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Snowdrops by A. D. Miller
Snowdrops by A. D. Miller
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The title - and the colloquial Muscovite meaning of the word 'Snowdrop' - drew me to this book expecting a suspense-filled crime thriller. What we actually get is quite a humdrum and lacklustre story inspecting two tiers of the prevalent criminality and corruption in Moscow - property theft and corporate fraud. Saying that, the more metaphorical definition of the word 'snowdrop' - a process of self-realisation - is well done.

The author depicts Moscow superbly and you feel the terrible cold in your bones, and see the variety of people from petty gangsters to beautiful predatory women to stoic elderly remnants of a collapsed empire. There are plenty of pithy lines which really… Read more
Boys for Beginners by Lil Chase
Boys for Beginners by Lil Chase
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so funny, 22 Sep 2011
I laughed out loud so many times reading this book. It's such a convincing of the teenage years, with all the bitchiness, heartbreak and embarrassment. Gywnnie, the central character, is a tomboy who has to ditch her football and X-box (and distance herself from some of her real friends) on a quest to go out with the new boy at school. She's such a warm character that even while she's making stupid mistakes, you love her fot it. There are some great villains too!

Can't wait to read Lil Chase's next book.
Dark Matter by Michelle Paver
Dark Matter by Michelle Paver
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars spooky and thrilling, 16 Nov 2010
The set-up for this ghost story is economical and effective - a working class young man drawn onto a polar expedition with three upper-class gentleman explorers. The sense of dread builds slowly through throwaway comments and strange events recorded in diary format. Several bits were really quite chilling, and the silent figure whom the protagonist witnesses in Gruhuken reminds one very much of The Woman in Black or The Turn of the Screw. The descriptions of the Arctic landscape are superb. My only quibble is that this is a very short book which felt slightly rushed: the protagonist's psychology hints at much rich texture which is unexplored - his past, his sexuality - and there was room… Read more