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Who's Sorry Now?
liked it
This started brightly, and the initial dynamics between the main characters were absorbing. However, it soon ran out of steam for me, and the story ra ...more
Jan 09, 2013
Dec 07, 2012
Espedair Street
liked it
A quirky offering from Mr Banks, which centres around Danny Weir, or Weird as he is inventively known.
This book is full of word play, which at times i
Jan 10, 2013
Oct 08, 2009
The Crow Road
liked it
A great opening line and some fine comic moments interspersed through a well crafted novel.

The timeline and perspective skips around a little too much
Jan 22, 2010
Oct 08, 2009
A Long Way Down
it was ok
Having read a few other Nick Hornby books I was looking forward to this, but it left me cold and numb. The characters are all unlikeable, and nothing ...more
Mar 14, 2014
Feb 15, 2014
The Book Thief
liked it
This book may deserve more than my paltry 3 stars, but it just didn't grab me and absorb me enough.

There are some clever touches and the unique narrat
May 30, 2011
Feb 04, 2011
Little Star
liked it
In common with other reviews, this started strongly for me, but faded away, leaving me wondering whether the author had a fully formed idea, or simply ...more
Jun 20, 2013
May 22, 2013
Starter for Ten
it was ok
Having read One Day I had higher expectations of this book than actually materialised. That may have been unrealistic, given that this was his first b ...more
Apr 26, 2011
Mar 29, 2011
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
it was amazing
I heartily thank the recommendation which brought this into my sphere of reading.

The book combines an involving plot, clever use of flashbacks and so
Nov 12, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
The Killer Inside Me
really liked it
Picked up on a whim, I didn't know what to expect from this: I'd never heard of the author or the book, and there were a few mixed reviews on here.

Oct 11, 2010
Oct 07, 2010
The Humans
it was amazing
This came highly recommended by a friend, and I wouldn't hesitate to pass that on.

It's certainly not an easy book to pigeonhole, but all the better fo
Jun 19, 2014
May 12, 2014
The Reader
liked it
I was torn between giving this 2 or 3 stars - the book is very readable and thought provoking, but elements of it felt shallow and contrived.

The book
Oct 05, 2011
Sep 28, 2011
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, #1)
really liked it
A letter arrives, which transports Harold Fry back in time, and gives him a startling jolt in his life.

He sets off to visit the writer of the letter,
Jun 29, 2014
Jun 01, 2014
it was amazing
I'd had this for ages, and in a twist of self denial, had put off reading it. Not from any fear of it being disappointing, but from the fact that I wo ...more
Oct 13, 2013
Apr 24, 2012
In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran
really liked it
First a confession: I despised Duran Duran growing up.

They epitomised everything that was wrong with music for me: teen girl fodder, image obsessed a
Jan 05, 2014
Dec 15, 2013
Pirate Cinema
liked it
This started brightly for me, but the writing felt leaden and dull in places.

The dialogue certainly doesn't sparkle, and the characters don't fully en
Jul 12, 2013
Jul 05, 2013
Where Did It All Go Right?: Growing Up Normal in the 70s
really liked it
I'm close to Andrew Collins age, if slightly behind him in years, and so could relate in many ways to this book.

I was raised in an even more provinci
Apr 18, 2010
Nov 18, 2009
Northern Lights (His Dark Materials, #1)
liked it
This was thrust into my hand by a work colleague who insisted that it's one of the best books ever written. This guy doesn't read a lot, and so I felt ...more
Mar 31, 2012
Mar 28, 2012
Reheated Cabbage
really liked it
Welsh always writes sparkling dialogue, and all these short stories are no exception. Begbie's Christmas story is a modern day Christmas Carol, with c ...more
Sep 21, 2013
Sep 06, 2013
Brighton Rock
really liked it
I'd read this many years ago, and it felt alien and distant.

Re-reading it has brought it alive for me, and it resonates deeply with the modern world,
Feb 28, 2013
Feb 20, 2013
Etc Etc Amen
really liked it
The author himself sold this book to me, and he did a good job. It certainly piqued my curiosity, and in this case it didn't kill the cat, or the book ...more
May 06, 2013
Apr 24, 2013
The Bottoms
it was amazing
What's not to like about this book? I love the way Lansdale evokes a time and place so well, in all his books, not just this one.

I find myself conjuri
Jan 13, 2010
Sep 04, 2009
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
really liked it
I bought this to encourage my son in his reading - and he enjoyed it - praise enough for a book maybe.

I thought I'd give it a whirl, bearing in mind t
Jun 06, 2011
May 06, 2011
Grow Up
liked it
There's a lot of humour in here, combined with the pains of adolescence that everyone goes through. The writing is punchy and pacy, painting a hectic ...more
Nov 19, 2013
Nov 11, 2013
liked it
A real departure from the authors usual crime tales.
It's hard to pigeonhole and review without giving away too many spoilers.
Suffice to say that the
Oct 29, 2013
Oct 27, 2013
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
liked it
This is my first Oliver Sacks read, and I was drawn to it by the subject matter.
There are some fascinating insights in here, and the book runs the ful
Dec 06, 2013
Nov 17, 2013
This is Where I Leave You
liked it
I'm torn over this book: on one hand it was really easy to read, and the characters were engaging and rounded.
On the other hand I'm left wondering wha
Apr 24, 2013
Apr 17, 2013
The Cement Garden by McEwan, Ian (1997) Paperback
liked it
As detailed elsewhere, this is a dark and disturbing piece.

McEwan evokes the era and atmosphere well: I could feel the searing Summer heat in certain
Jan 07, 2011
Jan 04, 2011
Route 19 Revisited: The Clash and London Calling
it was amazing
This was an amazing find. It's centred round the recording of the London Calling album, and has detail on everything about it.
I'm no musician, but th
Aug 10, 2013
Jul 23, 2013
The Shock of the Fall
liked it
I was torn between 2 and 3 stars for this one, but my real gripe is a personal one, the narrative jumps back and forth, I hate that and thought it esp ...more
Jun 2014
May 28, 2014
liked it
I picked this up gratis, and have no complaints re value for money!

The story twists and turns, using flashbacks, a seemingly stream of conciousness na
Aug 22, 2012
Aug 13, 2012
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