Jane Watson

Helpful votes received on reviews: 84% (64 of 76)
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland


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The Lost Library by A. M. Dean
The Lost Library by A. M. Dean
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good first novel, 30 Mar 2013
This is a fast-paced intriguing novel moving from Washington to Oxford to Egypt and back again all in about 5 days! The book is well-written with a scholarly background but the facts are presented well and flow in with the general story without seeming artificial and added on. The characters are reasonably well-drawn and the book draws you in and makes you want to keep reading and find out what happens. I liked the little short chapters and the way the book moved from country to country keeping the time at the top of each chapter to let you keep track of where you were. The subject matter was fascinating - who doesn't like a library?!! Would definitely recommend this one.
Bleeding Heart Square by Andrew Taylor
Bleeding Heart Square by Andrew Taylor
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not his best, 16 April 2009
I did enjoy this book, although for some reason I found it hard to get into at the beginning. It seemed rather confusing and I was a trifle irritated by all the references to other books that Taylor has written - ie, Lydmouth, Rosington, etc. However it settled down a bit and began to make a bit more sense and then it flowed quite happily after that and I was keen to pick it up and find out what happened.

I do like Andrew Taylor's work and have read quite a few of his books - I wouldn't say this was his best one but it was a good read and I engaged with the characters and liked them, especially the two main ones, Rory and Lydia. The setting of the book in the 1930s was… Read more
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read, 15 April 2009
This was certainly an unusual book - you really felt the distinction between the rich and the poor in India. You could understand the temptations of the rich lifestyle for the poor people despite the fact that some of them were content to be servile and work hard for their masters which in itself is no bad thing. It just seems strange that the era of the servant which has long died out here is still alive and thriving in other countries.

Obviously being a driver was perhaps a step up from a servant who worked indoors although they seemed to do all things anyway so perhaps it wasn't! The book cleverly works up Balram's desire to get a better life especially when he goes with… Read more