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Apr 02, 2012 01:27AM

8565 Read Resistance for square 129 (favorites) and felt it was a very well written novel, review as follows:

I'll be honest, this was quiet a slow starter and I did struggle a little at the beginning when Sheers was setting the scene and establishing the basis to his story. But once I was past the first few chapters I really got into the book and began getting thoroughly engrossed in the characters and stories of the Olchon Valley. This is a very well written alternative history that shows the resilience and strength of character that those who stayed at home must have had. Each of the characters are very well written and leave you in two minds about which side they are on, especially Albrecht who is constantly torn between his duty and his morality. A subtle yet intense story that is well worth a read and one that is bound to improve with further reading.
Mar 28, 2012 01:02AM

8565 Current square: 127

Rolled: 2
Move to square: 129 (favorites)
Book: Resistance
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Mar 28, 2012 12:54AM

8565 Finished Small Gods for square 127 (spirituality) and rather enjoyed it, certainly one of the better Discworld novels I've read, review as follows:

This is one of the more entertaining reads in the Discworld series and one that had me laughing and sniggering out loud (much to the distress of those around some strange looks too). It follows Brutha the novice as he sets out to help his god, Om, who has found himself trapped in the body of a tortoise. Pratchett has created a series of characters that show the best, worst and utter indifference of religion and how, given time and the 'right' people, every religion either decays or loses its focus as fear takes over from faith. And of course Death makes his usual cameos to great effect. A great, entertaining and highly amusing read.
Mar 26, 2012 07:50AM

8565 Current square: 121

Rolled: 6
Move to square: 127 (spirituality)
Book: Small Gods
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Mar 26, 2012 07:49AM

8565 Read The Mary Celeste and Other Strange Tales of the Sea for square 121 (free read) and gave it 4 stars, review as follows:

This is a superb collection of tales of mysteries from the seas including the most famous of all, the Mary Celeste. Lockhart pulls together the evidence for each of the events he describes and presents it to the reader in an accessible and intriguing fashion to explain the circumstances and, where possible, the origins and causes of these strange events. A great read that brings the high seas alive that will leave seafarers and landlubbers alike with the salty breath of the ocean and the clap of the sails teasing their senses.
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Mar 21, 2012 01:26PM

8565 Read Underworld for Susan's Task and my god I hated it, it was just not my type of book and ended up giving it 1 star...

Okay, I really don't get the hype about this book. To me it is a lot of words that say very little, page after page of very little. There are moments where I thought great this is starting to go somewhere but as soon as that thought was finished DeLillo jumps to another part/character/time and the thread is lost. I don't know whether it's just how I read or how my mind works but I am not a fan of this kind of ad-hoc so called non-linear writing but I'm sure somewhere in this epic novel there is a story that many will (and for all accounts do) enjoy, however I am not one of them.
Mar 21, 2012 01:24PM

8565 Current square: 92

Rolled: 6
Move to square 121 (free read)
Book: The Mary Celeste and Other Strange Tales of the Sea
Dust Jackets (18 new)
Mar 13, 2012 07:43AM

8565 Oh they are fabulous, now to decide which ones to use and when...
Mar 12, 2012 03:13AM

8565 Current square: 91

Rolled: 1 (damn)
Moved to square 92 (Susan's Task)
Book: Underworld
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Mar 12, 2012 03:11AM

8565 Read Smoke and Mirrors for square 91 (drama) and was largely let down, review as follows:

I must admit I was quite disappointed by this book overall. Yes there are some real gems within its pages but many of the stories felt a little neglected and unfinished compared to his other work. The first few stories I thoroughly enjoyed including 'the Wedding Present' which was hidden within the introduction and the last two tales, Murder Mysteries and Snow, Glass, Apples, were brilliant. However the stories and poems in between left me unmoved and a little let down, given the high standard that Gaiman has set himself elsewhere.
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Mar 07, 2012 01:08AM

8565 The I read Mirrorstone for square 87 (picture-book), reviewed:

This is actually quite an enjoyable little story that follows Paul, a typical young boy from a typical English town, that begins to see a strange image in the mirror before being pulled into another world by Salaman, an alchemist who needs his help recovering his creation, the Mirrorstone. Although this is a short story, it is packed with plenty including some superb illustrations and holograms.
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Mar 07, 2012 01:07AM

8565 I read The Hidden Child for square 82 (mystery-thriller), review as follows:

Another superb edition to the Patrik Hedstron series and in my opinion probably one of the best yet. The story revolves around a group of friends from WWII including Erica's mother Elsy and a secret that stretches back 60 years to the War itself. There are many twists and turns in the story with plenty of red herrings to keep you guessing without being frustrating. The addition of Erica and Anna's personal interest in the murders being committed adds a human aspect as we (and they) see a very different side to their mother. Overall a brilliant read and I can't wait to read the next one.
Mar 07, 2012 01:06AM

8565 And again...

Current square 87

Rolled 4
Moved to square 91 (drama...again)
Book: Smoke and Mirrors
Mar 07, 2012 01:05AM

8565 Current square 82

Rolled 5
Moved to square 87 (picture-book)
Book: Mirrorstone
Mar 03, 2012 07:19AM

8565 Present square: 100

Rolled: 5
Move to square 105, snake down to 82 (mystery thriller)
Book: The Hidden Child
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Mar 03, 2012 07:17AM

8565 Finished Can't Stand Up for Sitting Down. Jo Brand for square 100 (biography):

A rather entertaining insight into the comedy scene of the eighties and nineties with plenty of advice, wit and wisdom on how to get through life, including a few handy tips on how to avoid getting stuff done. Written in a more natural style than many autobiographies, this is a very interesting read with a good few laughs and moments of sheer madness.
Mar 01, 2012 02:57AM

8565 Current square: 95

Rolled: 5
Move to square: 100 (biography)
Book: Can't Stand Up for Sitting Down. Jo Brand
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Mar 01, 2012 02:55AM

8565 Finished Perfume: The Story of a Murderer for square 95 (psychology) and was left strangely unmoved, review as follows:

I loved the premise and idea of this book and given the many great reviews it has received I was really looking forward to getting stuck into the story. But sadly I was left cold. Although Suskind has a knack for bringing sights, sounds and of course smells to life, I found that none of the characters really stood out for me, I didn't feel anything for them which in turn meant I didn't feel much for the story itself, which did spoil it a little for me. The story itself was superb, it is well thought out and brilliantly descriptive and shows the inner workings of Grenouille's mind in a chilling yet strangely sympathetic manner. None the less I found him and many of the other characters a little life-less and lacking a certain humanity, preventing me from really engaging with them on any level. Overall this isn't a bad read but I don't think it has quite the staying power that I thought it would...or maybe I'm just missing some of its subtlety.
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Feb 28, 2012 01:10AM

8565 Thanks Kazza and Vivian :-D
Feb 27, 2012 12:10PM

8565 Current square: 91

Rolled 4
Move to square 95 (psychology)
Book: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

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