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Let the Right One In
4.07
liked it
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
 
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
4.17
it was ok
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
 
Gone Girl
4.03
did not like it

AMY DUNNE

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
...more
Mar 16, 2014
Dec 31, 2013
 
To the Lighthouse
3.76
it was amazing
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
...more
not set
Sep 27, 2007
 
Of Mice and Men
3.84
liked it
The title of this novel is only 50% accurate, a very poor effort. Yes, it’s about men, but there’s little or nothing about mice in these pages. Mice e ...more
Jan 1990
Sep 25, 2007
 
Ulysses
3.73
it was amazing
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
...more
Mar 10, 2011
Sep 25, 2007
 
Life After Life (Todd Family, #1)
3.74
it was amazing
DECEMBER 2013


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
...more
Dec 30, 2013
Dec 26, 2013
 
Men Explain Things to Me
3.93
really liked it
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
...more
Oct 18, 2014
Oct 03, 2014
 
American Psycho
3.81
did not like it
(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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not set
Oct 13, 2007
 
Brideshead Revisited
3.99
liked it
********Please note - contains spoilers ************

One's head is rather spinning, there are so many terribly good things and likewise so very much ab
...more
Jun 09, 2008
Apr 25, 2008
 
Something Wicked This Way Comes (Green Town, #2)
3.95
it was amazing
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
 
The Year of the Runaways
3.84
really liked it
THE FACTS ABOUT THIS NOVEL

Number of horrible things that happen to people : 825

Number of nice things that happen to people : 3

Number of times young Si
...more
Oct 26, 2015
Sep 28, 2015
 
Mere Christianity
4.31
did not like it
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
not set
Jan 25, 2008
 
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
3.84
really liked it
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
...more
Feb 10, 2013
Jun 04, 2012
 
Thérèse Raquin
3.70
liked it
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
...more
Nov 26, 2011
Sep 30, 2007
 
A Short History of Nearly Everything
4.19
liked it
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
 
Oliver Twist
3.84
it was ok
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
not set
Sep 27, 2007
 
May We Be Forgiven
3.65
liked it
- 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
 
Columbine
4.26
really liked it

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
...more
Jan 30, 2010
Jan 06, 2010
 
Lolita
3.88
it was amazing
Other formerly shocking novels of previous centuries have lost their power, batteries quite flat (Madame Bovary, Ulysses, Lady Chatterly’s Lover) – we ...more
Jul 2011
Sep 25, 2007
 
A Suitable Boy (A Suitable Boy, #1)
4.10
it was ok
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
not set
Oct 01, 2007
 
Everyday Sexism
4.40
really liked it
Update!


I had to share this with you all, you'll see why. I was listening to a cd of hit songs from the 1910s and 20s and came across this GEM. It's ca
...more
Apr 21, 2014
Apr 10, 2014
 
The Quincunx
4.06
it was amazing
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
 
The Secret History
4.07
liked it
Apparently the New York Times described The Secret History as "Powerful...Enthralling...A ferociously well-paced entertainment" and Time said "A smar ...more
not set
Nov 18, 2007
 
So You've Been Publicly Shamed
3.91
really liked it
Update (I can't resist):



Let shame follow this dentist even unto the last drilling and the last filling. & when he crosses the great divide, let al
...more
Mar 11, 2015
Mar 05, 2015
 
Lady Chatterley's Lover
3.48
liked it
"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
...more
not set
Sep 27, 2007
 
New Moon (Twilight, #2)
3.52

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

"THAT WAS THE BEST MOVIE EVER" she said.
...more
not set
Nov 13, 2009
 
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
3.97
did not like it
I’m Oskar with a k like Liza with a Z cause Oskar with a k is krazy (also kind, klever and kultured). I’m 10 going on Dalai Lama. I make jewellery (I ...more
Aug 20, 2015
Aug 15, 2015
 
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
3.80
liked it
If a novel of nearly 900 pages can be summarised in one phrase then Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell may, I think, be described as a stately, sly, wi ...more
May 2011
Apr 24, 2011
 
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
3.97
it was amazing
MY RELATIONSHIP WITH KATHERINE BOO DID NOT START WELL

What, we need another well-off well-bred well-fed well-educated white person to tell us about the
...more
Mar 09, 2014
Aug 31, 2012
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