Hetty Smith

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 82% (411 of 504)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 149,097 - Total Helpful Votes: 411 of 504
21 ~ Adele
21 ~ Adele
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Stunning, 2 Sep 2011
'21' doesn't need any more positive reviews. It is a phenomenon and a triumph. But I will add my own voice to the praise that has engulfed this album. It is soulful, heartfelt, beautiful music. In short, that which one may be forgiven for thinking is lacking in modern music. Adele has, with this album, launched herself into the realms of musical greatness.
The Terrible Privacy Of Maxwell Sim by Jonathan Coe
5.0 out of 5 stars A book of our times, 2 Sep 2011
I loved this book, and it gripped me and moved me in a way that I did not expect. Jonathan Coe has crafted a highly engaging character in the form of Maxwell Sim, and you find yourself entranced by a boring and dull man, and oddly endeared to this peculiar character. There are some lovely twists here too, which kept me guessing, and it is very, very funny, incredibly moving in places as well. I really did adore it and have recommended it to others.

Many find the ending odd and displaced. I wasn't overly keen on the last chapter but it made me think about it long after I put the novel down, and how many books can you say that about?
Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book, 2 Sep 2011
What utter bliss this novel is. I read it towards the end of my holiday and found it as sad, funny and evocative as the reviews had promised. It really did take me back to my school days, and Paul Murray captures the feelings and fears of youth so beautifully that at times it made me cry. The characters, especially Skippy, are so likeable. Even the minor characters are wonderfully drawn.

I must say that I feel the reviews do mislead the reader slightly. The last part is incredibly dark, and not fun and games one might expect. It got rather heavy and intense for me in parts. This is not a fault of the novel or author. Indeed, this for me was the strongest part of the book but do… Read more