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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrima&hellip by Haruki Murakami
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4.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't disappoint, 31 Aug 2014
Waiting for a new Haruki Murakami book is like waiting for one of your favourite artists to release a new album. You wait a year, finally get it and then it's all over far too soon. I was hoping this was going to be a longer book, but having said that, anything is going to seem short in comparison to the mammoth IQ84.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage follows a more straightforward story, much akin to Norwegian Wood, leaving behind the more bizarre elements such as parallel lives and other quirks found in previous works like Kafka on the Shore or The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.

The story follows 36 year-old Tsukuru Tazaki's quest to track down his old… Read more
Engine Summer (S.F. MASTERWORKS) by John Crowley
2.0 out of 5 stars Sluggish, 23 Aug 2014
Engine Summer is evidently one of those "Marmite" books - you either love it, or you don't. Unfortunately I fall into the latter category, finding it quite hard to follow. A frustrating and difficult read, it's easy to lose track of what's going on. I've heard it called poetic and beautiful, but sadly for me, it was just confusing.

Sluggish and largely uneventful, I found this book to lean more towards fantasy rather than science fiction. However, there is some lovely imagery in the writing, and the scenario is very interesting indeed - there are some great 'visual' moments and some lovely ideas, sadly marred by the cumbersome and confusing dialogue and writing style.
The Door into Summer (S.F. MASTERWORKS) by Robert A. Heinlein
I really enjoyed "The Door Into Summer". It's stands up tremendously well for its age - you certainly wouldn't think it was written in the 50s. A well-paced, well written book that you breezed through, eager to turn the page. I guess my main criticism is that it seemed a bit too short - the last quarter of the book in particular seemed rushed. Details glossed over and entire chunks of additional adventure condensed into a single paragraph. It did make me want to edit the last few chapters and expand some of the sections. But the final chapter I found to be a very emotive read; a lovely written ending.

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