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The Great Gatsby (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Great Gatsby (Penguin Modern Classics)
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great style, little substance, 18 Feb 2010
The Great Gatsby is undoubtedly a beautifully written book. The final pages in particular are famously elegant and thought-provoking. However, despite this obvious literary brilliance I found it was a novel that was very difficult to warm to.

Like its characters, The Great Gatsby is ultimately shallow and has little of note to say. For me, Fitzgerald never got under the skin of his characters and that is what a novel like this needs. I liked the style, but this certainly isn't one of the best novels of the C20th to me.
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The Gathering Storm
The Gathering Storm
by Robert Jordan
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wheel turns again..., 18 Feb 2010
This review is from: The Gathering Storm (Hardcover)
I loved the Wheel of Time series when it first came out back in the 1990s, but I read only a few chapters of the last two books as the series seemed to have lost its way and was moving nowhere fast. I'm not a fan of continuations of series written by different authors and wasn't planning to read The Gathering Storm until I saw the highly positive reviews here. Boy, am I glad I did!

The Gathering Storm is arguably the best book in the series, certainly the equal of my two favourites The Great Hunt and Fires of Heaven. The epic adventure gets moving again and there's plenty of classic confrontations that help to bring the series back to its zenith. We get deep into Rand's psyche and the stirring chapters about Egwene in the White Tower are among the best fantasy scenes I have read. It was like reading Jordan at his best and there was not one stage when it was readily apparent that another author was continuing his words

To those who haven't bought this book because they doubted that Brandon Sanderson could convincingly continue the series - think again. This is a remarkable achievement.


The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
by Richard Dawkins
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to evolution, 18 Feb 2010
The Greatest Show on Earth is not quite the greatest book in the Dawkins canon, but it provides a decent introduction to the facts that underpin evolution. The main questions about evolution are answered here, making it a very useful resource for a beginner looking to find out more about the subject.

It doesn't quite make five stars as I found another Prof Dawkins tome, The Ancestor's Tale, covers the subject in greater depth and delves into more areas that are not so widely known. But if you haven't read The Ancestor's Tale and don't know much about evolution I would certainly recommend this as a starting point.


Hard-Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World
Hard-Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World
by Haruki Murakami
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Wonderland, 18 Feb 2010
This beautiful and enigmatic novel is pure Murakami - a work of poignant magic realism where the characters have no names and the mundane sits side-by-side with the supernatural. The story weaves together two alternating narratives - one fast-paced Tokyo cyberpunk, the other a poetic and haunting fairytale - which are at first connected only by motifs of unicorn skulls and elegant librarians but gradually become more and more closely entwined as they move towards a superb and powerful ending.

This is a must for fans of Murakami and anyone else who appreciates unconventional storytelling.


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