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The Good Soldier
liked it
The Good Soldier is an amazing feat of plot construction. This is the best example of how an unreliable narrator (John Dowell) and fragmentary plot ca ...more
May 03, 2011
May 02, 2011
Q: A Great Novel, One that Tell Us About Ourselves and How We Came to be Here
really liked it
This is one of the most challenging books I've read and I vacillated between loving and hating it. So to be fair, I'd really like to give this 3.5 sta ...more
Dec 30, 2011
Sep 19, 2011
The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1)
really liked it
The Shadow of the Wind is a great page-turning, edge of your seat kind of tale. But it's certainly not all thrill, no substance: it's got beautifully ...more
Sep 17, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
Outer Dark
really liked it
Outer Dark (1968) is Cormac McCarthy's parable-like tale of a brother and sister each wandering the Appalachian trails around the turn of the century, ...more
Apr 20, 2013
Apr 01, 2013
Outlander (Outlander, #1)
liked it
I may have set a new personal best record with this novel: from start to end in 36 hours. But that's neither here not there; more to do with the comme ...more
Sep 23, 2014
Sep 22, 2014
The Night Circus
liked it
3/ 5

Morgenstern's debut novel is a great fairytale- evocative, richly imaginative and packed with wonderfully eccentric, creative feats of magic. If I
Mar 10, 2013
Mar 08, 2013
Wise Blood
really liked it
Wise Blood was Flannery O'Connor's first novel, and is emblematic of her preoccupation with faith which persisted throughout her career. When it was p ...more
Jan 16, 2015
Jan 16, 2015
Cloud Atlas
it was amazing
Cloud Atlas seems to provoke pretty diametric responses: some love it, others accuse it of being the worst postmodern drivel ever published. I fall in ...more
Dec 07, 2013
Sep 09, 2013
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
it was amazing
I'm a long time fan of Richard Flanagan's writing, and The Narrow Road to the Deep North is some of the best he's written. Although this wasn't my per ...more
Dec 30, 2014
Dec 28, 2014
What Maisie Knew
really liked it
What Maisie Knew tells the story of a child subject to a vicious custody dispute between her parents in 1890s London. Family law dictates she is to be ...more
Feb 10, 2013
Feb 03, 2013
All the Pretty Horses (Border Trilogy)
it was amazing
'Days to come they rode through the mountains and they crossed at a barren windgap and sat the horses among the rocks and looked out over the country ...more
Jul 07, 2012
Jun 29, 2012
it was amazing
One of the truly great works of the Romantic literary movement. Mary Shelley's complex and detailed psychological portrait of the brilliant but ill-fa ...more
Dec 21, 2013
Dec 07, 2013
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014
it was amazing
One of the cleverest, most interesting, touching books I've read. And almost impossible to review without spoilers.

At first I thought the author was b
May 22, 2014
May 19, 2014
really liked it
Elisa, unhappily married middle-aged mother of one dead son and one living, abruptly finds herself living in an alternate reality. Her new world is, i ...more
Jun 09, 2014
Jun 08, 2014
liked it
**spoiler alert** For a short book, this took me a long time to read! It's pretty cerebral, and would be much enhanced, I think, if you have a working ...more
Dec 09, 2014
Nov 06, 2014
The Light Between Oceans
liked it
Reviewing The Light Between Oceans is a little difficult, because I'm very much in two minds about this book.

The beginning was promising, with a good
Dec 29, 2013
Dec 29, 2013
The Essex Serpent: The number one bestseller and British Book Awards Book of the Year
Perry sets her scene in 1890s London and the Essex coast, following a small ensemble cast who are each connected in some way to the young widow Cora. ...more
Jul 16, 2017
Jul 15, 2017
The Enchantress of Florence
really liked it
Rushdie's novel is a fairytale-like merger of two great civilizations at their cultural peak: Renaissance Florence collides with Akbar's Mughal Empire ...more
Jan 13, 2015
Jan 11, 2015
The Luminaries
really liked it
A remarkable book in many ways- particularly in terms of the incredibly complex plot and the characterisation of not just the protagonists, but all th ...more
Jan 23, 2014
Jan 02, 2014
The Transit of Venus
really liked it
Shirley Hazzard seems to have slipped under the cultural radar here in Australia; I had never heard of her or any of her works until I heard The Trans ...more
Jan 06, 2015
Jan 05, 2015
it was amazing
Most of the way through reading 'Blindness' my reaction could probably be succinctly described as awestruck. At first, it was because this novel was n ...more
Feb 25, 2014
Feb 09, 2014
Ethan Frome
really liked it
Wharton's novella unravels the mystery of the silent, reclusive Ethan Frome from the perspective of a visitor to the tiny New England village of Stark ...more
May 11, 2012
May 11, 2012
The Bone Clocks
liked it
David Mitchell's newest novel The Bone Clocks takes place in the same fictional universe as his earlier novel Cloud Atlas, although there is only a ve ...more
Oct 30, 2014
Oct 19, 2014
My Brilliant Friend
really liked it
The level of hype that has surrounded the mysterious Ferrante for the last couple of years made me hesitant to pick up My Brilliant Friend, but my wor ...more
Sep 28, 2016
Sep 27, 2016
The Woman In Black
liked it
I scared myself silly reading this at 3am. Susan Hill does an excellent job of allowing her physical settings to build tension and a sense of the eeri ...more
May 06, 2012
May 06, 2012
The Rachel Papers
it was ok
The Rachel Papers struck me as being similar to Catcher in the Rye, in that you have a male narrator on the cusp of adulthood going through similar co ...more
Nov 2008
Aug 05, 2011
The Tower on the Rift (The View from the Mirror, #2)
it was ok
As the plot gets more and more involved in this series, a real problem in Irvine's writing style emerges- and that's a lack of in-depth detail about t ...more
Sep 27, 2011
Sep 19, 2011
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, #1)
did not like it
I love Pride & Prejudice. I know my way around the zombie film genre, if not perhaps zombie books.

You'd think that's probably a good indication th
Jan 2010
Aug 05, 2011
Far from the Madding Crowd
it was amazing
Far from the Madding Crowd is the earliest of Hardy’s well known novels, and certainly the most optimistic in tone. Hardy’s works are, generally speak ...more
Sep 20, 2015
Jan 23, 2016
The Buried Giant
liked it
Over his career Ishiguro has created a diverse body of work, experimenting with a range of genre forms, but always returning to his core themes of mem ...more
Mar 13, 2016
Mar 13, 2016
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