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The Tiger's Wife
Thank goodness for other reviewers with more patience than me - I was able to understand more about the book in an hour browsing the discussion/review ...more
Oct 22, 2011
Oct 22, 2011
When God was a Rabbit
This is a beautiful book. I haven't laughed out loud so often, and with such genuine pleasure, since last year's Comedy Festival. And that's saying so ...more
Oct 26, 2011
Oct 26, 2011
The Solitude of Prime Numbers
This is a classic case of "more is less". It should have been a novella or short story; in fact, I wonder if that's originally what it was and the aut ...more
Aug 2009
Oct 27, 2011
The Fault in Our Stars
Me and 36,700 other people enjoyed the dust-cover off this book. I haven't got it in me to write a full review, because I'm feeling a little sheepish. ...more
Jun 02, 2012
Apr 18, 2012
Written on the Body
***I've never done this before but I just upgraded this review from 2 to a whopping 4 stars. I just felt that I haven't been fair; I can't continually ...more
Dec 10, 2011
Nov 08, 2011
The Book Thief
It's impossible to write a review that does justice to this novel (hence taking three months to write this review!). It's quite simply perfect in ever ...more
Aug 24, 2011
Feb 15, 2011
Jasper Jones
Particularly harsh rating, but I could not be convinced by the narration, which not only takes place in the perpetual present (it might work for the s ...more
Apr 14, 2011
May 05, 2011
The Mermaid Chair
I should know better than to pick up a book whose back cover blurb begins "Forty-two, and married for half her life, Jessie Sullivan honestly believes ...more
Oct 26, 2011
Oct 26, 2011
The Book Of Rachael
Holy Mary Mother of God! This book is bloody brilliant! Take a bible story - hell, not just any bible story, lets take THE Bible Story, and retell it ...more
Jan 09, 2012
Jan 17, 2012
Pacific Tsunami Galu Afi
A harrowing read, as you'd expect, but beautifully and sensitively put together by the author Lani Wendt Young. This is a meticulously researched book ...more
Feb 06, 2012
Feb 05, 2012
The Slap
It's not exactly what i'd call quality writing; it lacked subtelty. The purpose of the book (to examine the prejudices of Australian society, from rac ...more
Jan 18, 2010
Jun 12, 2011
The Descendants
She's an asshole, he's an ignoramus. Not really what I would have said a promising start for a novel, yet somehow I became invested in their story. In ...more
Apr 21, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
The Patience Stone
I wasn't overly fond of the style - it read a little bit like a screenplay; very descriptive, impersonal. We're reliant entirely on our interpretation ...more
May 15, 2011
May 14, 2011
84, Charing Cross Road
I went to London last week - Charing Cross Road in particular - on the express mission of picking up a copy of 84 Charing Cross Road. So I guess you c ...more
Dec 02, 2011
Nov 12, 2011
The Lover's Dictionary
This is a literary version of the film 500 Days of Summer - only instead of 500 days we have 26 letters of the alphabet, each one offering up a select ...more
Dec 07, 2011
Nov 08, 2011
I read a book called Poppadom Preach at around about the same time as I read this novel, Patchwork, by Ellen Banda-Aaku. They're both very similar; fi ...more
Aug 2012
Jul 24, 2012
One Red Dot: A Pop-Up Book for Children of All Ages
Yes, Yes, Yes! A pop-up book to compete with the best of them. The concept is this: a single red dot on each page, hidden somewhere within the pop up ...more
Jan 25, 2013
Jan 23, 2013
So glad that I finished this book today, 31st of December 2011, so that I get to say, definitively, that this is the most engaging book I have read th ...more
Dec 31, 2011
Nov 12, 2011
To Kill a Mockingbird
Hard to believe I got through high school and even University and never had this book as required reading. Probably just as well - as a matter of prin ...more
Aug 2011
Feb 15, 2011
Charlotte Gray
Sebastian Faulks is a victim of his own brilliance. After Stephen and Isabelle and Frank and Mary you'd have to concede that he'd have been hard press ...more
Jan 10, 2012
Feb 15, 2011
The Help
This book is story-telling at its absolute finest. The plot is thick, yet the story quite simple, the writing is superb but doesn't become the Thing i ...more
Aug 2011
Feb 15, 2011
Before I Fall
This is my first official foray into YA fiction, that is, since I WAS a young adult. I ended up here after reading (and enjoying far too much) "The Fa ...more
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Nov 08, 2011
We Need to Talk About Kevin
There is so much to dislike about this book - Eva, her son, her husband, the evil acts. In fact, it's quite incredible that so much dislike can add up ...more
Jan 2008
Feb 15, 2011
Whanau II
A book full of personal contradictions for me. It provokes sentiments of belonging, which for me, being as I am both Māori and Pākehā, very difficult. ...more
Jan 2004
Feb 15, 2011
What Is the What
**spoiler alert** I didn't love this book - no-one can say they enjoy reading about children starving in the desert after fleeing their burning vill ...more
Sep 27, 2011
Feb 15, 2011
The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint
The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint is the Perfect Novel. Here is a list of the essential components of the Perfect Novel :

1) The Perfect Novel is almost i
Jan 02, 2013
Dec 11, 2012
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
I wanted to love this book, because I love Jeanette Winterson. I mean, as a person and a writer, I greatly admire her. Every time I hear her speak I w ...more
Mar 27, 2013
Dec 11, 2012
Year of Wonders
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks is inspired by the true story of a village in Eyam, Derbyshire, who in the time of the Plague did a most unusual t ...more
Dec 15, 2012
Mar 02, 2011
Never Let Me Go
This book builds suspense and intrigue like the promise of a good... sneeze, only to see the eventual climax evaporate into thin air. Listening to som ...more
May 20, 2012
Feb 15, 2011
Salmon Fishing In The Yemen
What a fabulous, rip-roaringly wonderful read. If only all books could be as pleasurable an experience as this one. Is there any point in recapping th ...more
Jan 25, 2013
Jan 02, 2013
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