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Ghostwritten
Ghostwritten
by David Mitchell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.27

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ghostly Writing, 1 Jun 2003
This review is from: Ghostwritten (Paperback)
My criticisms of this book would only lie in the structure; it is difficult to see whether this is a collection of short stories or indeed, a book of nine parts which loosely hang together. However, this is easily overlooked when appreciating the quality of the writing. It is an extremely ambitious book which encompases such different narratives of these people and places. Mitchell certainly has a talent for writing fascinating and compelling tales.


A Confederacy of Dunces (Penguin Modern Classics)
A Confederacy of Dunces (Penguin Modern Classics)
by John Kennedy Toole
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Such a Terrible Boy to His Momma, 9 Feb 2003
As reviews on this book have been so mixed I was wondering if I would enjoy the book or not. I think one important point is that it does depend on your sense of humour. I was amused by many of Ignatius's observations and retorts. However, with such extreme divisions to being described as the worst book ever read and the funniest book ever, it is one to make up your own mind on. I enjoyed its dark humour but the plot was farce and the characters were more charicatures than anything else. A bit of fun but I wouldn't call it a classic. It's a shame that the late author was never able to move on and continue his writing. It would have been fascinating to see what he would follow this book up with.


A Song Of Stone
A Song Of Stone
by Iain Banks
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.18

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stone Cold, 22 Nov 2002
This review is from: A Song Of Stone (Paperback)
This is a difficult book to read. There's something hard in the first person narration with every action and description firmly and coldly played out. The narration is intense but has a strange lyrical quality, one of the main reasons that I managed to stay with the book. The lead character is not a person the reader would easily understand or get to grips with. The Song of Stone reminded me a lot of Canal Dreams, another Iain Banks book, which includes a similar situation of invaders attacking but with that book, there was a different sense of the main character wanting to be freed from her isolation. This is unlike The Song of Stone which is heavily isolated and extremely cold. Still worth a read though not my favourite of his books.


A Song Of Stone
A Song Of Stone
by Iain Banks
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.18

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stone Cold, 12 Nov 2002
This review is from: A Song Of Stone (Paperback)
This is a difficult book to read. There's something hard in the first person narration with every action and description firmly and coldly played out. The narration is intense but has a strange lyrical quality, one of the main reasons that I managed to stay with the book. The lead character is not a person the reader would easily understand or get to grips with. The Song of Stone reminded me a lot of Canal Dreams, another Iain Banks book, which includes a similar situation of invaders attacking but with that book, there was a different sense of the main character wanting to be freed from her isolation. This is unlike The Song of Stone which is heavily isolated and extremely cold. Still worth a read though not my favourite of his books.


Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture
Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture
by Douglas Coupland
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars All Style, No Content, 6 Nov 2002
I don't seem to have got as much from this book as other readers. Coupland is a good writer in the sense that he has an imaginative way of describing the collision between the modern and natural world. Only problem is that his plot and his characters are about as refreshing as vinegar. The lead characters whine constantly when they don't have much to whine about and spend the long evenings complaining about armageddon, swedish furniture and 'cynical marketing ploys' - a phrase that will make me scream if I read it once more. An easy read, a nice style but not much else.


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