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Palace Walk (The Cairo Trilogy #1)
4.14
it was amazing
"The Palace Walk" by Naguib Mahfouz is, by far, the best work of fiction that I have read this year and is now one of my top ten favourite novels.

"Th
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Sep 18, 2010
Aug 27, 2010
 
The Invention of Wings
4.23
it was ok
I may very well be the only person on the planet that did not enjoy this book. I thought that the history behind the book (see authour's notes) was re ...more
Feb 04, 2015
Jan 27, 2015
 
The Orphan Master's Son
4.07
it was amazing
This is epic novel is outstanding. I learned so much while being completely engrossed in a fantastic story.

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson is
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Aug 29, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
 
The Golem and the Jinni (The Golem and the Jinni, #1)
4.10
it was amazing
I was completely transported into the world of this novel. Loved it. 5 stars.
Jun 09, 2017
May 30, 2017
 
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
3.35
really liked it
A very interesting and thought provoking fable.

Pullman wrote this book after he had a conversation on the stage of the National Theatre with Dr Rowan
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Jan 15, 2011
Jan 13, 2011
 
The Graveyard Book
4.12
it was amazing
A brilliant book.

A story of loss, hope, growing up, and becoming the person you are meant to be - amongst a graveyard of caregivers.

Gaiman can weave a
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Jan 13, 2011
Jan 05, 2011
 
My Name Is Lucy Barton
3.51
liked it
This novel was wonderful until about half way when Lucy leaves hospital. The story goes wonky after that. I was disappointed.
Sep 07, 2017
Aug 17, 2017
 
Gilgi
3.89
it was amazing
I very much enjoyed this book.

Published in Germany in 1931. Revolutionary at the time for its treatment of sexual harassment, abortion, single mother
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Aug 23, 2015
Aug 20, 2015
 
August Is A Wicked Month
3.33
really liked it
Edna O’Brien’s writing rocked Ireland in the 1960s. So much so that her publications were banned there and in some cases burnt due to their honest por ...more
Jan 25, 2011
Jan 13, 2011
 
Homecoming
3.20
it was amazing
I love Bernard Schlink's writing. His discussion of the human toll of war, even generations later, is like a balm for the open wound.

Schlink's The Re
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Aug 26, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
 
What Is the What
4.16
really liked it
A moving and at times heart wrenching story. As with Eggers novel, Zeitoun, What is the What, should become a text for understanding global issues. In ...more
May 17, 2010
May 01, 2010
 
Skin (Jack Caffery, #4)
3.83
liked it
Not bad. A bit of a mess, but still a decent story. Kind of irritating that the 2 main characters do all their police work completely alone, have a to ...more
Aug 22, 2017
Aug 14, 2017
 
The Treatment (Jack Caffery, #2)
4.03
really liked it
Way, way too graphic for me. However, the backstory is outstanding and I can't wait to read the next book.
Jun 13, 2017
Jun 09, 2017
 
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
3.97
it was amazing
I am not an expert, but I think this book is perfect.

Perfectly drawn characters within a meaningful and passionate story.

I loved it. 5 Stars.
Feb 28, 2015
Feb 15, 2015
 
Burial Rites
4.02
it was amazing
The best book I have read in a long time. Beautifully written, outstanding research, and a fascinating plot. Truth be told I wept while reading the en ...more
Apr 20, 2017
Mar 31, 2017
 
The Book Thief
4.36
it was amazing
What a way to start the year's reading! A beautifully devasting book. I absolutely loved it and I will be recommending it to everyone I know. I don't ...more
Jan 12, 2010
Dec 31, 2009
 
Adolescence Of Zhenya Luvers
3.46
really liked it
This novel is a brief look into the pangs of adolescene just before a time of great change (The Communist Revolution). The changes in Zhenya Luvers an ...more
Nov 18, 2009
Oct 10, 2009
 
The Great Gatsby
3.90
liked it
I found The Great Gatsby to be an average book. I thought the writing, characters, and plot were all well conceived and produced. However, the story i ...more
Dec 07, 2011
Dec 01, 2011
 
Jamilia
3.81
it was amazing
Outstanding.

While a young boy comes of age he witnesses the blossoming of true love and discovers that life is truly beautiful but very complicated.
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Aug 27, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
 
Company K
4.23
it was amazing
One of the best books I have ever read. A revelatory and soul jarring comment on the folly of war as we know it. The writing is exceptional and the st ...more
May 24, 2017
May 24, 2017
Apr 26, 2017
 
The Dry (Aaron Falk, #1)
4.06
did not like it
This novel started out really well, but I became bored soon after. The pacing was too slow for me to stay interested. Disappointing.
Sep 14, 2017
Sep 14, 2017
 
Birdman (Jack Caffery, #1)
3.88
really liked it
Overly gore filled, but fantastic character development and a superb plot. I enjoyed it
May 18, 2017
May 12, 2017
 
The Underground Abductor (An Abolitionist Tale about Harriet Tubman) (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales, #5)
4.39
it was amazing
The best of the books in this series.
Sep 26, 2017
Sep 26, 2017
 
It
4.20
Let's face it - King can write and he can tell a great story.

For the most part, and I mean 95%, I enjoyed It by Stephen King.
King is exceptional at te
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Nov 05, 2010
Jul 27, 2010
 
Push
3.82
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Wow! This a very tough book to read. It involves subjects (sexual abuse, racism, literacy, poverty, low self esteem) that so many of ...more
Jan 25, 2010
Jan 24, 2010
 
Zeitoun
4.08
it was amazing
Excellent. A brilliant story with fascinating characters - and it's all true. Can it get any better?

This book will be a historic document of New Orlea
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Apr 04, 2010
Mar 25, 2010
 
The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman
3.56
it was amazing
This book doesn't deserve such a low rating on Goodreads. This is a well thought out and executed non-fiction work that is fair and honest to all part ...more
Oct 30, 2017
Oct 26, 2017
 
The Fire Next Time
4.48
it was amazing
Written in 1963, The Fire Next Time includes two powerful essays on the hypocrisy of racism within the United States. It is sad to say, but the issues ...more
Nov 29, 2010
Aug 18, 2010
 
The White Tiger
3.72
really liked it
This novel is indeed a raw and unflinching examination of Indian society. It is an in-depth social commentary on the "real" India that is supposed to ...more
Aug 26, 2010
Jul 24, 2010
 
Born to Run
4.18
it was amazing
Epic.

Fan or not, there are serious lessons to be learned within these pages. Written with humility and grace, here is an artistic life truthfully told
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Apr 04, 2017
Mar 28, 2017
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