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Devil On The Road
4.13
really liked it
Very slow to start, and feels rushed when it finally gets going, but nevertheless an original storyline which casts a spell on you. I think the idea m ...more
Jul 06, 2020
Jul 03, 2020
 
A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality
3.65
it was amazing
Fantastic little booklet. I first read this in my first year studying philosophy at undergrad many many years ago and re-read it after finishing the r ...more
Jan 21, 2020
Jan 13, 2020
 
Mudlarking
4.17
it was amazing
A really beautiful book, it takes us on a tour through the history of London by way of the objects found on the Thames foreshore, unearthing fascinati ...more
Jun 03, 2021
Apr 26, 2021
 
White Boots
4.10
really liked it
I stole this off my mum's shelf when I was about 12 and for some reason kept the book all these years. It's moved from shelf to shelf throughout vario ...more
Jan 25, 2021
Dec 22, 2020
 
The Stars My Destination
4.09
did not like it
Gave up on this about 3/4 of the way through, just after the whacky circus was introduced. The misogyny and racism just got too much and there wasn't ...more
not set
Mar 25, 2021
 
Snow Crash
4.02
really liked it
Hard to collect my thoughts on this one. Took a really long time to get going. The 2nd half was better and more connected. The world was cool, a high ...more
Jan 20, 2021
May 10, 2019
 
The One That Got Away: My SAS Mission Behind Enemy Lines
4.09
really liked it
Interesting to get a new perspective on the parts of the patrol shared with McNab, and equally interesting to see what Ryan had to go through on his l ...more
Feb 24, 2020
May 10, 2019
 
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner #1)
4.08
liked it
A strange experience! It reminded me of a short story, and I really wish it had been longer. It was very hard for me to separate it from the - very di ...more
Mar 31, 2020
Jun 04, 2019
 
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss
3.89
it was ok
Almost gave up on this. The first half was just a gushing love letter to Charles Ephrussi, a fabulously wealthy 'spare son' of a banking dynasty with ...more
Feb 11, 2020
Nov 21, 2019
 
Mnemonic (Modern Plays)
4.07
really liked it
Saw the play back in 1999 when it opened. Made an impact and stayed with me all this time. Reading it didn’t quite have the same effect, but it unlock ...more
May 13, 2020
May 04, 2020
 
Recursion
4.14
liked it
Pop-sci-fi. Dan Brown meets HG Wells and introduces him to Tequila. The next morning, massively hungover, they halfassedly write a book before going f ...more
Mar 04, 2020
Jun 20, 2019
 
All the Light We Cannot See
4.32
it was amazing
An incredible read that captivates from the very start! Beautifully descriptive language, fully realised characters, and a plot that circles inexorabl ...more
Feb 21, 2021
Apr 26, 2020
 
The Tunnel
3.89
liked it
A very interesting bit of background / scene-setting for The Wooden Horse, but it doesn't really come together as a story in its own right. For that r ...more
Nov 26, 2019
Nov 18, 2019
 
A Gentleman in Moscow
4.33
it was amazing
Really enjoyable read, lovely characterisation. We trace the life of the Count over several years, all the while wondering where the book is leading u ...more
Jun 20, 2019
May 10, 2019
 
Tao: The Watercourse Way
4.08
liked it
Explained the main thrust of Taoist writing (I hesitate to add -ism as it's not really something you can - or can't - follow), along with a little his ...more
Feb 05, 2021
Jun 20, 2019
 
The Shelburne Escape Line
4.50
really liked it
Interesting subject matter, filled with some very moving tales. The book is oddly split in half, the second part being completely different and simply ...more
Nov 28, 2020
Oct 03, 2020
 
Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1)
3.90
really liked it
What an amazing book! So ahead of its time that it still feels futuristic today, as well as prescient. Yes, it's dense and Gibson in no way holds your ...more
Jan 07, 2020
Dec 28, 2019
 
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
3.94
liked it
Enjoyed this a lot, opened a window into an interesting bit of British scientific history, and as someone who’s rather accidentally into watches it ha ...more
Mar 25, 2021
Mar 24, 2021
 
The Garden of Evening Mists
4.12
liked it
ehhhhh what do I say about this? Nothing happened for the first two thirds of the book, while it was a pleasant easy read with a few 'setups' promisin ...more
Apr 21, 2021
Jun 19, 2019
 
Prisoner of War in Germany
3.91
liked it
Interesting overview of some lesser known aspects of the POW system. Though short, it was a little repetitive in places, but I did learn quite a lot f ...more
Apr 25, 2021
Apr 21, 2021
 
The Snow Spider (The Magician Trilogy, #1)
3.69
liked it
A good story but felt like it was missing some depth. I mean it's a kids book so I understand, but while it's been compared to The Dark Is Rising seri ...more
Sep 02, 2020
Jul 06, 2020
 
Half of a Yellow Sun
4.31
liked it
Nigeria undergoes a revolutionary schism and the republic of Biafra is created. This books tells the story of Biafra through the lens of a group of un ...more
Jul 14, 2019
Jun 20, 2019
 
The Lighthouse
3.36
really liked it
Does a masterful job of creating a gripping and unsettling atmosphere throughout, without anything you can really put your finger on. It conveys a sen ...more
Apr 11, 2020
Jun 20, 2019
 
GURKHA: Better to Die than Live a Coward: My Life in the Gurkhas
3.95
really liked it
Very enjoyable description of a small unit of Gurkhas under siege, intermixed with reminiscences of selection. Gives a good flavour of the Gurkha spir ...more
Feb 18, 2020
Dec 26, 2019
 
Reach for the Sky
4.30
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May 30, 2019
 
Neverwhere (London Below, #1)
4.16
it was amazing
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May 10, 2019
 
Meditations
4.22
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May 10, 2019
 
Moonless Night: The Second World War Escape Epic
4.31
it was amazing
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May 10, 2019
 
Tao of Jeet Kune Do
4.36
really liked it
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May 10, 2019
 
The Woman in the Dunes
3.92
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not set
Apr 26, 2020
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