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The Abomination
3.69
liked it
Lots of abominable things in this complicated but superficial thriller, which fizzles at the end

Jonathan Holt's "The Abomination" is a made-to-measure
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May 05, 2014
Feb 24, 2014
 
The Opposite House
3.36
it was amazing
A magnificent novel, rich in poetry and longing, which will transport you to magical worlds

Helen Oyeyemi is extraordinarily talented. She is also
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May 06, 2014
Apr 10, 2014
 
Darkness Visible
3.37
really liked it
It seems blasphemous to give this book anything less than five stars. It's a very important novel by a very important author, who won the Nobel Prize ...more
Jan 12, 2015
Jan 29, 2015
 
Tredan's Bane
4.30
it was amazing
When Lanith's beloved husband Tredan mysteriously vanishes, on the same day as their shop and home burn down, Lanith embarks on a frantic search for ...more
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Apr 04, 2014
 
The Hoard
4.38
it was amazing
A dark, gripping thriller about explosive events and personalities in a claustrophobic, industrial underworld.

A dark, violent tale with plenty of
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Feb 18, 2015
 
Lost Foundation
3.82
really liked it
A discussion between two economists, separated by nearly 300 years!

Rand McGreal's "Lost Foundation" is in a genre all of its own -- a
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May 03, 2014
May 03, 2014
 
We Need New Names
3.73
it was amazing
Spectacular debut novel which shows great promise

NoViolet Bulawayo's intensely personal debut book, "We Need New Names" absolutely sizzles with life
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May 14, 2014
May 07, 2014
 
Piano from a 4th Storey Window
3.91
it was amazing
One of the best reads of the year for me

This is a book suffused with human warmth, with characters so vivid and alive that you find yourself
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Nov 13, 2014
Nov 18, 2014
 
Riddley Walker
4.03
it was amazing
One of my favourite books... but what can be said about Riddley Walker that hasn't been said already?

A towering linguistic achievement... a book that
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Apr 04, 2014
 
Diana Mosley: Mitford Beauty, British Fascist, Hitler's Angel
3.95
really liked it
The story of Diana Mosley's life is the stuff of a rich novel -- and this is how it reads in the very capable hands of Anne de Courcy. This is one of ...more
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Apr 04, 2014
 
Never Let Me Go
3.82
it was amazing
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

Kazuo Ishiguro is one of the finest novelists writing in English today. Reviewing his books is always a challenge, partly
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Mar 24, 2014
Mar 10, 2014
 
My Year of Meats
3.96
it was amazing
Wonderfully readable hormonal faction from a great communicator

Ruth Ozeki draws on her experiences as a TV documentary maker in this rich novel about
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May 13, 2014
May 07, 2014
 
Hiding
3.77
it was amazing
When thrillers are described as "gripping," it usually means mildly interesting. Not in this case. This novel grabs you by the throat and doesn't let ...more
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Feb 13, 2018
 
Sons of the Wolf (Sons Of The Wolf #1)
4.28
it was amazing
Sweeping historical novel with many dimensions. Reminiscent of Bernard Cornwell & Rosemary Sutcliffe. Perfect holiday reading!


The author of this
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May 26, 2014
May 15, 2014
 
Across Great Divides
3.92
it was amazing
This is a brilliant debut novel by an author who knows what she's talking about -- her own family lived through the horror and drama she describes.

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Mar 08, 2014
Mar 10, 2014
 
The Wicked Girls
3.48
it was amazing
Deep, dark & dirty -- a wonderful read!

This book is the product of a very warped, twisted, wicked imagination, and I absolutely loved it. On one
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May 22, 2014
 
Time To Die (DI Hanlon, #1)
3.97
it was amazing

Visceral, violent thriller which races along, propelled by an excellent new heroine!

Move over, Inspector Morse! This is a classic police thriller
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May 22, 2014
 
Wrath, Prequel to Tredan's Bane
4.29
it was amazing
Another peaceful day in a little magic shop in a prosperous seaside town... the shopkeeper, Tredan, is opening his deliveries while he waits for his ...more
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Apr 06, 2014
 
Cloud Atlas
4.02
it was amazing
In the wake of the movie, reviews of this amazing novel seem to fall into two categories -- those who bought the book because they loved the film (and ...more
not set
Apr 04, 2014
 
The Hot Gates and Other Occasional Pieces
3.60
really liked it
This is a mixed collection of essays and reviews written by Golding at various periods through his life. They offer readers some insights into the man ...more
Dec 29, 2014
Jan 29, 2015
 
The Unconsoled
3.54
it was amazing
Nearly 20 years after its first publication, this book continues to infuriate, mystify and beguile readers. Some claim to have explained it, and to ...more
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Apr 04, 2014
 
The Coup
3.44
it was amazing
As the author of my own book on Africa, Gabon, I have to acknowledge Updike as a great master.

First published in 1978, The Coup is as fresh today as
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Apr 04, 2014
 
Jesus: Nativity, Passion, Resurrection
4.07
really liked it
I have to start out by saying that I am a Vermes enthusiast. Although I used a multitude of sources in my own novel, The Testament Of Marcellus, I ...more
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Apr 04, 2014
 
The Buried Giant
3.50
it was amazing
An extraordinary achievement of imagination and insight.

In Kazuo Ishiguro's new novel, "The Buried Giant," we find ourselves once again in the
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Mar 06, 2015
 
Mr. Fox
3.59
it was amazing
Written in her mid-twenties, Helen Oyeyemi's "Mr Fox" is not so much a fully-fledged novel as a delicious entertainment. And as one might expect from ...more
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Apr 04, 2014
 
An Artist of the Floating World
3.75
it was amazing
Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, and came to the United Kingdom as a little boy. The theme of assimilation permeates his work, and many of ...more
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Mar 27, 2015
 
Midnight in Sicily
3.83
it was amazing
Although Peter Robb's book is largely set in the Mezzogiorno, especially in Naples and Palermo, there isn't a better introduction to the extraordinary ...more
Jan 29, 2015
Jan 29, 2015
 
Pilgermann
4.02
it was amazing
In my opinion, Russell Hoban should have had the Nobel Prize for Literature on the basis of this book and "Riddley Walker" alone. The brilliance of ...more
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Apr 04, 2014
 
A Pale View of Hills
3.74
it was amazing
A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. One of the most enjoyable books you will ever pick up

To any writer, Kazuo Ishiguro's "A Pale View Of
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Mar 12, 2015
 
Number9Dream
3.91
it was amazing
Another of my favourite books. David Mitchell is a wonderful writer. Like many other authors, I admire him and endeavour to learn from him.

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Apr 04, 2014
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