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Stress City : A Fairytale Gone Wrong by Emer Bruce
I was approached by the author of this book to read it and give and give an honest review.

It was a book I enjoyed immensely and I am liking more and more the fantasy type books and seem to be reading more of them. The book started out without any fantasy aspect that I could see, with people simply getting on with their everyday lives (even if some of them seem a little on the exaggerated form).

It then very quickly changed from quite a slow moving first few chapters which set the scene and location of the rest of the book whilst hinting at previous problems that the town and its inhabitants had experienced to the introduction of witches, living dolls and other… Read more
The Woman Who Walked Into Doors by Roddy Doyle
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2.0 out of 5 stars Grim Reading, 20 Jan 2014
I can't make my mind up about this book or not as to whether I enjoyed it. The story was depressing - about an alcoholic woman who is beaten frequently by her husband. It chops and changes from the past to the present describing her life before meeting her husband and after, almost trying to explain why he is like he is and why he committed certain crimes. I feel as though she blamed her past on why she is like she is and accepts no culpability for it, as this is all due to other people and the way she was brought up. In the same sense she doesn't seem to be able to accept responsibility for her drug addict son either. There is no happy ending in this book (although I am not sure there… Read more
Possession: A Romance (Vintage 21st Anniv Editions&hellip by A S Byatt
3.0 out of 5 stars Still Not Sure..., 20 Jan 2014
I read this to see what all of the hype was about and initially I couldn't see it. I found myself skimming through chapters and passages and I occasionally couldn't see when it had changed time zones. However, I am writing this a few weeks after finishing it and I find that the story remains with me and in my opinion that is the sign of a good book. The story was interesting in places but at times it was tedious and I found many of the characters unlikeable, greedy and self-serving. The plot line was initially very simple, but then developed many layers which were difficult to keep track of in places. The language was very emotive and I think this is what stayed with me rather than the… Read more