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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The first 50 or so pages of this book didn't really make me want to keep reading, but I persevered and the story does get much better after this. However, it's definitely not in the same sphere as 'Catch 22', and I do think that the comparison is a tad unfair. It's a good, rather than great book, and paints an accurate portrait of how Americans view their involvement in the Iraq war.

Much like the story itself, I think Billy Lynn would be slightly amazed by the book's hype. I don't think it's a great American novel, but neither is it a bad American novel. It sits somewhere in the middle.

Read it for a modern American take on on their soldiers' involvement in Iraq, and… Read more
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
This is an original and entertaining book, made so by the inclusion of some strange, quirky and just downright creepy old black and white photographs, which the story weaves around. The story is interesting enough to keep you going until the end, but I'd agree with the reviewer who has doubts about a sequel. I too think that this story has many original qualities that will obviously be much weaker in any sequel.

One other (minor) gripe - the author is American and sometimes describes the Welsh island inhabitants as "taking a piss" when he actually means "taking THE piss". It's quite a glaring difference which could have been easily checked and corrected, but there you go… Read more
The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
You know how sometimes you read a book you REALLY enjoy, and then you recommend it to everybody and anybody? This is why I'm writing this review.

'The Lonely Polygamist' is original, funny, interesting, sad and has a twist in the middle that is one of those rare ones that you don't see coming or guess part-way through. The book has some fantastic characters in it (as another reviewer mentions, there are numerous characters but there is a handy family tree reference at the beginning of the book, and for the most part, I did remember who was who as the book progressed as obviously some characters feature more than others.) Everyone I've lent my copy to has also thoroughly enjoyed… Read more