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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
4.18
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
4.05
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
 
Ulysses
3.72
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
 
American Psycho
3.80
(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...more
not set
Oct 13, 2007
 
Something Wicked This Way Comes
3.95
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
 
Brideshead Revisited
3.98
********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
 
May We Be Forgiven
3.66
- 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
4.28
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
 
New Moon (Twilight, #2)
3.54

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
 
Columbine
4.24

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
 
A Short History of Nearly Everything
4.17
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
 
To the Lighthouse
3.74
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
 
253
3.58
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...more
not set
Oct 13, 2007
 
The Quincunx
4.05
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
 
Life After Life
3.73
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
 
Oliver Twist
3.80
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
 
What Pooh Might Have Said to Dante and Other Futile Speculations
4.03
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...more
Apr 25, 2012
Apr 25, 2012
 
Haunted
3.54
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
 
Gone Girl
3.93

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
 
Topping from Below
3.39
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...more
May 17, 2012
May 13, 2012
 
A Suitable Boy (A Suitable Boy, #1)
4.07
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
 
Thérèse Raquin
3.71
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
 
Possession
3.86

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...more
not set
Oct 12, 2007
 
Hamlet
3.99
The Skinhead Hamlet - Shakespeare's play translated into modern English. By Richard Curtis. Yes, that Richard Curtis!

Note : those offended by the F wo...more
not set
Sep 27, 2007
 
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
3.80
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
 
Waiting for Godot
3.79
Review revived - our votes are not being displayed properly and thus our fragile GR egos are curling up on the floor in a fetal position, drooling. It...more
not set
Jul 28, 2012
 
Lady Chatterley's Lover
3.46
"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
 
Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow
3.70
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
 
Underworld
3.91
THE PILGRIM 'S HEART IS LIGHT AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF HIS JOURNEY

So I will strap on my backpack and don sturdy walking boots, an oxygen tank might be u...more
not set
Sep 30, 2007
 
The Picture of Dorian Gray
4.01
I don't know what I was quite expecting here. It's a psychological horror story with a lot of comic relief, in the form of the endless witty paradoxes...more
Jan 11, 2013
Jan 06, 2013
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