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The Ministry Of Fear: An Entertainment (Vintage Classics)
The Ministry Of Fear: An Entertainment (Vintage Classics)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, 6 May 2015
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A good idea and, as usual, very well executed with some terrific characters but let down a little by the story which is wildly far fetched and, ultimately, a bit of a let down. Try the Heart of the Matter instead, it's a cracker.


The End Of The Affair (Vintage Classics)
The End Of The Affair (Vintage Classics)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Greene but odd, 6 May 2015
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An odd book but quintessential Greene. A story about relationships and beliefs, as usual, beautifully written. Not what I expected but if you like Greene you will like this. Probably not the best Greene for first-timers, try The Quiet American instead.


A Small Town in Germany (Penguin Modern Classics)
A Small Town in Germany (Penguin Modern Classics)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pedestrian, 6 May 2015
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I'm afraid this is no classic. I'm a Le Carre fan and read this twenty years ago and recently came back to it as I couldn't really remember it. I now know why I can't remember it, it is because it isn't worth remembering. A poor story, tedious characters, weak ending. Avoid unless you are a real fan.


Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front
Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little tedious in the end, 6 May 2015
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An interesting first person story about the horrors of the Eastern front from a German infantrymans perspective. That said, you do become somewhat immune to the travails in the end as the battles, whilst brutal, are, inevitably I guess, broadly similar. Worth a read but don't expect to learn too much.


One Hundred Years of Solitude (Marquez 2014)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Marquez 2014)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Seminal, 5 May 2015
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A well crafted fairy tale set in South America about a single family and their many, and bizarre, happenings over the years. It's easy to see now how many of the modern authors of this genre have borrowed from this book shamelessly. It was good to read the "source", if you will. Recommended.


A Streetcar Named Desire (Modern Classics (Penguin))
A Streetcar Named Desire (Modern Classics (Penguin))
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3.0 out of 5 stars Showing its age a little..., 5 May 2015
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An enjoyable, but short, play. It's all a bit stereotypical now and the casual violence, and cruelty, to the women difficult to stomach. That said it is easy to see why it caused a stir at the time therefore of historical interest at the very least.


Under the Volcano: A Novel (P.S.)
Under the Volcano: A Novel (P.S.)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hard Yards, 5 May 2015
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No doubt a classic but a very difficult read. Basically a story about a rich English bloke who is an alcoholic in central Mexico and his erstwhile wife, an ex-child movie star. As noted elsewhere the prose is outstanding but a whole book describing being drunk? Easily the best descriptive essay on the topic but by the end I longed for a story. I won't spoil the ending but it stretches your belief and adds a rather surreal, and abrupt, ending to this tedious, rambling monologue. It took me six months to read and I'm generally a book a week person. Beware!


Where the Iron Crosses Grow: The Crimea 1941-44 (General Military)
Where the Iron Crosses Grow: The Crimea 1941-44 (General Military)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable history, 19 April 2015
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A very well put together book. Context is good, accurate, as far as I could tell and, almost uniquely, good understandable maps. Recommended.


The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece, 16 Dec. 2014
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It's hard to imagine how innovative the stories were at the time of writing. Great characters, magnificent plots and first rate dialogue. It's a must-read and if you only get round to reading one Holmes book, which would be a mistake as they are all good in their own way, then this is the one.


A Delicate Truth
A Delicate Truth
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2.0 out of 5 stars Weak, 16 Dec. 2014
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I expected a lot more from this. His later work is nowhere near his early efforts but even by those reduced standards this was poor. Gone are the days when you could expect a Chicken Vindaloo of a novel, with all the works, but I at least expected a half-decent Rogan Josh with some pilau rice. Sadly, all I got was a Tesco Chicken Tikka.

Unless you are very hungry for Le Carre I would probably avoid.


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