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Upside Down: A Primer for the Looking-Glass World
4.30
My first encounter with Galeano - a terrific read. Of course we tend to forget many events - like the Moslem invasion of India and taking of British a ...more
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Jun 13, 2008
 
Saving Fish from Drowning
3.40
I must admit that I have a resistance to best-sellers but this is an impressive book with some advanced thinking shown within certain parameters. Tan ...more
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Mar 01, 2008
 
Gilead
3.81
As good as everyone says it is - runs out of steam and into pomposity three-quarters way through and the omissions like the John Scopes 'Monkey' trial ...more
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Jun 13, 2008
 
Outer Dark
3.88
Nowhere near as The Road, Child of God or Blood Meridian, but still a beguiling read, with only occasional slips from the sublime into the unselfconsc ...more
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Jun 13, 2008
 
The Savage Detectives
4.05
I read a third of it but can't agree that this is the new genius of Latin American fiction. Repetitive and rather shallow even if there are some good ...more
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Jun 13, 2008
 
Women in Dada: Essays on Sex, Gender, and Identity
4.13
Some important women missing here, and the authors really don't know how to evaluate Emmy Hennings'(she's very much side-lined), achievements but a us ...more
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Dec 17, 2007
 
Random Acts of Senseless Violence
4.02
The first half of the book is terrific: intriguing, rich and disturbing. The second half zooms into a kind of dystopic Color Purple - nowhere near as ...more
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Mar 04, 2008
 
Pushkin's Button
3.82
Slow and unremitting, this is a fascinating and spell-binding work of scholarship. If you've ever wanted to know about Pushkin and his world, this is ...more
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Jun 13, 2008
 
The Portrait of a Lady
3.74
A devastating, slow burn of a read.
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Dec 16, 2007
 
Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA
3.57
Completely wacky and blind to the science of seeing with technology, pdfs, cymatics etc. but, loopy as it is, this is hours of mispent, zany fun.
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Nov 03, 2008
 
Where Dead Voices Gather
3.90
The best book on modern music I've ever read. (He's wrong about the paucity of black people in Britain pre. the 1950s).
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Dec 16, 2007
 
Fons Sapientiae: Garden Fountains in Illustrated Books, 16th and 18th Centuries
0.00
Believe it or not - this is a wonderful book about late Renaissance and post-Reformation thinking about nature.
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Dec 20, 2007
 
New and Selected Poems: 1958-1998
3.73
A writer who deserves more attention as a poet; the late Ric Caddel was a great admirer of his work as well.
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Dec 17, 2007
 
Tokyo
3.89
Her best thriller - terrific with an uncannily unsettling atmosphere and credible historical background.
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Dec 31, 2007
 
Sleeping With the Dictionary
4.00
H.M. and myself both born in the same year: these poems are like my own back-to-front.
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Dec 16, 2007
 
The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)
4.44
I'm afraid so - no-one employs Anglo-Saxon verse in 20th century prose as well as Tolkien.
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Dec 17, 2007
 
The Road
3.94
Didn't think I'd enjoy this novel of escatological dystopia but it's very good.
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Apr 03, 2008
 
The Beautiful Years
4.15
Enthralling and well-written but we must remember his proto-fascist leanings.
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Jan 12, 2008
 
Oyster
3.77
Gives the lie to every sexist lie you ever read about writing by a woman.
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Dec 16, 2007
 
Pot-Bouille (Les Rougon-Macquart, #10)
3.90
My favourite novel by Zola: at last comedy and tragedy balanced.
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Jan 12, 2008
 
Susan Derges: Liquid Form 1985-99
5.00
This is a breath-takingly beautiful book of photographs.
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Mar 19, 2008
 
Affinity
3.71
This is an almost flawless novel in the neo-Victorian mould.
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Dec 16, 2007
 
The Pound Era
4.41
I enjoy this book today almost as much as when I first read it.
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Jan 05, 2008
 
Child of God
3.87
Very well- realised tale of a psychopath. Beautiful language.
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Jun 13, 2008
 
The Fig Eater
2.93
This is a terrific novel. I'm not sure about the ending though.
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Mar 03, 2008
 
The Long-Legged Fly (Lew Griffin, #1)
3.79
The best and most poetic of late 20th century U.S. detection.
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Dec 17, 2007
 
The Goshawk
3.90
This is wonderful, perfect book by a learned, lonely man.
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Jan 12, 2008
 
The Poet and the Murderer
3.67
The early part of this book is very exciting indeed.
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Feb 25, 2008
 
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
3.72
File the central chapters under rich prose-poetry.
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Dec 17, 2007
 
The Sorrows Of Priapus; Consisting Of The Sorrows Of Priapus And The Carnal Myth
4.42
A University enthusiasm of mine - still great,
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Jul 01, 2008
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