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One Good Turn
One Good Turn
by Kate Atkinson
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly as good as any of her other books, 19 Sep 2007
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I have read everything Kate Atkinson has written and would give 5 stars to all her other work, but 'One Good Turn' just isn't the page turner that all her other books are. There is far too much detail about the lives of a number of the characters and unlike 'Case Histories' (to which 'One Good Turn' is the sequel)I didn't find the mystery remotely interesting.


Secret Life of Dr James Barry: Victorian England's Most Eminent Surgeon
Secret Life of Dr James Barry: Victorian England's Most Eminent Surgeon
by Rachel Holmes
Edition: Paperback

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn, 13 Sep 2007
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I bought this book after reading a review of it in 'The Guardian' newspaper as I thought Dr Barrie's life sounded extraordinary, and indeed it is, but the style of writing is so dry and unengaging, that only the most dedicated of readers would be able to plough through. Not only that, but there are also so many people mentioned in the book that it is very difficult to keep up with them and so it would have been useful if there had been a list of names at the back that one could have referred to. I gave up after 50 pages but would recommend to any insomniacs.


Aberystwyth Mon Amour
Aberystwyth Mon Amour
by Malcolm Pryce
Edition: Paperback

3 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Refund please, 13 Sep 2007
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I had this book recommended to me as I am fan of the Thursday Next series and was looking for something equally original and amusing. I just about made it to Chapter 2 and then felt life was just too short to continue with it. It is not remotely amusing and there are far too many in-jokes. Don't waste your money.


First Among Sequels
First Among Sequels
by Jasper Fforde
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still good, but not AS good as the previous Thursday Next novels, 28 Aug 2007
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This is by far the weakest of the 5 Thursday Next novels thus far written. While still original, entertaining and by turns laugh out loud funny and incredibly creepy, it doesn't have the same spark as its predecessors.

I would still highly recommend it, though it will make little sense if you have not reading any of its prequels.


Something Rotten (Thursday Next)
Something Rotten (Thursday Next)
by Jasper Fforde
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Fforde is back on form, 28 Aug 2007
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After the slightly less interesting The Well Of Lost Plots, Fforde comes back with this cracking fourth novel in the Thursday Next series. Highly original, entertaining and recommended.


The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next)
The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next)
by Jasper Fforde
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 18.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first two Thursday Next novels, but still a corker...., 28 Aug 2007
I would still recommend TWOLP as it is still a highly original and entertaining read.


Lost in a Good Book
Lost in a Good Book
by Jasper Fforde
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars An astonishing sequel, 28 Aug 2007
This review is from: Lost in a Good Book (Hardcover)
I both laughed out loud and openly wept during parts of this book. It is a fantastic follow up to The Eyre Affair and I have now read it 4 times. I really cannot recommend it highly enough if you are looking for something completely original.


The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next)
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next)
by Jasper Fforde
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.09

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply, one of the best books I have ever read, 28 Aug 2007
I have now read The Eyre Affair 4 times and it never fails to amaze me what a fantastically original book this is. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

It is incredibly original, amusing, sad, intellectual, playful and just plain wonderful. Thursday Next is an extraordinary creation and reading this book makes me glad to be alive.


I'd Rather Eat Chocolate: Learning to Love My Low Libido
I'd Rather Eat Chocolate: Learning to Love My Low Libido
by Joan Sewell
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting insights, but....., 28 Aug 2007
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I bought this book after reading the review in 'The Observer' as I was curious to know why Sewell would rather have chocolate than sex with the man she loves.

I found it interesting at first as I am sure there are reasons for not having sex that many women can identify with: too much effort, too tired, too many other things to do, the anxiety about performance, etc, but by half way through, it had just turned into one big whine and I really began to feel sorry for Kip (Sewell's husband). Some of her comments about him were irritatingly childish: she talked about him being 'defective' because he doesn't like coffee and wonders why he turns to pornography when she rejects him. She comes across as incredibly naive when it comes to male/female relationships and I was absolutely astonished to find at the end of the book that he had stayed with her. She complains about EVERYTHING: she has no friends when they move to Seattle, it's too cold in Seattle, her butt's too big, she cannot get the job she wants and also she basically wants to do is sleep. I was also astonished when she was surprised when he wanted separate bedrooms because he found it difficult to be affectionate with her as it wouldn't lead anywhere, even though a lot of the time he didn't WANT affection to lead anywhere.

However, the reason I am giving this 3 stars rather than 1 is because the book does offer some interesting insights into why society doesn't ask men to temper their sexual urges, but asks women to find ways to either increase theirs, or submit.

Finally, I am not a prude, but some of the more intimate details of Sewell's and Kip's sex life should have been left out! I would say more, but Amazon probably wouldn't show my review if I did!


Quiver: A Book of Erotic Tales
Quiver: A Book of Erotic Tales
by Tobsha Learner
Edition: Paperback

1.0 out of 5 stars Do not waste your money on this book, 22 Aug 2007
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How this book ever got published, I will never know. To call it 'erotic' is laughable. The writing is atrocious and the alleged eroticism is non-existant. Save your money and buy something else.


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