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The Dragon Waiting
Bloody awful - couldn't finish it.
May 2006
Apr 27, 2007
The Lovely Bones
I was given this book. I would never have picked it up otherwise - I thought the title was stupid. I think that's what kept me reading - to see what t ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 03, 2007
False Impression
**spoiler alert** I would have given this book 31/2. It was fast-paced and kept me reading, which I like in a book. It took me a while to get into it ...more
Apr 20, 2008
Apr 15, 2008
The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook
For a visual person like me, this book was terrible. To be really useful, it should have had maps with 'x marks the spot', instead of driving directio ...more
Aug 24, 2013
Aug 24, 2013
Jemima J.
**spoiler alert** I've come to the conclusion that chick lit is about stupid women. Jemima Jones or 'JJ' is no exception. For someone who hated being ...more
Sep 19, 2011
Sep 08, 2011
Death Wore White (DI Peter Shaw & DS George Valentine, #1)
I found the style of writing ponderous. There was some unusual use of words for descriptions that seemed unnecessary (eg "pus-coloured" headlights). I ...more
Dec 18, 2008
Dec 09, 2008
The Photographer's Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas
This book appears to be aimed at students and teachers of photography. Either way, it, like many other photography ideas books, assumes that you are e ...more
Nov 12, 2014
Nov 11, 2014
Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics
According to this book the lovelorn Konigsmark wrote, in the seventeenth century:

Alas! I love my main destruction
And nurse a fire within my breast
Nov 06, 2013
Oct 29, 2013
Days Without Number
Much ado about nothing. Unconvincing twisted plot with a huge anti-climax. I only gave it three stars because it had got me reading enough to finish i ...more
Dec 27, 2008
Dec 09, 2008
Confessions of an Eco Sinner: Travels to find where my stuff comes from
An interesting, if somewhat depressing book about the cost of consumerism. I learned a lot and the earth seems doomed. I'm not as optimistic as Fred P ...more
Jul 23, 2012
Jun 27, 2012
A strange book. The main story was mildly interesting but could have been told in a lot fewer words, interspersed as it was with random facts about eu ...more
Oct 23, 2013
Oct 16, 2013
Web of Deceit: Misinformation and Manipulation in the Age of Social Media
Probably more a book for naive internet users. It didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. I skipped a couple of US-centric chapters on politics ...more
Nov 19, 2012
Nov 12, 2012
Blogging for Photographers: Showcase Your Creativity & Build Your Business
I found this book pretty simplistic and straightforward: from dealing with hardware, to choosing a blog platform, suggesting what to blog about (work, ...more
Aug 27, 2013
Aug 27, 2013
Writing the Breakout Novel
I didn't enjoy this book much. It was offputting more than anything. When reading some of his advice I thought of numerous books which used these meth ...more
Oct 29, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander, #6)
After The Fiery Cross, I thought this book might be different. Alas, no. At 1410 pages, this book is an awkward monster. It's just way too wordy and n ...more
not set
Dec 18, 2009
Dangerous Women
With any book of short stories there are going to be some that are better than others. I gave a score out of 5 for each story and averaged it out. Mos ...more
Aug 31, 2014
Jan 01, 2014
Finding Tom Connor
It was probably bad timing reading this book after "Olivia Joules and the overactive imagination" because Molly really got on my wick. I'd had enough ...more
Jun 02, 2010
May 24, 2010
Great Kiwi Road Trips
I found this book really disappointing. As someone who is planning a South Island road trip, I was expecting more. This book read like a collection of ...more
Aug 27, 2013
Aug 27, 2013
Resurrecting Salvador
I found this book frustrating, confusing but intriguing enough to persevere. It jumped around a lot and I often didn't know who the narrator was or wh ...more
Aug 19, 2009
Aug 18, 2009
The Call of Cthulhu
I would probably never have bothered to read this if I hadn't recently bought an ereader and downloaded it free. A colleague is a huge fan so I had he ...more
Nov 17, 2013
Nov 16, 2013
The Company: Portrait of a Murderer
When I read this, I had no idea it was based on a true story, and perhaps it was better that way, as others appear to have expected more and been disa ...more
Jan 17, 2014
Jan 16, 2014
After the Funeral
Not a bad read, although not one of Agatha Christie's best. However, the story had you guessing with some red herrings just to confuse you further. Po ...more
Sep 30, 2012
Sep 29, 2012
The Blind Assassin
I persevered with this book, getting quarter of the way through until I finally came to the conclusion that it was going nowhere. I dislike books that ...more
Nov 25, 2009
Nov 22, 2009
I struggled with this one. I just couldn't get into it. I got past the first section ok which was an ok read but then it suddenly switched to several ...more
Aug 15, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
Not a game
This book appears to be self-published and as such suffers a little for lack of an editor. For example, the author spelled the plural of Mexican with ...more
Jun 21, 2009
Jun 21, 2009
The Blood Detective (Nigel Barnes #1)
I was beginning to tire of detective stories but I liked the genealogical slant on this one, me being a granny chaser. Very clever. I'll be interested ...more
Jun 17, 2011
Jun 14, 2011
Destination Unknown (Signature Editions)
Agatha Christie should have stuck to murder mysteries. She did not do political intrigue or espionage well. I was bored from the beginning and could n ...more
Mar 10, 2012
Mar 09, 2012
The Madding Of Daniel O'hooligan
What a delightful story - a real gem! I happened upon this book with no real inkling of what it was about but it looked like it might be a fun read, a ...more
Sep 07, 2011
Aug 24, 2011
Women in the Background
This book looked fairly promising but in the end I just found it disappointing. I was particularly annoyed at the constant referrals to Kiwi women (Ne ...more
Aug 15, 2012
Aug 02, 2012
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
This book was recommended to me by an acquaintance and I recognised it from its quirky title. The cover claimed it to be 'extremely funny' and 'hilari ...more
Jul 28, 2010
Jul 25, 2010
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