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By The River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept
Maybe it was a poor translation, maybe I just didn’t understand all the references to Catholicism or maybe I am not ‘spiritual’ enough, but in my opin ...more
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Oct 20, 2011
Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)
We were on holiday, and the little cottage we were staying in had a huge range of books. Unfortunately most of the adult books were colossal monsters ...more
Jan 12, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
Midnight's Children
Feeling in need of some quality reading about three months ago I thought to myself, ‘ I know, I should try a Booker prize winner. I’ve never read one ...more
Apr 13, 2011
Oct 20, 2011
This is the type of book that I enjoy reading, but don’t really have the foggiest about what is going on. Spin is a fantasy novella set in a dreamlike ...more
Jun 25, 2013
May 23, 2013
World Without End (The Pillars of the Earth, #2)
This is quite a difficult review to write as I spent an entire year reading this mammoth book aloud to someone, which means it is rather difficult to ...more
Mar 02, 2011
Oct 20, 2011
Halting State (Halting State, #1)
An entire novel written in the second person might put off a lot of potential readers, and in this case just to make it more difficult to follow there ...more
Nov 13, 2010
Oct 20, 2011
The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner is apparently quite a famous novel, although in my ignorance I had not heard of it before. The story follows a young man, from his tee ...more
Nov 05, 2010
Oct 20, 2011
One of Us
Michael Marshall Smith seems to have stopped writing science fiction after this novel, which is a sad loss to the genre as his books inject a welcome ...more
Sep 22, 2010
Oct 20, 2011
Dead Air
Written just after the September 11th attacks on New York this was billed as Banks’ response to it. That seems to be just a clever (or cynical) piece ...more
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Oct 20, 2011
The Evolutionary Void (Void, #3)
This is the final installment of the Void Trilogy, the previous two of which are The Dreaming Void and The Temporal Void. I have felt that in his prev ...more
Apr 23, 2011
Oct 20, 2011
It looks like Iain Banks managed to sneak a science fiction book into what is normally his general fiction brand. Transition is very different from hi ...more
Aug 15, 2011
Oct 20, 2011
Devil May Care. Sebastian Faulks Writing as Ian Fleming
Set in the 1960s at the height of the Cold War this is James Bond back with a bang. Faulks writes this novel in an almost identical style to that whic ...more
Nov 05, 2013
Nov 05, 2013
JPod is another Coupland book set in the software development industry, in this case a thinly disguised Electronic Arts. This is not so much a novel a ...more
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Oct 20, 2011
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
I read this aloud to my other half. Yes I know. Does anyone know if there a self-help group for the victims of appalling literature, even if it was ou ...more
Jul 2013
Aug 27, 2013
The Temporal Void (Void, #2)
This is the second part of the Void trilogy, a space opera set 1500 years in the future. There are two distinct story threads to the book; the first i ...more
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Oct 20, 2011
The Perfect Fool
It is surprising that Stewart Lee has not followed up this novel with another; perhaps it didn’t sell as well as it deserved to. The story follows the ...more
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Oct 20, 2011
Unseen Academicals (Discworld, #37)
Each Discworld novel tends to feature a particular group of characters, this one being the wizards at Unseen University. I have always felt that Pratc ...more
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Oct 20, 2011
I’d never read a Sebasitian Faulks book before, being slightly put off by the dreary-sounding settings and plotlines, but I’d been recommended him eno ...more
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Oct 20, 2011
The Dreaming Void (Void, #1)
This is the first part of another of Hamilton’s massive space-opera series. I think it will be a trilogy although there is no mention of this on the c ...more
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Oct 20, 2011
The Five People You Meet In Heaven
Although at first glance the simple language this book employs might make it look like it is just a parable pitched at children and the feeble-minded, ...more
Jul 10, 2014
Jul 07, 2014
The Fourth Bear (Nursery Crime, #2)
Up until now the one and only Fforde book I’d read was The Eyre Affair. That was several years ago but I remembered I’d quite enjoyed it so I decided ...more
Sep 20, 2013
Sep 16, 2013
The Windup Girl
It has been quite a while since I read a book that made such an impression on me that I wanted to go back and read it again. This novel is science fic ...more
Oct 11, 2011
Oct 18, 2011
All My Sins Remembered
This is a proper old-fashioned science fiction novel. Written in the late 1970s it actually reads more like a 50s-60s Heinlein or even Asimov novel, w ...more
Apr 20, 2014
Apr 11, 2014
The Catcher in the Rye
I decided to see what this book was like because there is a bit of controversy in the UK at the moment; the school curriculum is probably going to be ...more
Sep 17, 2014
Sep 03, 2014
The Detainees
Well unless I missed a whole chapter the cover doesn’t seem to have much to do with the story itself, at least not in literal terms. A cover quote cal ...more
Aug 25, 2014
Aug 06, 2014
A Week in December
This is a multi-stranded contemporary novel set in London just prior to the financial crisis, although the book was written just after. Not surprising ...more
Jun 14, 2012
May 25, 2012
Raising Steam (Discworld, #40)
Apparently this is the 40th novel set on Pratchett’s Discworld. That includes some shorter ones written for children and a couple of novellas, but sti ...more
Mar 28, 2014
Mar 11, 2014
The Sparrow
It’s been 13-14 years since I last read this; the pages are yellowing on my copy. I was thinking about which books I should take down to the charity s ...more
Jun 12, 2013
May 20, 2013
The Finkler Question
There’s a quote on the front cover of this book from a critic who reckons that he’s never read a funnier writer. If that’s so then he must have had a ...more
Feb 27, 2012
Feb 03, 2012
Great North Road
This is the kind of book that e-readers were made for. A novel of 1000+ pages is heavy and cumbersome even in paperback, after one read-through the sp ...more
Jan 18, 2014
Jan 02, 2014
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