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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
I had been wondering where my cat was when the phone rang. It was a woman offering to have no strings sex with me. I made some non-committal remarks t ...more
Oct 16, 2010
Sep 20, 2010
Let the Right One In
I finally got my revenge on Sweden. For most of my life I’ve been bombarded with newspapers and radio telling me how Sweden is so much much very much ...more
Oct 04, 2009
Sep 24, 2009
Gone Girl


I am Amy. I’m so perfect you may want to puke. It’s okay, I have that effect on everyone, even my parents. They noticed I was so perfect when
Mar 16, 2014
Dec 31, 2013
Each chapter is rated out of ten for difficulty, obscenity, general mindblowing brilliance and beauty of language.

Note : if you're after my short cour
Mar 10, 2011
Sep 25, 2007
Something Wicked This Way Comes (Green Town, #2)
I read this when I was an insanely romantic teenager and since then the cruel world has beaten all that nonsense out of my brain with bars of iron and ...more
not set
Sep 25, 2007
American Psycho
(another update incorporating comments about BEE's latest novel - apparently he's still at it!)

Before we start - a quote by Norman Mailer about Bret E
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Oct 13, 2007
Life After Life

Paul Bryant had really only just started driving back home, was still trying with his left hand to jam the seat belt buckle into its lock
Dec 30, 2013
Dec 26, 2013
To the Lighthouse
It's a problem, dear Virginia
They like stuff that's much more linear,
I know your teeth you will grit
But you have to admit
You may be hot but there's no
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Sep 27, 2007
Brideshead Revisited
********Please note - contains spoilers ************

One's head is rather spinning, there are so many terribly good things and likewise so very much ab
Jun 09, 2008
Apr 25, 2008
May We Be Forgiven
- You know you were making all these little beeping chortly noises when you were reading this one but then you went quiet and just sort of grunted and ...more
Oct 23, 2012
Aug 28, 2012
Mere Christianity
I had to stop reading this, it was making me ill. It may be that every single sentence in this book is either wrong or offensive or inane or all three ...more
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Jan 25, 2008
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Okay, so here's my Bill Bryson story. I was in The Gladstone, a public house not too far from this very keyboard, with my friend Yvonne, who will rema ...more
not set
Oct 06, 2007
New Moon (Twilight, #2)

When she was 12 me and my daughter Georgia went to see Twilight. After the movie I asked her what she thought.

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Nov 13, 2009

What does it matter that two crazy teenagers shot 12 other teenagers and one teacher to death at a school somewhere in the American Midwest over ten y
Jan 30, 2010
Jan 06, 2010
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
For the first 100 pages I was like a Monkees song, you know the one -

[Cue cute organ/guitar intro]

I thought great historical novels about the 16th cen
Feb 10, 2013
Jun 04, 2012
The Quincunx
If every other novel was like this it would be terrible. I'd never leave the house. I'd call my office : "sorry, can't make it today, I have 450 pages ...more
Mar 10, 1996
Oct 01, 2007
Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist THE BOOK is crap and has NO songs in it, I couldn't believe it. So I googled and get this, it turns out they put those in the movie and D ...more
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Sep 27, 2007
I'm only on p 75 of this thing and I'm about to hurl it at the wall. What is it supposed to be? Does this guy really think these lame parodies are fun ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 26, 2009
Thérèse Raquin
You don't need another Coca Cola
Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola
You don't need a holiday in Angola
You need this novel by Emile Zola
It's raw like a b
Nov 26, 2011
Sep 30, 2007
A Suitable Boy (A Suitable Boy, #1)
After about page 200 I realised this was like eating Turkish Delight morning noon and night and my spiritual teeth were beginning to dissolve under a ...more
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Oct 01, 2007
Men Explain Things to Me
This book is so depressing that I had to read this one at the same time to prevent me from spiralling down into despair.

You may have heard of the titl
Oct 18, 2014
Oct 03, 2014
This was tedious postmodern whatever who cares "experimental" crap of the worst sort.

Although I would like to make it clear that I think the author wa
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Oct 13, 2007
Topping from Below
What's a nice reviewer like me doing in a book like this?

Well, I have been disturbed recently by the gradual infusion of BDSM into popular culture, cu
May 17, 2012
May 13, 2012
The Skinhead Hamlet - Shakespeare's play translated into modern English. By Richard Curtis. Yes, that Richard Curtis!

Note : those offended by the F wo
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Sep 27, 2007
Waiting for Godot
Review revived again to mark the three month anniversary of the Top Lists being frozen....


As you know, the votes we strive for and crawl across bar
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Jul 28, 2012
What Pooh Might Have Said to Dante and Other Futile Speculations
Unfortunately necessary postscript added


In Manny's foreword he writes about Goodreads

At first I couldn’t really see the point of entering all your
Apr 25, 2012
Apr 25, 2012

A honking great piece of literary self gratification, a novel about writers (all novels about writers should be given a concrete overcoat), a grand ex
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Oct 12, 2007
Lady Chatterley's Lover
"Afternoon, m'lady - do ye fancy a quick one over yon five barred gate?"

"Oh you earthy gamekeepers, well I don't know... oh alright... but only if you
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Sep 27, 2007
The Slap
Thank you Christos Tsiolkas... you finally made my mind up for me and I have flung your horrid novel away from me in a graceless convulsion which mixe ...more
Sep 09, 2012
Sep 08, 2012
Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow
Miss Smilla and her cast of characters were so quirky that after 100 pages I found all this quirk over the front of my shirt, all over the dining tabl ...more
not set
Nov 05, 2007
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