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Fallen (Will Trent, #5)
4.22
Another book passed on by my Mother In law, and frankly I must have upset her recently in some way. This was amazingly disappointing for a Karin Slaug ...more
Aug 06, 2012
Aug 07, 2012
 
England's Dreaming: The Sex Pistols and Punk Rock
4.07
It's taken me a while to get through this, not because the book was dull or hard work, but because of the sheer volume of information inside, covering ...more
Aug 10, 2011
Oct 07, 2010
 
Understudy
3.26
My wife ordered this, as she enjoyed One Day and Starter for Ten, which I've read, and they were ok.

Perhaps I've got Nicholls fatigue, or it's a backl
...more
May 26, 2011
May 11, 2011
 
Fucked by Rock: The Unspeakable Confessions of Zodiac Mindwarp
4.08
This certainly isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea, but if you like your tales of touring graphic, unashamed and filled with vivid depictions then ...more
Jan 07, 2012
Jan 03, 2012
 
Perfect Crime
3.11
For a short story I thought it lacked any real sense of tension or pace until the last couple of pages, and even then the denouement left me startling ...more
Mar 07, 2012
Mar 07, 2012
 
Dagon
3.68
This was a very short story, but the writing is taut and transports you to a strange land vividly.

Without wishing to spoil this, it reminded me a lot
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Mar 23, 2012
Mar 23, 2012
 
Pickman's Model
3.89
The ending twist is visible from space, but that doesn't detract from the story.

Lovecraft evokes a dark and mysterious setting, with the character of
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May 10, 2012
May 10, 2012
 
Cold in July
3.92
Great characters, a story which hooks you in from page 1. A dark tale of families and violence , which seems inherrent in these days, yet shot through ...more
Jun 2008
Jun 13, 2008
 
Articles of Faith
2.84
My wife kindly picked this up for me. I say kindly, as she meant well. The warning signs should have been there: it was 49p in a discount store, and i ...more
Nov 2009
Nov 09, 2009
 
All Cheeses Great & Small, A Life Less Blurry
3.50
Another Fopp bargain, I picked this up as I had enjoyed his previous book Bit of a Blur.
This one opens with him buying a farm, almost on whim, but fal
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Nov 22, 2013
Nov 17, 2013
 
Confessions of a Conjuror
3.80
Derren, I love your work, but this book is only getting 3 stars from me, sorry.

It's structure is interesting: it centres round a card trick played in
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Sep 19, 2011
Sep 12, 2011
 
Bubba Ho-Tep
4.10
I'm not sure how you really avoid spoilers with a book like this!

Set in an East Texas care home, two residents must battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy t
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Feb 29, 2012
Feb 29, 2012
 
Elephants on Acid: And Other Bizarre Experiments
3.78
Another chance pick up from Fopp: this one more of a miss than a hit, but if I'm paying peanuts then I'll get the odd duffer, and I can live with that ...more
Jul 24, 2010
Jul 19, 2010
 
The Football Factory
3.57
As a football fan, travelling to away games there was a lot I could identify with. I'm not a hooligan, but I've seen plenty of the violence that takes ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 11, 2009
 
Herbert West: Reanimator
3.90
This would have been a 5 star rating, but for a slightly irritating narrative technique that Lovecraft used.

Each different chapter seems to recap the
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Apr 13, 2012
Apr 12, 2012
 
The North: (And Almost Everything In It)
3.58
A vast, sprawling book, which I can see how some people would hate. It rambles at times, and flits from subject to subject, but it's like a diamond mi ...more
Jul 16, 2014
Jun 13, 2014
 
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
3.92
A truly affecting book, which pulls no punches in portraying a time where life was a daily struggle to survive, and the idea of social welfare was ana ...more
not set
Sep 29, 2011
 
Gone Girl
3.98
I almost gave this 5 stars, in fact as I read, the star rating was rising, then the end came and it took away a star.

The book is written via two first
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Feb 05, 2014
Feb 04, 2014
 
Mr. Impossible
3.94
A wonderful Mr Men story, full of charm and magic.

My children were engrossed by the impossible things that Mr Impossible can do: trying to guess the n
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Jan 30, 2010
Jan 31, 2010
 
The Picture in the House
3.71
I absolutely loved this, Lovecraft paints a bleak and unsettling scenario, depicting the landscape and surroundings vividly.

A proper creepy house sett
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Apr 10, 2012
Apr 10, 2012
 
Let the Right One In
4.06
Having never watched the film, I arrived with no preconceptions, and the book does not disappoint.

It's a tale of awkward childhood, finding redemption
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Oct 26, 2012
Oct 16, 2012
 
The Lurking Fear
3.83
This one started slowly for me, but the tension and plot thickens considerably.

There's no real twist in the tail, the ending is sort of telegraphed we
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Apr 27, 2012
Apr 27, 2012
 
Enduring Love
3.61
I re-read this after watching the disappointing film adaptation recently.

The book is far more sinister and engaging than the film, which seems to have
...more
Apr 2008
Mar 31, 2008
 
The Animal Factory
3.92
His first published novel. A bleak tale of life inside a maximum security prison. It's not the Shawshank Redemption, it's the real deal.
not set
Jan 04, 2008
 
The Sting Man: Inside Abscam
3.55
Another pick up on a whim read, but it left me disappointed. The subject could have been riveting, but it simply wasn't, the narrative style killed it ...more
Feb 13, 2014
Feb 05, 2014
 
Head On/Repossessed
4.38
A fascinating combination of two books (which rather confused my children, who thought I was reading a book upside down and backwards! Then were extre ...more
May 25, 2010
Jan 15, 2010
 
Trainspotting
4.05
I have to confess that I bought this book "back in the day", before the film adaptation, solely on the strength of the cover, and despite the "difficu ...more
Oct 2009
Sep 29, 2009
 
Provided You Don't Kiss Me: 20 Years with Brian Clough
4.18
A wonderfully warm and honest appraisal of an enigmatic character, who always appeared to never be "the full shilling".

Duncan Hamilton's candid recoll
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Apr 08, 2010
Mar 31, 2010
 
The Grapes of Wrath
3.89
I first read this book some 20 years ago, and it did little for me. However I'm a completely different person, with a whole different out look now.

I'm
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Sep 07, 2010
Feb 18, 2010
 
Gulp - Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
3.91
I can only thank the staff of my local bookshop for highlighting this tome by placing it prominently.
Picked up on a whim, this book was engrossing an
...more
Apr 03, 2014
Mar 27, 2014
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