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Taken by the T-Rex
did not like it
A few days ago, whilst piddling around on the t'interwebs, I came across this. Naturally, I immediately shared the news with my friends and, once they ...more
Oct 10, 2013
Oct 10, 2013
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
it was amazing
Two days ago I (thrillingly) got to see Neil Gaiman talk about his new book, billed by many in the run up to its publication as his best. This couldn' ...more
Jun 16, 2013
Jun 15, 2013
Elizabeth Costello
did not like it
I'm not entirely sure what my thoughts on this book really are, other than that I didn't particularly enjoy it.

It doesn't really feel like a novel, in
Mar 2009
Feb 26, 2009
A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3: Part 2 of 2)
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** Possibly the most devastating, awesome, exciting and surprising instalment yet, and I'm starting to get a sneaking suspicion that th ...more
May 28, 2010
May 26, 2010
The Beautiful and the Damned
did not like it
I really enjoyed The Great Gatsby so I was looking forward to this, being especially lured in by the fabulous title. Sadly, this turned out to be the ...more
May 11, 2012
May 06, 2012
it was amazing
Looking down the ratings for this book, it seems that it's one that you either love or hate - I'm firmly in the former camp. The sort of book that you ...more
Aug 26, 2016
Aug 26, 2016
The Only Living Witness: The True Story of Serial Sex Killer Ted Bundy
it was amazing
Warning - do not read this book during an unexpectedly warm period of weather as you will end up sweating and gasping in bed all night due to your ins ...more
Aug 20, 2012
Aug 18, 2012
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
it was amazing
Helter Skelter is a truly astonishing book, and one that deservedly ranks amongst the best True Crime books I’ve ever read (and I’ve read a fair few). ...more
Mar 08, 2015
Apr 09, 2011
The Worst Journey in the World
it was amazing
He wasn't lying with that title, but what's missed out is that it's perhaps the most incredible journey too, as well as one of the most incredible boo ...more
Jul 13, 2011
Jul 08, 2011
Rivers of London (Peter Grant, #1)
really liked it
I’ve been unsuccessfully casting about for a new urban fantasy series to sink my teeth into ever since I devoured every Dresden Files and Women of the ...more
Feb 2017
Aug 24, 2015
'Salem's Lot
really liked it
While not quite as insanely good as Needful Things or The Stand, this is still an excellent, deliciously menacing tale of vampirism come to a small Ne ...more
Jun 24, 2010
Jun 26, 2010
really liked it
I picked this to read as a little birthday treat to myself and, true to form, Vonnegut didn't let me down.

Once apprentice to 'great man' and famous il
May 14, 2016
May 13, 2016
The Kite Runner
it was amazing
OK, I've finally pulled myself together for long enough to start a review - let's see if I can make it to the end without crying again...

An absolutely
Mar 18, 2011
Mar 16, 2011
Ship of Destiny (Liveship Traders, #3)
really liked it
We've finally reached the end of this brilliant, emotionally bruising trilogy and I can say, now that I've raged, snarled and sobbed my way through it ...more
Apr 09, 2013
Apr 02, 2013
Rasputin: The Last Word
it was amazing
Just a little over a year ago, I asked Santa to bring me some books on historical bastards. This was one of the treats that Santa (or rather, NikNak) ...more
Dec 30, 2015
Dec 27, 2015
2015 on Goodreads
really liked it
2015 was probably my least prolific year on Goodreads since I joined. It turns out that having to work hard for long hours while also trying to sell a ...more
Dec 31, 2015
Dec 31, 2015
Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original "Psycho"
liked it
Mothers, be careful how you raise your boys, especially if you're an overbearing religious wackjob who thinks the best lesson she can impart is that a ...more
Nov 27, 2011
Nov 22, 2011
A Kiss of Shadows (Merry Gentry, #1)
did not like it
I thought I'd give Laurell K Hamilton another chance, that my problems with the Anita Blake series might be confined to that series and Anita herself. ...more
Jun 25, 2012
Jun 22, 2012
Norse Mythology
really liked it
I’m already pretty familiar with the Norse gods thanks to an early obsession with different mythologies, but you don’t pass up an opportunity to read ...more
Mar 13, 2017
Mar 13, 2017
The Atrocity Exhibition
did not like it
By and large, I think J.G. Ballard is awesome, with everything of his I'd read to date being a real treat. Sadly, such things can never last...

Aug 31, 2013
Aug 29, 2013
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
did not like it
An irritating romance dressed up with BDSM trappings and starring two deeply irritating 'characters' that I'd like to beat, in a totally non-consensua ...more
Jun 05, 2012
Jun 02, 2012
The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer
really liked it
I got chills, they're multiplying....Nope, nothing to do with Danny Zuko but Richard Kuklinski (aka The Iceman) greased a hell of a lot of people, and ...more
May 06, 2012
May 03, 2012
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
it was amazing
This huge, fat book in which Kote (the innkeeper formerly known as legendary badass Kvothe) continues telling his story to the Chronicler, was one I w ...more
Apr 17, 2016
Mar 30, 2016
Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I (The History of England, #2)
it was amazing
I've now reached the second volume of Peter Ackroyd's History of England and it turns out it's a volume even more fantastically absorbing than the fir ...more
Jun 20, 2016
Jun 07, 2016
Helen of Troy
did not like it
I love Greek mythology and think the fall of Troy is easily one of the most powerful myths around. Prior to reading this I would never have believed t ...more
Jan 29, 2013
Jan 26, 2013
The Turn of the Screw
did not like it
Supposedly a classic of horror literature, I was looking forward to reading this, anticipating a spooky mood and layers of tension as a governess take ...more
Sep 18, 2016
Sep 16, 2016
Street Magic (Black London, #1)
did not like it
I've been casting about for a new paranormal series to start chomping my way through, but if Street Magic accomplished anything, it was to prove that ...more
Jul 13, 2014
Jul 08, 2014
Down and Out in Paris and London
it was amazing
Excellent - the sort of book that has me wanting to go out afterwards and slap copies into the hands of passers-by, attempting to turn everyone I meet ...more
Sep 30, 2011
Sep 28, 2011
Journals: Captain Scott's Last Expedition
it was amazing
(March 17 2012) Last year I read one of the most incredible books of my life - The Worst Journey in the World (WJITW), an account by one of the surviv ...more
Mar 29, 2012
Mar 17, 2012
it was amazing
Narrated by the ghost of a man killed during the building of the Bahia de Darwin cruise ship, Galapagos is an absurd, original and funny look at the e ...more
Aug 17, 2015
Aug 09, 2015
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