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Juvenilia
3.89
Not finished yet, but had to jump in and leave a review because I love this so much.

Comments such as 'not as good as her novels' and 'needs a good edi...more
Mar 28, 2013
Mar 17, 2013
 
The Promise of Love
3.34
Fascinating first novel. I read all Mary Renault's 'Greek' novels in my early teens and will be ever grateful for the rational way she introduced me t...more
Apr 05, 2011
Mar 04, 2011
 
New Finnish Grammar
3.39
Didn't actually finish it, so my partner briefed me on the denouement. Good ending to a desperately tedious book. I wanted to like it. I love language...more
Feb 16, 2012
Feb 13, 2012
 
The Surgeon of Crowthorne:  A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Oxford English Dictionary
3.84
Much that was fascinating in this book. I want to be a dictionary compiler! Mind you my last book was Moby Duck and I wanted to be a scientist explori...more
Apr 10, 2012
Apr 07, 2012
 
Natural History
3.24
a strange experience. The style is journalistic and clipped, matter of fact. For most of the book it feels as if he is just recapping, bringing us to...more
Apr 17, 2014
Apr 20, 2014
 
The Woman in Black
3.64
Torn between 2 and 3 stars. This book suffers from the hype - you expect so much! I became so annoyed by the author's writing style that it somewhat o...more
Mar 15, 2012
Mar 11, 2012
 
Room
3.95
**spoiler alert** Wow, I'm giving it 5. Because I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't think of any criticisms.

It would be possible to handle this sort of...more
Jan 28, 2011
Jan 24, 2011
 
The Somnambulist
3.32
By the end of chapter 1, I think I know exactly where this book is heading, and I'm not impressed. But it was lent to me by a friend I love and respec...more
Sep 30, 2012
Sep 24, 2012
 
A Million Little Pieces
3.59
I read this with no awareness of the controversy it had sparked other than the author's introduction. I was gripped by his account of the personal hel...more
not set
Apr 06, 2011
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
**spoiler alert** Wow. I was blown away by this. Then I read an impassioned, articulate review criticising much of it and I could see the reviewer's p...more
Sep 19, 2010
Sep 05, 2010
 
Weaveworld
4.12
3.5 really. Maybe 4? I thoroughly enjoyed re-reading this, but got annoyed by the numerous typos in the edition I was reading. A well worked out versi...more
Dec 31, 2012
Dec 17, 2012
 
The Stranger's Child
3.27
3.5 stars really. I got utterly swept up in this and found myself as prurient over all the old letters and poems as the unpleasant protagonists.

Don't...more
Jul 11, 2012
Jul 06, 2012
 
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
4.10
I feel mean giving this book 3 stars, because it is enjoyable. I liked the style of the writing. Something was missing, perhaps some depth due to the...more
Feb 24, 2013
Feb 18, 2013
 
Red Dust Road
3.78
Would give 3.5 stars if I could. There is much to like here, Jackie and her parents sound like lovely people and it's good to read about someone learn...more
Jun 15, 2013
Jun 14, 2013
 
Stone Baby
4.13
Poor Joolz - would have given it 4 stars but I seem to do that to everything, so she got marked down.

As always Joolz has written a page-turner with lo...more
Oct 24, 2012
Oct 20, 2012
 
The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower, #2)
4.19
This book just draws me in on page 1. He wakes, he is mutilated by a lobstrosity.. and you're off.

The beach is a kind of Wood Between the Worlds from...more
Mar 27, 2012
Mar 21, 2012
 
The Song of Achilles
4.07
Hmmmm. I wanted to like this so much, and there is much that was good. But for me, Madeline Miller suffers by not being Mary Renault. Miller's gods ar...more
Jun 26, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
 
Picture Perfect
3.49
Picoult has written some very enjoyable books, but this one shows she has had to learn her craft. It's muddled, badly written, could have been much be...more
Sep 28, 2010
Sep 25, 2010
 
Death Bringer (Skulduggery Pleasant, #6)
4.54
Can't do ratings any more. 3.5?

Derek Landy's editor needs to be a bit more hands-on. He has a huge fan base who will lap up whatever is provided, but...more
Sep 11, 2011
Sep 10, 2011
 
John Dies at the End (John Dies at the End, #1)
3.93
Tempted to give it 3 stars but... I didn't hate this book. It was quite fun. But it was too long, badly written, too much adolescent humour. Perhaps i...more
Apr 14, 2013
Mar 24, 2013
 
The Casual Vacancy
3.24
140 pages in: I'm thoroughly enjoying this. Don't see what everyone is so worked up about. It's an adult book. I find myself liking J.K. Rowling more...more
Oct 16, 2012
Oct 07, 2012
 
Rabbit, Run (Rabbit Angstrom, #1)
3.55
Difficult one to score. I didn't much like this at the beginning, but it's well worth persevering. The prose is very dense and sometimes difficult to...more
Apr 29, 2013
Apr 24, 2013
 
Prime Obsession: Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics
4.07
This was pitched absolutely right for me. OK, by the end I lost the plot (fields, operators... ) but he handheld beautifully and talked the reader thr...more
Feb 18, 2013
Feb 04, 2013
 
Cold Comfort Farm
3.92
Since this is one of my all-time top 10, I can't believe I haven't added it on Goodreads till now. It's been a while since my second reading, and I'm...more
not set
Mar 26, 2013
 
The Thirteenth Tale
3.92
Derivative and pointless. At first I was intrigued and loved the narrator and the early chapter(s?) about the bookshop. Then the 'main story' started...more
Oct 2013
Oct 03, 2013
 
Typhoon
3.67
There is much to like in this, especially the captain with his Aspergers. The description of the storm is terrifying, but I found it hard to picture n...more
Dec 04, 2012
Nov 26, 2012
 
Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant
3.82
A very quick read. It seems to me amazing not that he could learn numbers and do calculations (although I loved all that and it was extraordinary) but...more
Dec 18, 2010
Dec 09, 2010
 
Remarkable Creatures
3.76
I think Tracy Chevalier tried a little too hard. I found the background and the characters fascinating, but somehow the personal/romantic storyline di...more
Sep 26, 2012
Sep 18, 2012
 
Italian Shoes
3.69
No idea how to rate this. 'It was OK' doesn't mean anything. It was actually very well written. But did I enjoy it? Not really. It was too real. Chara...more
Nov 22, 2012
Nov 18, 2012
 
Two Brothers
4.23
A very enjoyable and thought-provoking read. In the end the plot slightly got in the way of the message but that's a minor criticism.

A vivid feeling...more
Nov 16, 2013
Nov 03, 2013
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