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I like to read about travel, especially when I haven't got the time or the money to be out there doing it myself. When it comes to fiction, the more fantastical the better!


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Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next) by Jasper Fforde
I am pleased to report that this book was even better than `The Eyre Affair'. I felt more engaged with Thursday, the plot was just as exciting and the clever humour was still there. If you haven't done so already I would definitely suggest reading `The Eyre Affair' first as this book continues the series. Unlike `The Eyre Affair' I probably wouldn't suggest any pre-requisite reading. There is no specific book and if you come across a reference you don't understand you can always look it up later if you really want. I have to admit that my knowledge of Dickens does not stretch beyond `A Christmas Carol' yet I still found the numerous references highly amusing. I cannot wait to get my hands… Read more
Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure by Dave Gorman
This was an enjoyable book to read. It's a book that just goes to show how many truly interesting people there are out there on the internet. It's often a book about unbelievable coincidences and how taking a chance can take you all over the Globe. It's also a book about one man's attempt to avoid working, something I can sympathise with!

The pace of the book is good, particularly towards the end where the chapters are often only 2-3 pages long and it becomes a parade of entertaining, unusual and genuinely intriguing people. And it's definitely the people that make this book enjoyable and entertaining, rather than Gorman's need to complete this book. If anything, his constant… Read more
Mother Tongue: The English Language by Bill Bryson
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I liked this book. It is written with Bryson's usual witty and engaging style. It is a book that is absolutely of the high standard any reader of Bryson's previous books will have come to expect.

Having said that, this book is certainly not for everyone, even if you have thoroughly enjoyed many of Bryson's previous offerings. I have an amateur's interest in language and this book provided me with an informative introduction to its history and quirky nature. If you are not interested in the subject I think you will probably find this book very dull indeed.

There are some downsides to bare in mind, even for those with an avid interest. Firstly, it contains lots of list… Read more

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