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The Jewel in the Crown (The Raj Quartet, #1)
liked it
Though this book ranks high on the literary scale, and as a subject of interest-- India at the end of the British era, 1930-40s, I got tired of readin ...more
Apr 26, 2017
not set
Jan 24, 2009
Old Filth (Old Filth, #1)
it was amazing
Loved this book! Gardam is now my current most favorite author. Hard to pinpoint exactly what made this book – and the companion The Man in the Wooden ...more
Sep 25, 2010
Feb 22, 2010
Only Time Will Tell (The Clifton Chronicles, #1)
really liked it
I really liked this first book of the Clifton Chronicles series telling the multi-generational story of the Clifton and Barrington families of Bristol ...more
Feb 21, 2016
Jan 22, 2014
The Man in the Wooden Hat (Old Filth, #2)
really liked it
Possibly enjoyed the second reading more than the first time: read it in the proper order and took detailed notes to keep track of Gardam's subtle iro ...more
Jan 10, 2014
not set
Feb 01, 2014
Bold as Love (Bold as Love, #1)
From Christmas Critics.:
If submerging yourself in a fully furnished fictional world that goes on and on is more to your taste, you can do no better th
not set
Feb 06, 2011
Romeo and Juliet
liked it
Doesn't everyone know the basic plot of Romeo and Juliet? Though I was fairly familiar with the story, I had forgotten how young Juliet was (14) and t ...more
Feb 07, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
Best Kept Secret (The Clifton Chronicles, #3)
liked it
Third book in the Harry Clifton series, covering 1945-1958 and another cliff-hanging end leaving me to wonder exactly what happened in the final pages ...more
Mar 09, 2016
Feb 27, 2016
Be Careful What You Wish For (The Clifton Chronicles, #4)
liked it
Not as riveting as the first three in the Harry Clifton series – the family ups and downs are just as action-packed and suspenseful but I've gotten in ...more
Mar 18, 2016
Mar 18, 2016
The Man in the Wooden Hat
really liked it
Loved this quiet novel dealing with love, commitment, family, adversaries, secrets, need, convenience and regrets while following a couple from their ...more
Jun 29, 2010
Sep 07, 2009
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)
it was ok
Todd, an almost 13-year-old boy, finds his life totally changed when his guardians send him toward the swamp with only a backpack and a book, with ins ...more
Oct 2016
Feb 06, 2009
Lord Jim
really liked it
Jim, the protagonist, struggles with how to live after suffering first a minor then major sudden act of cowardice, filling him with self doubt, shame ...more
Jul 07, 2016
Jun 28, 2016
The Hollow Land
really liked it
With seven books by Jane Gardam on my TBR list, I managed to select one not on my list to check out at the library recently.  As a fan of Gardam after ...more
Sep 28, 2016
Sep 28, 2016
The Adventure of the Empty House
liked it
Sherlock's reappearance, after being presumed dead three years previously, is a major shock to Watson who recovers quickly enough to chronicle more ev ...more
Jan 12, 2016
Jan 13, 2016
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
really liked it
Perhaps not quite as riveting as the first time I read this book but years later I enjoyed the re-immersion in the fantasy world of Hogwarts and Harry ...more
Mar 11, 2016
not set
Mar 12, 2016
Mightier Than the Sword (The Clifton Chronicles, #5)
liked it
The series progresses through the decades, now into the 1970s. There is intrigue over an imprisoned author in Russia, who Harry makes an international ...more
Jul 18, 2016
Apr 17, 2016
Last Friends (Old Filth, #3)
really liked it
Third in a trilogy of companion books about Betty and Ed "Filth" Feathers and their friend/antagonist Veneering. At the beginning of this novel all th ...more
Jan 28, 2014
Mar 10, 2013
Five Weeks in a Balloon
really liked it
Great combination of suspense, scientific information, geography, and exploration. Only drawback is Verne's lack of consideration for the natives as h ...more
Jun 14, 2016
Mar 10, 2016
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
liked it
I’m thrilled to have finished a Shakespeare play — regardless of the play’s merits and faults. I like the theory that the male friendship bond is stro ...more
Oct 28, 2011
Oct 28, 2011
Johnny and the Dead (Johnny Maxwell, #2)
really liked it
Reminiscent of Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, this book also takes place mostly in a graveyard -- one that is threatened with removal after being p ...more
Aug 04, 2010
Aug 05, 2010
Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Stockbroker's Clerk (Annotated)
really liked it
Mystery involves a hoax similar to the one in the The Red Headed League. Not hard to figure out who the bad guys are but the why is the more elaborate ...more
Apr 03, 2016
Apr 06, 2016
The Taming of the Shrew
liked it
My second Shakespeare play in the The Play's the Thing blog in which we're reading ALL of Shakespeare's plays and some of the sonnets.  Much discussio ...more
Nov 07, 2011
Nov 09, 2011
Silver Blaze
liked it
Horse racing mystery reminded me of the Dick Francis mystery series.
Apr 2016
Apr 06, 2016
Uneasy Money
really liked it
William discovers his life becomes more complicated after he inherits $5 million from a fellow golfer.
Jan 1995
Dec 12, 2009
The Sins of the Father (The Clifton Chronicles, #2)
liked it
The fast pace of the first half of the book, slacked off in the second half.  Another cliff-hanging end – though not as suspenseful as the ending of O ...more
Feb 27, 2016
Feb 24, 2016
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2)
really liked it
A new character, Will, who is looking for his missing Explorer father, is introduced into the trilogy in this middle volume. I found the first part an ...more
Apr 28, 2010
Apr 24, 2010
Titus Andronicus
really liked it
I found this to be entertaining and dramatic, despite the ridiculous amount of violence. The subtitle could be "Everybody Dies – Violently". Because i ...more
Nov 16, 2011
Nov 10, 2011
The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom
liked it
The Simon Winchester books I've read have been interesting and enjoyable and this one on Joseph Needham and China was no exception. I loved the descri ...more
Aug 04, 2011
Jul 23, 2011
Johnny and the Bomb (Johnny Maxwell, #3)
really liked it
Love the humor and the time travel. Interestingly intertwined with what we can learn (but generally don't) from history as well as from the words of w ...more
Aug 06, 2010
Aug 06, 2010
Henry VI, Part 1
really liked it
Lots of excitement, political intrigue, battles with the French, Joan la Pucelle aka Joan of Arc, and much sword play.  I love the history part even i ...more
Nov 27, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
The Man Who Knew Too Much
liked it
Listened to this on Classic Tales Podcast in eight episodes, one per week.  A great book to be enjoyed this way since the book is divided into eight " ...more
Apr 02, 2013
Apr 11, 2013
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