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Books I have read in 2010, part 1

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The Rapture
The Rapture
"Disappointing eco-apocalyptic nonsense."
Apples
Apples
"OK depiction of council estate life, but nothing mindblowing."
Invisible
Invisible
"Thoroughly entertaining throughout, although I wish it had a proper ending!"
Blacklands
Blacklands
"Very well-written British crime thriller - recommended."
The Vienna Woods Killer: A Writer's Double Life
The Vienna Woods Killer: A Writer's Double Life
"Obviously the result of great research and a good insight into a fascinating case, but could have been better-written."
Homicide:
Homicide:
"Interesting but not gripping throughout its 600+ pages - dare I say it could have done with some editing....?"
The Lost Diaries of Adrian Mole, 1999-2001
The Lost Diaries of Adrian Mole, 1999-2001
"So-so. Not that funny and a real sense of deja vu in the storylines."
No Bells on Sunday: Journals of Rachel Roberts
No Bells on Sunday: Journals of Rachel Roberts
"Intriguing insight into the life of an actress with a fatal flaw."
V for Vendetta: New Edition
V for Vendetta: New Edition
"Gripping and moving - much better than I expected.."
One Day
One Day
"Entertaining but almost painfully realistic at times tale of one day in the lives of two people over twenty years."
What to Do When Someone Dies
What to Do When Someone Dies
"Passable thriller, I turned the pages quickly enough."
Cutting For Stone
Cutting For Stone
"Well-written family saga, slightly disappointing ending."
A Fatal Inversion
A Fatal Inversion
"Thoroughly gripping crime novel, Ruth Rendell / Barbara Vine at her best."
Ham On Rye
Ham On Rye
"Didn't do much for me, but I seem to be in the minority."
The Man Without
The Man Without
"Stunning read, a book I picked up at the library on a whim - astonishingly good writing."
Charles Manson: Coming Down Fast
Charles Manson: Coming Down Fast
"Interesting read but tails off after a strong opening section."
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
"Astoundingly well-written and fascinating in places; dull in others. Doesn't really convey how Thomas Cromwell rose to the top and gained the power at Henry VIII's court that he did."
The Little Stranger
The Little Stranger
"So-so and with no real resolution, which is disappointing from this very talented author."
A Home at the End of the World (Essential Penguin)
A Home at the End of the World (Essential Penguin)
"Entertaining enough but not sensational and some familiar themes from Cunningham's other work."
Brooklyn
Brooklyn
"Readable, and touching in places, but not a masterpiece."
Three Men in a Boat, to Say Nothing of the Dog! (Penguin Popular Classics)
Three Men in a Boat, to Say Nothing of the Dog! (Penguin Popular Classics)
"Pretty funny in places, but not THAT hilarious for a supposed classic."
When I Forgot
When I Forgot
"Finnish family angst. Average story and writing in my opinion."
Wide Sargasso Sea (Penguin Modern Classics)
Wide Sargasso Sea (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Great premise, but somehow doesn't quite hit the mark."
Trauma
Trauma
"Very readable story of a psychiatrist's mental decline."
The Killer Inside Me
The Killer Inside Me
"Really entertaining and readable noir."