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Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A sweetly simple story - a bookstore clerk who is instructed to annotate every single detail of every single one of the people who come in to read the books off of the bookstore's "waybacklist" - but filled with an incredible quirkiness that endears the novel in practically every way. The writing is simple but intelligent, the characters are hugely likeable. Add in a funky Google girlfriend, one or two nefarious baddies, a whiff of a possible dark arts religion and one unsuspecting but relateable bookstore clerk and you have a book so innocently perfect that I genuinely wish I could go back and read it again with a fresh start. I am very keen to know what the author has coming next!
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Instead of re-reviewing the book, as others have done, I'll simply say this: the premise is a bit confusing. Indeed I found I had to go back and read a few passages in the beginning, as I wasn't familiar with the characters, some were thrown at you too quickly, and the concept can be daunting. But once I had sorted who was doing what and what was happening when (as well as why some scenes kept happening again and again) I found the book amazing. Utterly remarkable. I have long enjoyed Kate Atkinson's other books and found the writing in this one to be just as top class. The characters were all engrossing (even the ones you didn't like) and finally - a heroine that you actually care… Read more
The Children's Hospital by Chris Adrian
The Children's Hospital by Chris Adrian
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The definition of "slog", 13 April 2013
I bought this based on a good review from a newspaper, and the premise sounded very interesting - dystopian? Debut novel? Quirk to an idea? Twist on the supernatural meets Biblical? I'm in.

The book was not worth the time or effort. The biggest issue - past the insane amounts of heavy, hardcore medical terminology (literally, pages at a time and if you - like me - are not a doctor, you'll possibly struggle as I did) - is that there isn't a single likeable character. Not one. Even the children come across as repugnant in the extreme. There is no single hero or heroine to identify with, and the flashbacks to the past simply make you want to reach out and throw a good therapist… Read more

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