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Anathem by Neal Stephenson
Anathem
by Neal Stephenson (Goodreads Author)
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Someone gave me a copy of Anathem when it first came out, and it's taken me until now to get around to reading it. Don't know why I waited - I found this very enjoyable. Neal Stephenson doing his usual thing, but making it work better than he has sin ...more
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Danger to Elizabeth by Alison Plowden
Danger to Elizabeth
by Alison Plowden
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Really impressed so far - I can see why Plowden is so highly regarded. She writes very well indeed, and is clear and concise.
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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
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A bit of a disappointment, unfortunately.

Possibly it doesn't translate well into English, but for me the plotting and characterisations are very poor. The characters come across pretty much as cyphers who project their various roles in fairly unconvi
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