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Keep the Ends Loose
Keep the Ends Loose
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Tincture of Time, 28 Jan. 2015
This is a clever piece of writing. Mandy, the young narrator, has a gift for description and a funny, quirky turn of phrase which keeps this story fresh and entertaining.

The mistakes of the past come back to haunt the adults in the story and some rash decisions place the central relationship in jeopardy. All of the main characters act to express their feelings and to try to resolve the deception that has remained hidden for so long while an extensive road trip draws the strands together to a satisfying conclusion.

What is most enjoyable about the novel are the voices of Mandy, Barley and Adam, the young people rushing towards adulthood, considering the current situation from a view point of limited experience and having insights as the story develops. Along the way they consider the challenges of high school, dating, college, the world of work and adult relationships. This is a cracking novel for the young adult reader, full of ideas, challenges and controversies.


The Miniaturist
The Miniaturist
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5.0 out of 5 stars The miniaturist, 15 Jan. 2015
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Magical and mysterious, this captures the atmosphere of prosperous, repressive Amsterdam in it's heyday. Completely absorbing and beautifully written, a satisfying read despite (maybe because of) no clear conclusion to the central mystery.


Us
Us
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5.0 out of 5 stars Us, 9 Jan. 2015
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A wonderful account of the relationship between Connie and Douglas, two very different people building a life together. Douglas made me laugh out loud so many times, with his gentle humour and quirky views on life, while Connie and Albie's relationship was contrasted to his straightforward expectations for marriage and his son.
To follow them on their Grand Tour was a joy, and the resolutions to their challenges were satisfyingly well developed and concluded


The Man In The Wooden Hat (Old Filth Book 2)
The Man In The Wooden Hat (Old Filth Book 2)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The man in the wooden hat, 31 Dec. 2014
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Such a clever idea to revisit a story from the point of view of one of the major figures. Explains a lot and answers many questions.


Coming Clean: A Memoir
Coming Clean: A Memoir
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coming clean, 18 Dec. 2014
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This is an amazing and heartfelt account of the impact of hoarding parents upon their beloved only daughter. There is a huge amount of insight to be gained into all aspects of living with and dealing with a mental health disorder. In particular it is fascinating to see the role of carer develop for Kimberly. It is impossible not to sympathise with her as she deals with the humiliation and frustration of the situation. What comes through, loud and clear, is her love for her parents and their love for her. Helped by friends she stands up for herself and emerges, relatively triumphant, although profoundly marked by the experience.


Ignoring Gravity (Rose Haldane, Identity Detective Book 1)
Ignoring Gravity (Rose Haldane, Identity Detective Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book immensely, 16 Dec. 2014
I enjoyed this book immensely, having received a copy to review, I was delighted to be able to be so genuinely positive about it.

Rose and Lily have a complex, sisterly relationship until they discover a crucial fact while clearing out their mother's possessions following her death. The novel then develops into a fascinating exploration of some universal family questions. What does it mean to be a mother, sister, daughter? When is it OK to keep a secret within a family? What happens to relationships when the truth is exposed?

Interestingly, Sandra Dalby reveals a truth which needs to be seen from different angles, an idea supported by writing chapters from the viewpoint of the main characters in turn. This allows us to see their different standpoints, to explore the idea that one person's truth about a matter is not the same as anothers. This is a challenging way to explore a scenario yet it is true to life. We all tend to believe that OUR truth is THE truth. In fact there is usually a need to engage in a degree of 'triangulation' to find out what other people understand about a situation, before coming to a final conclusion.

The author leads us through this voyage of discovery, with a lightness of touch which makes this an easy, but far from lightweight, read. The characters, especially Rose and Lily, are well drawn and believable, with details of their lives being familiar and, at times, amusing. Especially true to modern life were sections such as Lily's stream of consciousness about what she is planning to cook, considering each food for it's health promoting properties and treating food almost as medicine. This felt very true to life to me. Equally the subsidiary characters are believable and realistic, providing further contrasts to the experiences of Rose in the course of the novel.

I found myself reading more and more slowly as I drew to the final part of the novel, as if savouring the last part of a delicious treat. As a result I am looking forward to reading more about Rose, her family and friends.


The Road To Nab End
The Road To Nab End
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nab End, 8 Dec. 2014
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Challenged to read this by my reading group. Not at all my cup of tea, although factually rich, there was not enough exploration of the curious main events, especially on the earlier part of the book. Throughout I found the tone curiously flat and unemotional.


The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
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4.0 out of 5 stars HARRY, 2 Dec. 2014
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This is a great idea and it is really well executed. The details of the interactions between the main protagonists are brilliant, detailed and horribl. The acceleration of the impact of technology on the planet is fascinating. A very worthwhile read.


The Glassblower (The Glassblower Trilogy Book 1)
The Glassblower (The Glassblower Trilogy Book 1)
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Glassblower, 23 Nov. 2014
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This novel has a certain gentle and predictable charm. It's interesting but not particularly challenging. The contrasting characters of the three sisters make for some good conflicts in the plot. Generally it is light and enjoyable.
I have to take issue with the translation. Is the word "gotten" even an actual word? Is it appropriate for this era. I think not. It grated every time it was used and it was used a lot!


Dark Fire (The Shardlake series Book 2)
Dark Fire (The Shardlake series Book 2)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark fire, 18 Nov. 2014
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Well plotted and written, good sense of the era and will drawn characters. Interesting contrast with some other novels of this time. Very enjoyable.


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