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Helpful votes received on reviews: 65% (106 of 163)
Location: S.W. France
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 537,680 - Total Helpful Votes: 106 of 163
Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson
Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Hmmm.... Just like that well worn Xmas song in my title, this book starts off well and goes along at a steady pace but by the time you have read the journal entries for the umpteenth time you just want it to end.

A good first effort though and there's plenty of other books out there that do not come close but it does not deserve five stars by any means.
A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz
A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too long at all, 14 Mar 2010
Despite claims that this book is morbid and depressing, I absolutely loved this book and it didn't seem a tad too long at all.

It is excruciatingly funny and yet Mr Toltz makes the reader think about how we use and abuse this wonderful planet and, to some extent, the people on it. He manages to hit the nail on the head regarding relationships and half way through you will realise that the metaphoric nail is actually being driven into your own head.

You can get the gist of this novel from other critiques, but if you like to laugh-out-loud and have a sense of foreboding towards man's careless disregard of our beautiful world then give this book some shelf space.
City of Joy by Dominique Lapierre
City of Joy by Dominique Lapierre
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It can be difficult to present a non-fiction work as a novel and I do not think Monsieur Lapierre has quite pulled it off. The book struggles to sit comfortably into its genre making for a difficult read. The characters jump in and out of the narrative amidst chunks of history which read as though they have been copied straight from research.

I am well aware of poverty, having been brought up in the midst of it, but I cannot understand why people assume that their destiny is to be poor because they had been something other than perfect in a previous life and that they will reap the rewards of their misery in the next. I am guessing that religion was invented to make sense of… Read more