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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too simple and weird, 31 Mar 2014
Story about a childhood, remembered by 47-year old narrator, returning to his hometown and remembering when he was 7 years old. In a way, book catches feeling of being a child, of fears and imagination. However, narration is too simple, story too weird in most places and it drags too long (despite being only couple of hundred of pages). I now found out this was meant to be a short story and was expanded into novel and it explains some things.
New Europe by Michael Palin
New Europe by Michael Palin
I liked Palin's Brazil very much. It presented a country in very various and lively way, it made me start saving money for my next long vacation to be there - and not visit only Rio and Sao Paolo. So, I bought this one quickly after.

There are few problems with a book. As I lived in "New Europe", I presume is the first one. There is not much new revealed to me, and I don't think only of ex-Yugoslavia, but also of Bolgaria, Romania and Baltic country, which I have not visited yet. Despite being 120+ days around, he did not manage to show countries in interesting ways, as he did for Brazil.

Second problem is repetitiveness, especially from political point of… Read more
Death And The Penguin (Panther) by Andrey Kurkov
A satiric story set in Kiev, Ukraine in 90s and following local author, turned to newspapers obituaries writer, through post-Soviet changes. He is making it through life accompanied by a penguin he got from Kiev Zoo, when it gave away animals as it could not feed them anymore.

Idea is very strong and atmosphere of grey Kiev, combined with grey life of main character, is excellent. You can understand his weak feelings - even when things start going well, he is not enjoying life, a company, his work... Everyhing seems bit pointless and days just drift by... Unfortunately, Kurkov drifts off in the middle, losing a story in its pointlessness.

Still, 4 stars.

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