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2007: My year in books 2/2

S. Downie
 
The History of Love
The History of Love
"In stark contrast to Krauss' first novel, this one is truly sensational. Moving and original."
The People's Act Of Love
The People's Act Of Love
"Reads like a classic Russian novel. Written by a Scot. Enjoyable novel set in a small Siberian village at the end of WW1."
The Handmaid's Tale (Reading Guide Edition)
The Handmaid's Tale (Reading Guide Edition)
"Apocalyptic fiction. Didn't find it that enjoyable but the themes of women's opression and religious fundamentalism (Christian) make it a worthwhile read"
The Mysterious Flame Of Queen Loana
The Mysterious Flame Of Queen Loana
"Not as pretentious as Eco's other novels, and more accessable. This edition has beautiful illustrations and is probably the only book I've sat staring at the quality of the font used! Great book."
The Ninth Life of Louis Drax
The Ninth Life of Louis Drax
"I found this to be a dark novel, and I loved it. Great suspense and well written"
Oxygen
Oxygen
"Wasn't quite my cup of tea but hey... Booker prize nominee"
Atonement
Atonement
"By far McEwan's best novel and probably the most accessable of them all"
Ask The Dust
Ask The Dust
"One of the most autobiographial novels I have read, and among the best. Underated but well worth a shot."
Housekeeping
Housekeeping
"Another contender for worst novel. In no way does this novel deserve all the praise it got."
All Fun And Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye
All Fun And Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye
"One of Brookmyre's best and one of the funniest. Necessary reading."
The Years of Rice and Salt
The Years of Rice and Salt
"Robinson has missed a brilliant oportunity here. The reincarnation of the main characters let this novel down. A world without Europe... Fascinating stuff."
1982, Janine (Canongate Classics)
1982, Janine (Canongate Classics)
"The politics of pornography make for fascinating reading."
No Great Mischief
No Great Mischief
"A great saga of highland clearnaces to Canadian life, with some Scots Gaelic thrown in for good measure. A very underated book, well-written and haunting. One to cherish."
The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear
The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear
"If there's a fantasy worth reading, this is it. Great illustrations, brilliant story and fun for all ages. READ IT!!"
Wicked (Wicked Years 1)
Wicked (Wicked Years 1)
"Wicked fun! Puts a new spin on the Wizard of Oz. A brilliant read"