Shop now Shop now Shop now  Up to 70% Off Fashion  Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Shop now Shop now Shop now

2011 Reads, Part 2

Geekyred "Red"
 
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
"Alright, I'm too old to be reading these books.  But what the hell, the last film came out and I wanted to give them a go.  This is very much  a little book for little children and it does it job well"
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2): Celebratory Edition
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2): Celebratory Edition
"No.2.  Well it's more involved and a little richer than the first.  But still not quite my thing.  Still I kept going"
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Celebratory Edition
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Celebratory Edition
"Still not my thing, but I kept reading anyway.  This one did start to engage me a little more though."
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Celebratory Edition)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Celebratory Edition)
"I admire what JKR has done for kids and reading but still, still not for me."
"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (Harry Potter Celebratory Edtn)
"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (Harry Potter Celebratory Edtn)
"Right I liked this one better.  It's more compelling.  And it's also nice to see the books grew with their target readership."
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
"Darker, more developed and quite good to read."
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter Celebratory Edtn)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter Celebratory Edtn)
"I'm definately a fan of JKR.  Probably more so than the books.  But there's nothing wrong with this and it does have some truly heart wrenching moments written between the widely spaced covers."
Island
Island
"I set this down for a couple of months and when I came back to it I discovered a real love for this.  It's magnificent."
Timequake
Timequake
"This is more the sort of book to read if you want to know about Vonnegut's head. If you want to read his stories start with something else."
In Praise of Older Women: The amorous recollections of András Vajda (Penguin Modern Classics)
In Praise of Older Women: The amorous recollections of András Vajda (Penguin Modern Classics)
"A perfect read. I'm going to be re-reading this throughout my life; I'm sure of it."
Down and Out in Paris and London (Penguin Modern Classics)
Down and Out in Paris and London (Penguin Modern Classics)
"The writing here is stunning. Can't recommend highly enough."
Dear Illusion (Penguin Mini Modern Classics)
Dear Illusion (Penguin Mini Modern Classics)
"The short story done terrificly well."
Killer in the Rain (Penguin Mini Modern Classics)
Killer in the Rain (Penguin Mini Modern Classics)
"As hard boiled as a half hour egg."
Mengele: The Complete Story
Mengele: The Complete Story
"Not a comfortable read but important.  I'd have liked to see more research on his early life and prewar path than is present here though."
Revolutionary Road
Revolutionary Road
"a near prefect slice of Americana.  The dark and complicated life of  suburbanites."
London Fields
London Fields
"Maybe I'm not smart enough to read Martin Amis, but this book is over-long and dull.  The writing veers from great to pretentious prattle.  Not for me."
Animal Farm
Animal Farm
"I haven't a clue why it's taken me till now to read this. Another great and a lovely Penguin edition. Orwell is pretty flawless."