K. Symes

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 84% (67 of 80)
Location: UK
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 184,193 - Total Helpful Votes: 67 of 80
Les Miserables (Classics) by Victor Hugo
Les Miserables (Classics) by Victor Hugo
The main reason I started reading this book was because I'd seen the stage production, and didn't feel I really understood why Javert killed himself. For the first 40 pages or so, I wondered if it was going to be a bit of a slog to get to the end, as it begins with a detailed study of the character of the bishop, who plays a tiny (though crucial) role in the stage musical. Then, however, it takes off, and becomes as much of a page-turner as any modern book I can think of. Hugo reveals a profound understanding of how someone's character is formed and shaped throughout their lives by circumstance, chance events and meetings as much as by innate temperament. Highly recommended.
The Red House by Mark Haddon
The Red House by Mark Haddon
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
For all I know, this could be a wonderful book. But I am never going to find out because I hated reading it so much I couldn't get past the second page. Why? Instead of speech marks, we have italics. The result is that it doesn't flow, and you're never sure who's speaking, or whether they're just thinking. Deeply disappointed as I'd been looking forward to a good read.
Dark Matter by Michelle Paver
Dark Matter by Michelle Paver
5.0 out of 5 stars Very scary, 9 Mar 2013
This book ought to carry a warning that it is not to be read by anyone who has ever had sleep problems or a fear of the dark. I haven't really, and I don't believe in anything supernatural. And yet, Michelle Paver convinced me I did have something to worry about: by page 200, I was so terrified, I didn't know whether to finish the book. Even the sight of the outer cover from across the room unsettled me.

The story is set in the late 1930's and concerns an expedition by a group of young men to the Arctic. One of them gets isolated, and the bulk of the book is made up of his diary, penned during his weeks alone in the Polar night. The plot is a slow-burner, with just the right… Read more