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Books read: 1 Aug-9 Oct 2007

VJ Chow "book-lover"
 
The Historian
The Historian
"3 Aug. Although dry and long-winded in places, this kept me gripped and turning the pages until the end. Worth the effort (but it was an effort at times)."
Poppy Shakespeare
Poppy Shakespeare
"4 Aug. I'd heard a lot about this book, but it wasn't a great hit with me. Perhaps I had different expectations, but I wanted more from this book than I got. Disappointed."
The Queen's Fool
The Queen's Fool
"7 Aug. Loved The Other Boleyn Girl and The Virgin's Lover, and this ranks up there with them. Gregory brings the Tudor period and characters to life in a wonderful way."
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
"8 Aug. This book will haunt me for a long time. I read it in one sitting and had to take time when I was done to seriously think about it. Both wonderfully simple and horribly complex."
The Girls
The Girls
"14 Aug. With moments of truly beautiful prose, this is a simple story of sisters, who happen to also be conjoined twins. Never tripping into bad taste, this is a heart-warming read."
What Was Lost
What Was Lost
"17 Aug. Haunting and poignant debut novel that deserves its place on the Man Booker Prize longlist."
The Interpretation of Murder
The Interpretation of Murder
"21 Aug. Average read, not sure why it was raved about so much. Very long-winded and had to force myself not to skip large chunks of it."
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler's Wife
"25 Aug. Loved this unusual twist on a classic love story. I'm not usually one for time-travel fiction, but this was something different. A special book."
The Testament of Gideon Mack
The Testament of Gideon Mack
"2 Sept. Thoroughly enjoyed this book, loved the storyteller's voice and the questions raised by his tale. Depressing in parts, but definitely worth reading."
The Book Thief
The Book Thief
"5 Sept. What a wonderfully original book, narrated by death and telling a charming and tragic tale. I cannot praise this book highly enough!"
Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas
"14 Sept. A very complex book that required some serious thought whilst reading, but was totally worth the effort. Interlocking stories, all as well-written as each other."
The Tenderness of Wolves
The Tenderness of Wolves
"16 Sept. A pleasant read that evoked the stunning winter setting and its dangers very well."
Arlington Park
Arlington Park
"17 Sept. Found this book well-written but thoroughly depressing. It paints a very negative picture of womanhood and motherhood that I strongly disagree with."
This Book Will Save Your Life
This Book Will Save Your Life
"19 Sept. This book did not save my life, it wasted my time. Too silly for words, a two-dimensional character searches for meaning in a story with no depth, just hidden shallows."
Notes on a Scandal
Notes on a Scandal
"4 Oct. Now I've read the book I can't wait to see the film. The book reminded me of Alan Bennett's Talking Heads, deluded narrator saying things that they don't realise they're saying. Brilliant."
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (International Writers)
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (International Writers)
"5 Oct. A horribly wonderful book filled with sensual delights and hideous imagery that really captures the imagination."
The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud
The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud
"9 Oct. Very easy to read and quite heart-warming. A nice uplifting book after some heaver reads."