CL Padley

Helpful votes received on reviews: 80% (28 of 35)
Location: Wales, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,739,476 - Total Helpful Votes: 28 of 35
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It can be hard to summarise what The Unbearable Lightness of Being is about.

At the heart of the novel we have a group of characters whose lives entwine over a period of years. Tomas, the protagonist, is a surgeon living in Prague, renown for his womanising ways and light-hearted take on life. After falling in love and marrying the emotionally vulnerable and naive Tereza, he finds himself trapped between the ongoing desire to explore each and every woman he meets, and remain faithful to his wife.

It was hard for me to hate Tomas: In spite of his philandering ways, I understood his urgent need to take grab life with both hands and float around with it. Having been… Read more
The Virgin's Lover: 3 (Tudor series) by Philippa Gregory
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 25 Aug 2009
I'm a history buff. My specialist subject is The Tudor family. As a result, I love all historical fiction that revolves around that time period and, though I'm more than aware that Philippa Gregory's novels are less than historically accurate, I do enjoy her books.

However, I was greatly disappointed with this one. The biggest issue I had with this book were the way the characters were written.

Let's start with Elizabeth. Now, the whole reason Queen Elizabeth I is a big deal for this country is that she was the first queen to rule alone at a time when women were regarded as second-rate. Her time was regarded as 'The Golden Age' and she chose not to marry (to the… Read more
Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is going to be another review I'll have trouble writing because I enjoyed this ... a lot. With all the Twilight/Sookie whatsherface vamp books and writers turning Mr Darcy into the undead creature, it's refreshing to find an author who has managed to take an overused figure and create a truly original story and new take on it.

The plot above doesn't give the book half the credit it's worth. What began as something I found quite slow and hard to get into soon turned into a page turner that I found difficult to put down. While the aforementioned Oskar is our main protagonist, Let the Right One In focuses on how a single person can affect an entire community. From the school… Read more

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