Marjorie

 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 61% (31 of 51)
Location: Saffron Walden, UK

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literary fiction, contemporary fiction
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 430,122 - Total Helpful Votes: 31 of 51
The Night Circus (Vintage Magic) by Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus (Vintage Magic) by Erin Morgenstern
15 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 3 Jun 2012
The book was hard to read, probably because of the unnecessarily fragmented timeline and the unconvincing the premise on which the story was based. The writing was overdone, and pretentious, and I couldn't finish the book.
A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 3 Jun 2012
This book takes three main characters involved in the French Revolution and follows them from boyhood through to the Revolution and the ghastly time of the Terror. On the whole Mantel does this convincingly and with great empathy, relating the characters' interior monologues and intrigues, as well as providing a more omniscient interpretation. However for me the novel didn't really work beyond the first 500 pages (it is very long, at approx 800 pages). We lose track of the multitude of characters as the author become more and more involved in writing a history of the period, and less and less involved in making a novel that engages and carries forward the reader. In the end, I gave up at… Read more
A Distant Land by Alison Booth
A Distant Land by Alison Booth
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, 3 Jun 2012
A great read, thoroughly recommended

This is the third novel in the trilogy that follows three main characters (Zidra Vincent, Lorna Hunter and Jim Cadwallader from their childhood in the small Australian coastal town of Jingera. Now it is 1971, they are in their twenties and Zidra and Jim are journalists amid the tumult of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War. A compelling story of intrigue and adventure unfolds and keeps you turning the page. Jim is a correspondent in Cambodia chasing the action. In Sydney, Zidra and Lorna are drawn into a riddle involving the intelligence services. These are testing times and both face moral challenges which are nicely intertwined, and… Read more