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Nod
3.40
it was amazing
Nod is a thin book about two things we take for granted: words and sleep. The first person narrator writes books on etymology. The first thirty pages ...more
Sep 14, 2016
Sep 08, 2016
 
Apocalypse Cow (Apocalypse Cow, #1)
3.65
it was amazing
For me, the fundamental rule for reviewing is objectivity – or, as much objectivity as possible given that reviewing can be a subjective business. In ...more
May 15, 2012
Apr 25, 2012
 
Out of Such Darkness
4.13
really liked it
Out of Such Darkness by Robert Ronsson

Two stories take turn-about chapters, which is a good way to keep you reading – if not keen on one you might lik
...more
Mar 12, 2015
Mar 14, 2015
 
Half-Sick Of Shadows
2.91
it was amazing
Half Sick was joint winner of the Terry Pratchett prize.
BUT
it is NOT a Terry Pratchett-like novel.
If you like elves, wizards and stuff
Half Sick is not
...more
not set
Apr 15, 2012
 
Our Endless Numbered Days
3.67
really liked it
I bought this in Tesco while waiting for my wife (went there for wine, not a book). The awful cover gives no indication of how good the book is. Serio ...more
Jan 2016
May 10, 2016
 
The Gun Seller
3.69
liked it
I bought this book and began reading it in 2010. Half a decade later, I finished it. No, I wasn’t off sick for five years. I watched every series of H ...more
not set
Jan 13, 2016
 
The Truth According to Us
3.75
really liked it
The Truth According to Us isn’t an epic but has the feel of one. Its present has tendrils that stretch into the past – the when, where and how it all ...more
Apr 23, 2015
Apr 27, 2015
 
The House of Silk (Sherlock Holmes, #1)
3.95
liked it
This is the first book by Anthony Horowitz that I’ve read, though I’ve watched TV shows – such as Poirot – that he has a hand in. Finding out about th ...more
Jan 30, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
 
A Most Wanted Man
3.47
liked it
Last book I read by le Carre was The Spy Who Came Out of the Cold, at school, which meant avoiding rather than reading. I've never been into spies, se ...more
Oct 15, 2014
Oct 29, 2014
 
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
3.80
it was amazing
The journey to recall all the books I've ever read continues. Jonathan Livingston Seagull: gosh, yes. I was 18 at the time and a lady doctor recommend ...more
Jan 1978
Apr 25, 2012
 
Perfect
3.54
it was ok
Perfect is Rachel Joyce’s follow-up to her acclaimed debut The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Harold is a simple idea clearly written. Right from ...more
Dec 17, 2013
Nov 30, 2013
 
Anansi Boys (American Gods, #2)
4.00
liked it
Thinking it was high time I read something by Neil Gaiman, I bought it at the airport and read it on holiday.

Really interesting idea on the first page
...more
Nov 10, 2013
Nov 23, 2013
 
Slade House
3.82
really liked it
This is a short and imperfect book - are there perfect ones? That's not to say it's bad. It just seems like a longer project that the author abandoned ...more
Sep 19, 2016
Sep 19, 2016
 
Behold the Man
3.79
it was ok
Never read Moorcock before (haven't read that much Science Fiction). Thought I should teach myself the genre by digging into the SF Masterworks series ...more
Apr 2013
Apr 01, 2013
 
A Discerning Woman's Guide to Manhunting
4.29
really liked it
Bel Roberts is a bad person in the nicest possible way.
Read A Discerning Woman's Guide with respect of the dominant female.
Jan 2012
Jun 26, 2012
 
Trilby
3.36
it was amazing
And the ottoman rubbles on. Imperfect book, but wonderful, wonderful. Loved it.
The writing. It's the brilliant writing.
Mar 2002
May 05, 2012
 
Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe
3.88
liked it
I can't read in strong sunlight, so I listened to this on my iPod on a sun bed by the hotel pool in Lara Beach, Turkey. It was probably the perfect bo ...more
Sep 2009
Apr 20, 2012
 
Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1)
3.87
it was amazing
Well, actually, I haven't read it. My wife left it behind in Italy where, I'm reliably informed, they can read it in their own language. I've no idea ...more
Jun 11, 2012
May 03, 2012
 
Ararat
3.33
liked it
Gorsh, I read this a long time ago. Published 1983. All I remember is that I liked it.
not set
May 02, 2012
 
The Sisters Brothers
3.83
really liked it
This is not your usual Booker shortlisted novel. That is: you can read it and stay awake. Two brothers. Criminals. One, the narrator, has a heck of a ...more
Feb 10, 2012
Apr 14, 2012
 
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
3.99
liked it
This is a short book and very easy to read. I should have zipped through it, but I've thirty pages to go. Last week I had thirty-five pages to go. The ...more
Jul 23, 2014
Jul 20, 2014
 
Metropole
3.59
really liked it
I'm not keen on translations because I'm sure they lose something.
In English, this read smoothly nonetheless. It's an Eastern European,
1984-like stor
...more
Dec 19, 2012
Dec 20, 2012
 
Slaughterhouse-Five
4.05
it was amazing
This was on my to-read list for years. Might sound silly, but the title put me off. The title doesn't really clue-in to what the book's about. It's ab ...more
Aug 16, 2014
Aug 16, 2014
 
The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True
4.04
liked it
I bought the iPad version with its own ap. It's for kids of all ages. Through looking at issues such as, Is there life elsewhere in the universe? Dawk ...more
Mar 2012
Apr 15, 2012
 
How Proust Can Change Your Life
3.76
really liked it
I listened to the audio book while on holiday. Now I must buy the book proper to get more from it - and there's much to get. The author considers Pros ...more
Sep 29, 2012
Sep 29, 2012
 
The Woman in Cabin 10
3.67
it was ok
Prosaic writing (what's wrong with that? I hear you ask) and implausible happenings. I suppose it's what you get for your money these days. The warnin ...more
Aug 2016
Jul 23, 2016
 
The Cherry Orchard
3.67
liked it
Studied this play in depth as part of a course. It's not the sort of thing you read for fun unless you're Russian or are interested in Russian history ...more
Jan 2007
Apr 25, 2012
 
The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great (Catherine, #1)
3.57
liked it
This one started promisingly. Solidly written. Interesting characters. Before mid way, however ... Hmm ... That solid writing isn't really taking us a ...more
Jun 14, 2012
Apr 13, 2012
 
Nailed by the Heart
3.55
liked it
Simon Clark's debut. A sound horror story. I've a signed copy: to Dave 25th May 1995. That long ago? A few years earlier, when he wrote for the small ...more
Jul 1995
May 02, 2012
 
Lightning
4.06
did not like it
I had to search through a list of his books to remember which one I read. I did read one, only one, and this is it. The impression it left was: that's ...more
Jan 1989
Apr 25, 2012
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