Fiction picks and pans

A Listmania! list by NikST (Rickling)
 
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
1.  The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
The list author says:
  "Enjoyable quasi-historical romp about a closed society. Reminiscent of Mario Vargas Llosa, a little dumbed-down."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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The Road
2.  The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The list author says:
  "Unusually both book and film are very good, if very bleak. Still they are very different, not least because the book provides a more personal and private experience."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (918 customer reviews)

The Einstein Girl
3.  The Einstein Girl by Philip Sington
The list author says:
  "Ingenious, evocative and deeply mysterious story about a very special patient at the dawn of the Nazi era. Outstanding."
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Room
4.  Room by Emma Donoghue
The list author says:
  "Spooking tale of incarceration, exploiting interest in recent real-life cases to mainly good effect (although truth in this case is stranger and more disturbing than fiction)."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,474 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Her Fearful Symmetry
5.  Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
The list author says:
  "The supernatural rears its ghostly head in this long-awaited and rather disjointed follow-up."
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3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (383 customer reviews)

Germania: A Personal History of Germans Ancient and Modern
6.  Germania: A Personal History of Germans Ancient and Modern by Simon Winder
The list author says:
  "Pleasant and original tour of German history and culture, with many surprises along the way."
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)

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The Help
7.  The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The list author says:
  "Domestic servants in the American South during the early 1960s. Poignant tale of civil rights and prejudice."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,316 customer reviews) | 11 customer discussions

Wolf Hall
8.  Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
The list author says:
  "Mantel's somewhat leisurely winner set in a believable Tudor England. Very good once you get into it."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,125 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Angel's Game
9.  The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The list author says:
  "Gothic melodrama brought off (just) by approachable, unassuming style."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (280 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Three Cups Of Tea
10.  Three Cups Of Tea by Greg Mortenson
The list author says:
  "Charming account of life on one of the world's most troubled borderlands."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (450 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Slap
11.  The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
The list author says:
  "Australian attitudes and vices analysed through the prism of a mildly scandalous incident. Patchy but perceptive."
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2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (497 customer reviews)

Alone in Berlin (Penguin Modern Classics)
12.  Alone in Berlin (Penguin Modern Classics) by Geoff Wilkes
The list author says:
  "Bleak but wholly convincing German novel about a couple's doomed rebellion against Nazi rule, penned just after World War II."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (399 customer reviews)

At Home: A short history of private life
13.  At Home: A short history of private life by Bill Bryson
The list author says:
  "Amusing and amble through domestic history: charming if not tremendously profound."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (410 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Lustrum
14.  Lustrum by Robert Harris
The list author says:
  "Where was I? Ah yes, The Prologue... Sadly Lurkio does not feature in this thrillerish romp through Ancient Rome. A must if you enjoyed 'Imperium'."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Children's Book
15.  The Children's Book by A S Byatt
The list author says:
  "Assured, if lengthy saga about Edwardian England seen through the prism of children's literature."
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (Millennium Trilogy Book 3)
16.  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (Millennium Trilogy Book 3) by Stieg Larsson
The list author says:
  "Enjoyable and grittily convincing thriller from Sweden. As always Larsson packs a serious social message."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,914 customer reviews) | 9 customer discussions

City of Thieves
17.  City of Thieves by David Benioff
The list author says:
  "Epic tale of war and survival in wartime Russia."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

The Host
18.  The Host by Stephenie Meyer
The list author says:
  "Meyer lurches off into sci-fi territory, albeit of the spooky haunted variety. Some fans may be puzzled."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,021 customer reviews) | 8 customer discussions

The Little Stranger
19.  The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
The list author says:
  "Waters turns to the supernatural in this often painfully slow story set in  the aftermath of the Second World War."
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (389 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

The Lovely Bones
20.  The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The list author says:
  "This old chestnut returns to the bestseller lists care of the movie. Quite an interesting angle on a family coping with the loss of a teenage daughter. But maybe a bit too soft-in-the-middle for some."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (909 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1)
21.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1) by Stieg Larsson
The list author says:
  "First in the now famous Millenium trilogy by this sadly deceased Swedish journalist and campaigner."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,615 customer reviews) | 16 customer discussions

Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris
22.  Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris by Graham Robb
The list author says:
  "Engaging historical guidebook to the city on the Seine."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Daughters of Shame
23.  Daughters of Shame by Jasvinder Sanghera
The list author says:
  "Gripping and angry story about the plight of women in Pakistan."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

One Day
24.  One Day by David Nicholls
The list author says:
  "Hornbyesque tale of growing up and growing apart, told over a series of anniversaries."
£2.00   Used & New from: £0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,933 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

Solar
25.  Solar by Ian McEwan
The list author says:
  "Even McEwan's fans are divided about this somewhat unlikely contrivance, which combines humour, science and murder. For me, a decided curate's egg."
£18.99   Used & New from: £0.01
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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