010
 
Silent Close No. 6
3.60
Brilliant story about a woman who leaves her job in East Germany near the end of the 'bad times,' and starts working for a politician, taking down his ...more
Apr 2003
Jul 23, 2010
 
We
3.97
This is the book Orwell based 1984 on. Not as dark as 1984, though the oppression is every bit as powerful. A great read and no surprise he couldn't g ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 23, 2010
 
The Master and Margarita
4.33
Although avoided for years, I literally couldn't put this book down. Every character is fantastically described and does fantastic things. An unbeliev ...more
Aug 2009
Jul 23, 2010
 
Stalingrad
4.28
Well written without being overly complicated, although like the majority of books dealing with war, very detailed descriptions of troop movements whi ...more
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Jul 26, 2010
 
The Liar
3.68
What a dirty mind Mr Fry has. Very funny book which introduced me to a few things I'd never heard of. Brilliant characters with brilliant expressions.
Jan 2000
Jul 23, 2010
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