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Becky and 36 other people liked Paul's review of The Rings of Saturn:
The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
In the autumn of 1993 I undertook a walking tour of Sherwood high street in the folorn hope of throwing off a sense of crepuscular ennui which enfolds me whenever I complete one of my walking tours. As I made my way up drab Haydn Road, an epitome... " Read more of this review »
Becky rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
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The Rings of Saturn is an exceptionally peculiar book. Although nominally a walking tour of the Suffolk coast, the author is struck by quite rampant ADHD with a somewhat macabre bent, managing to shoehorn in World War Two, rather obscure Chinese hist...more
Becky and 285 other people liked RandomAnthony's review of Freedom:
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
" I read Freedom the week before Christmas. What was I thinking? Did I want a bleak, almost sullen, portrayal of America in the new century? And not a complete one, either, but limited to privileged white people? Why didn’t I just sit on the couch,... " Read more of this review »
Becky and 9 other people liked RuthAnn's review of Legend (Drenai Saga, #1):
Legend by David Gemmell
" Oh, LOL.

Oh, LOL, oh, LOL, oh LOL.

What the hell was this?

Synopsis: The Nadir (Mongol-type culture hereafter referred to as Chakka-Kahn) are invading the Drenai at Dros Delnoch. The Chakka-Kahn have 500,000 soldiers, the Drenai have 10,000.

200 pages... " Read more of this review »
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Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd
by Peter Ackroyd
read in April, 2014
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Yawn yawn yawn. More historical fiction from Peter Ackroyd. This tale is supposed to be dark, and there are some interesting sections, particularly during the plague at the start, but it's overwritten in general. Nicholas Dyer, one of Christopher Wre...more
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The Book of Evidence by John Banville
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Well, the whole world has turned upside down for me this week! I really didn't enjoy Saramago that much, but this was a fascinating piece of work from Banville. I'm usually turned off by his poetic turn of phrase, but this was a very different book t...more
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The History of the Siege of Lisbon by José Saramago
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Ohhh maaaan, this was so disappointing. After the first Saramago I read off the list, I zipped off list to read a couple of his others. I have been excited about reaching this one for weeks. But it just couldn't hold my attention. Raimundo Silva, a c...more
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House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
House of Leaves
by Mark Z. Danielewski (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2014
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Is this even a novel? It's completely insane. For those of you who have read Infinite Jest and loved it, stop reading this and go buy this book now. For those of you who need a little more persuading, I'll see what I can do. House of Leaves is three...more
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Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
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I guess I've been reading too much Jezebel recently, because this novel felt like "Inappropriate Obsession In The Time Of Cholera" may have been a better title. I thought it was going to be a tale of high society and romance in a country that is prob...more
Becky rated a book 2 of 5 stars
The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis
The Old Devils
by Kingsley Amis
read in December, 2013
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I've been eagerly awaiting reading this book, slowly watching it inch up my bookshelf until it was at the end. But it was a huge disappointment. Every character in the book is despicable. They're supposed to be, that's kind of the point. But I think,...more
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