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The Guts
This is stonkingly good - I think I woke the neighbours this morning, I was laughing that hard. Jimmy Rabbitte (jnr) is now 47, happily married with k ...more
Jun 28, 2013
Jun 27, 2013
A Crack in Everything
A YA novel set in contemporary Dublin, where our own world and the world of the fae overlap and interlace in ways that let those who know how travel b ...more
Sep 15, 2014
Sep 15, 2014
The Colour of Milk
A stay up till the wee hours read...this is Mary's story, told over the course of the seasons of one year - about her harsh life on her family's farm ...more
Feb 13, 2012
Feb 12, 2012
The Forbidden Library
Alice is a smart, capable girl who doesn't lose her head - not even when her father dies, she's sent to live with a relation she's never heard of, and ...more
Feb 18, 2014
Feb 16, 2014
How to Spot a Liar, Revised Edition: Why People Don't Tell the Truth...and How You Can Catch Them (in the Office, at Home, Even at the Car Dealership!
I thought this would be an interesting insight into human behaviour - instead, it read like the crassest apologia - sans apology - of torture I've rea ...more
not set
Jan 04, 2013
The Islands of Chaldea
So often, when reading Diana Wynne Jones, you feel there is a inner overarching mythology behind most of the worlds she creates, and each book lets yo ...more
May 05, 2014
May 05, 2014
Shadows on the Moon
This inventive reworking of the Cinderella tale has an Oriental twist, which breathes new life into an old story. All the usual tropes are there - the ...more
not set
May 02, 2011
Secret Dublin - an Unusual Guide
Just finished reading this cover to cover and now want to run out immediately and look at a whole range of hidden gems in Dublin...but it's 10pm on a ...more
Feb 02, 2014
Feb 02, 2014
Dark Eden
A wonderful, smart and interesting sf novel - thought provoking about how a society decides its course, mythos and mode of operation - how it regards ...more
Aug 18, 2012
Aug 16, 2012
Good Red Herring
This is the kind of book I absolutely love - it creates a dense world for the reader to move through, makes few if any concessions in terms of explain ...more
Nov 03, 2014
Nov 03, 2014
I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld, #38) (Tiffany Aching, #4)
Reread again 8th October 2011- this is, to my mind, one of Terry Pratchett's finest books. The depth of compassion, understanding and humour is immens ...more
Dec 22, 2014
Feb 01, 2012
Prince of Fools (Red Queen's War, #1)
If you like George R R Martin, or better yet, Joe Abercrombie, you'll thoroughly enjoy this tale of Prince Jalan Kendeth, an avowed coward with a penc ...more
Aug 18, 2014
Aug 16, 2014
So many feels! I'm sad Prim is over now...but I suppose I can reread them all in a year or so.

Also, many questions - I want to know what happens next
Jun 13, 2014
Jun 13, 2014
The Secret Place
Several hours after I closed the cover, my mind is still whirring.

Stunning writing, acutely observant of people, how they act and react to one anothe
Aug 04, 2014
Aug 03, 2014
Noble Conflict
Wow. Just wow. Have just finished the final page of Noble Conflict and I'm utterly blown away - I really hope this is the first of a series, because I ...more
May 15, 2013
May 14, 2013
The City of Devi
A turbulent, vivid dystopia set in a future India, seen through the eyes of two characters - Sarita and Jaz - linked by a desperate search for their l ...more
Feb 25, 2013
Feb 26, 2013
I loved this book - occasionally you come across a book that make you passionately want to encourage EVERY SINGLE PERSON you know to read it, and this ...more
Apr 12, 2013
Apr 12, 2013
Prim Improper
Sarky, quirky and utterly endearing, Primrose - Prim for short - is trying to cope with her new school, her new surroundings living with her father, a ...more
Jun 13, 2013
Sep 20, 2012
The Thrill of it All
A novel structured as a musicians memoir, and like all memoirs, the narrator, Robert Goulding, is somewhat unreliable. The first third of this book is ...more
Mar 23, 2014
Mar 23, 2014
It's The Little Things: Francis Brennan's Guide To Life
Manners and a bit of consideration is what it mostly boils down to says Mr Brennan, and I can't but agree with him. Snorted laughing at his soup/dumpl ...more
Dec 12, 2014
Dec 13, 2014
A Date with a Werewolf (Sweet Valley High, #105)
God this was terrible - I was really hoping for a trashy monster / teen queen mash up...instead, it was DULL. Now, I want EVERY one of the characters ...more
Jul 11, 2014
Jul 11, 2014
Ruins of Gorlan (Rangers Apprentice, #1)
This is a great introduction to fantasy for young readers; it features young Will who longs to become a knight, but being too small and slight, is cho ...more
Aug 2011
Aug 22, 2012
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
Enjoyable enough, but a bit generic...fantasy by-the-numbers. I first thought (approvingly) that it seemed like a cross between Poison Study by Maria ...more
Jul 09, 2012
Jul 04, 2012
Impostor (Variants, #1)
Very much an X-Men for teens feel to this, Variants are kids with special powers that terrify and disgust 'normals', so they have to be kept secret. T ...more
Apr 22, 2014
Apr 22, 2014
Shh! We Have a Plan
Gorgeously illustrated, witty, smart and expressive - everything I loved about 'Oh no, George!' but now with a group of people trying to outwit a bird ...more
Oct 30, 2013
Oct 31, 2013
The Man in the Brown Suit
Enjoyable enough, especially as it was a non Poirot or Marple book. You always know with Agatha Christie that you're in for a good dollop of snobbishn ...more
Sep 2013
Sep 01, 2013
My Salinger Year
Aimless, just out of college, Joanna falls into a job working at a literary agency in New York. Although it is 1996, the (unnamed) agency feels like i ...more
May 20, 2014
May 20, 2014
The Detective's Daughter (Detective's Daughter, #1)
It is an intriguing concept - cleaning out the home of her estranged father, recently deceased Detective Inspector Terry Darnell, Stella stumbles acro ...more
Mar 18, 2013
Mar 18, 2013
The Big Lie: Who Profits From Ireland's Austerity?
A sustained note of contained fury runs through the chapters that make up this book, as Gene Kerrigan points out the fallacies of Ireland's current au ...more
Nov 24, 2012
Nov 24, 2012
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
I read this to see what all the fuss was about...and I'm still in the dark. The sex isn't much more extreme than a lot of 'paranormal romance' like J ...more
Jul 10, 2012
Jul 10, 2012
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