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The Sense of an Ending
3.68
With the risk of gaining notoriety as a hate-monger, destroying the acclaimed literature of many I must be honest about this book. It may be my age; a...more
Mar 16, 2012
Feb 06, 2012
 
Bel-Ami
3.79
It draws you in, seemingly without you realising it, like one of Bel-Ami's many conquests. It is a tale of insidious individuals, the protagonist espe...more
Mar 19, 2012
Mar 10, 2012
 
Treasure Island
3.79
The beautiful and refreshing thing about this novel is that it doesn't bother with deep description or meandering tension building. Rather than reciti...more
Jan 21, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
 
The Ring of Solomon (Bartimaeus, #0.5)
4.20
It's just as top-notch as the others. I was concerned that the sweet teen-memories I had of this wilful protagonist would be shattered once I'd read t...more
Feb 07, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
 
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
3.90
Wonderfully written, fantastic humour but an awful and frustrating ending. Also rather hard going at times. I'd also mention, at the risk of sounding...more
not set
Jan 10, 2012
 
Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1)
3.96
I'm reluctant to rate it, because frankly, I never got to know it. Just could not keep up with the narrative thought process. I was lost for the first...more
Jan 14, 2012
Jan 12, 2012
 
Heart of Darkness
3.38
Although leaving you with the impression that life is pointless, that there is no earthly justice and that no positive can come of experiences it does...more
not set
Jan 10, 2012
 
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
4.10
And old favourite I re-read. The childlike language never ceases to send chills down one's spine when she discusses the most intimate and abherrent pa...more
Jan 15, 2012
Jan 14, 2012
 
On the Road
3.66
In places, nothing short of unadulterated genius - poetic and brave. But I hesitate to add, considering it's position of high esteem amongst the liter...more
not set
Jan 10, 2012
 
Regeneration (Regeneration, #1)
4.02
Good, and in parts moving, but I don't think it can stand next to some the great works of literature flowing from the Great War. Overrated.
not set
Jan 13, 2012
 
Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle, #2)
3.92
It was like reading Lord of Rings. I dislike Lord of the Rings. I dislike plagiarism even more.
not set
Jan 13, 2012
 
Mister Monday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #1)
3.76
Somehow...flimsy. I became disheartened and bogged down in the cliche characters. Dissapointing.
not set
Feb 07, 2012
 
Water for Elephants
4.05
Easy to read but just much of nothingness. Really unexceptional. A page turner that leaves you unimpressed.
not set
Jan 10, 2012
 
The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus, #1)
3.95
I wish this had happened instead of Harry Potter. Hilarious and addictive.
not set
Jan 15, 2012
 
The Grapes of Wrath
3.87
Miserable, repetative and boring. Maybe that's the atmosphere he was trying to create? Who cares? I hated every minute.
not set
Jan 10, 2012
 
The Secret Life of Bees
3.96
This book was killing me. The language was poor and left me uninspired. It battered you over the head with all the cliches it should have been avoidin...more
Feb 13, 2012
Jan 13, 2012
 
Mrs. Dalloway
3.76
I think I'm too thick - I just don't 'get it'.
not set
Jan 10, 2012
 
The Magus
4.03
Incredible. It pulls you in and holds you tight throughout all the twists and turns. It's tiring, but wonderful. Like you endure it with the protagoni...more
Mar 04, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
 
Boy Kills Man
3.57
I expected more, I think.
not set
Jan 22, 2012
 
Red Azalea
3.82
A book you should read before you die. Some moments of exceptional literary genius. Frank writing with an almost poetic feel. The simplicity of it onl...more
not set
Jan 10, 2012
 
The Hours
3.87
Eloquently written and neatly interwoven. Horribly pretentious but considerably more accessible than Mrs.Dolloway (sorry to compare).
not set
Jan 10, 2012
 
Lord of the Flies
3.60
It may be that I'm simple, but I just couldn't get a long with Sir Williams Golding's way of narrative. I found my mind wandering off for several page...more
not set
Jan 20, 2012
 
Deliverance
3.84
It just simply can't live up to it's hype. Which is unfortunate, because it was it's hype that caused me to buy it. Poorly written, but admittedly a g...more
Jul 28, 2012
Jun 09, 2012
 
True Tales Of American Life
3.85
A wonderful idea, leaving you revelling in the awesomeness of forces we're unsure exist, but would welcome the thought of. A truly lovely book.
Feb 06, 2012
Jan 20, 2012
 
War and Peace
4.08
Oh, I give up. I'm such a failure. But my shelves are groaning with wonderful books and it's taking me FOREVER to get through this.
not set
Jan 20, 2012
 
Last Exit To Brooklyn
3.96
If you ever believed in the goodness of humanity, this book is sure to beat that right out. Brutal.
Jul 26, 2013
Jun 29, 2012
 
An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington
3.85
I did really enjoy reading it, but it lacks the sardonic delivery Karl nails in the series.
not set
Jan 19, 2012
 
Crime and Punishment
4.14
What the hell was going on? Whatever was, it was well over my head.
not set
Feb 08, 2012
 
Little Women (Little Women, #1)
4.00
Just...so...sickening. Urgh.
not set
Jan 17, 2012
 
Three Plays: The Wasps / The Poet and the Women / The Frogs
3.94
None
not set
Jul 10, 2013
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