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Girlfriend in a Coma
Girlfriend in a Coma
by Douglas Coupland
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars unusual commentary on the meaning of life, 4 Jan 2007
This review is from: Girlfriend in a Coma (Paperback)
On December 15th 1979, on the night after they first make love, Richard's girlfriend Karen goes into a coma. She wakes up 20 years later, mentally undamaged, to find her friends relatively unchanged (they seem t have just grown into their own expectations of themselves) and that she and Richard have a teenage daughter.

And just as she starts to recover, the rest of the world falls apart.

Yes, you do have to suspend disbelief, but it's worth it.

This is an unusual, original book with a unique storyline and an interesting (if somewhat clichéd) cast of characters who are searching for their meaning of life.


Lunar Park
Lunar Park
by Bret Easton Ellis
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but did I actually LIKE it???, 4 Jan 2007
This review is from: Lunar Park (Paperback)
Brett Easton Ellis doing what he does best: social commentary with a plot which twists and turns, and rants and raves, and gets bloody and gory and disgusting in parts... it definitely made me dizzy but did I like it? Still not sure. This one is more intellectually challenging than his previous novels and I couldn't put it down while I was reading it, but I doubt I'd ever want to read it again.


Invisible Monsters
Invisible Monsters
by Chuck Palahniuk
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird, but sadly not wonderful, 4 Jan 2007
This review is from: Invisible Monsters (Paperback)
Nothing really wrong with the novel... all the usual ingredients were there: weird, dysfunctional characters, unusual, convoluted storyline, gore, but for some reason it didn't really work for me. I guess I've come to expect a whole lot more from Palahniuk.

Is this book a waste of time? Far from it, especially if you are a Palahniuk fan, in which case nothing else quite hits the spot sometimes. But in my opinion, it's also far from being one of his best.


Sister Of My Heart
Sister Of My Heart
by Chitra Divakaruni
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another original, heartwarming read from Divakaruni, 4 Jan 2007
This review is from: Sister Of My Heart (Paperback)
Sudha and Anju are cousins born on the same day - they are as close as the closest of sisters and the best of friends.

Set against a background of tales, traditions and customs of India, `Sister of my Heart' lets us get a glimpse into Indian culture, but as with `Mistress of Spices' it's the author's obvious love for each of her characters that makes this book really shine.

This is a heartwarming, unusual and beautifully written story and I'd definitely recommend taking the time to read it.


Swift As Desire
Swift As Desire
by Laura Esquivel
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and Powerful, 4 Jan 2007
This review is from: Swift As Desire (Paperback)
Having reread `Like Water for Chocolate' after approximately 10 years, I got curious as to what else Laura Esquivel had written and came up with this. WOW!

This is very different to `Like Water for Chocolate', and although this story is much simpler (essentially a love story about the lives of an ordinary couple) it is just as powerful and touching - if not more so.

Definitely recommended.


Like Water For Chocolate
Like Water For Chocolate
by Laura Esquivel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a wonderful read, 4 Jan 2007
I'd first read `Like Water for Chocolate' about 10 years ago and had found it simply amazing. Then again, it had been the my first contact with a book so unique ... the first novel to talk about the "magical" power of food, a combination which is now much more common thanks to writers and books like Joanne Harris' wonderful `Chocolat', Lily Prior's `La Cucina', Anthony Capella's `Food of Love', and Isabel Allende's `Aphrodite' and many others. In fact many of my favourite books fall into what has now become a genre in its own right.

`Like Water for Chocolate' may have lost some of it's uniqueness over the years but much of its magic and power is still there - even for a reader that's become much more jaded over the years. Well worth a read.


Brand New Friend
Brand New Friend
by Mike Gayle
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.64

4.0 out of 5 stars Can a man and a woman be `just good friends' ?, 3 Jan 2007
This review is from: Brand New Friend (Paperback)
Whether a man and a woman can be `just good friends' has been the subject of maaaaany a heated discussion. I'd side with `unfortunately, not past puberty'.

Here Mike Gayle tackles this subject with his usual light, humorous and very insightful touch and reaches the same conclusion, but so much more gracefully than most of us did at the Union bar. And no-one gives a better insight into the working of the male brain like Mike Gayle!

The only letdown in this book was Rob's girlfriend who is so sickeningly, annoyingly, cloyingly nice (borderline perfect) it just not realistic... particularly disappointing as Mike Gayle's characters are usually so true to life.


The Rise And Fall Of A Yummy Mummy
The Rise And Fall Of A Yummy Mummy
by Polly Williams
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Post-natal botox, anyone?, 3 Jan 2007
As a not-very-yummy mummy of a toddler (never having found the time for pilates, Hollywood waxes, and maintaining perfect highlights and manicures pre- or post-partum) I can't say I could entirely relate to this book, or to many of its characters. However, it is a light, fun, easy read that will get a few laughs - and will probably skim, if not actually strike, a chord with most mummies.


Big Stone Gap: A Novel (Big Stone Gap Saga 1)
Big Stone Gap: A Novel (Big Stone Gap Saga 1)
by Adriana Trigiani
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can life begin at 35?, 3 Jan 2007
The story of a 35 year-old Italian-American self-proclaimed spinster in a small, town in the mountains of Virginia, who finally decides to open herself to life, to the people around her, and eventually to love.

Romantic, but down to earth, funny, touching, and warm.

NB: I'd ordered this at the same time as Big Cherry Holler, and read them back-to-back, as I wasn't quite ready to put Ave Maria and the rest of Big Stone Gap's residents down at the end of the book.


Big Cherry Holler (Big Stone Gap Saga 2)
Big Cherry Holler (Big Stone Gap Saga 2)
by Adriana Trigiani
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life goes on..., 3 Jan 2007
Following on from Big Stone Gap, part 2 of Trigiani's trilogy picks up Ave Maria's life 8 years after her marriage to Jack.

Darker, sadder but more honest and insightful than Big Stone Gap, Big Cherry Holler faces up to the fact that

a) life isn't always a bed of roses

b) people often screw up

... but it doesn't have to be the end of the world when it happens.

NB: I'd ordered this at the same time as Big Stone Gap, and enjoyed reading them back-to-back, while the characters and `history'of Big Stone Gap was still fresh in my mind.


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