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God's Own Country by Ross Raisin
God's Own Country by Ross Raisin
There is much more to Gods Own Country than black comedy. Raisin manages an incredible feat of balancing suspense and humour and it's great. To be simultaneously chilled and amused is a rare thing, but this book gives you both in equal measure.

Sam Marsdyke is a brilliant protagonist. A loner who lives on a remote farm in the Moors with his unloving parents, more at home with the sheep and the dogs than with other people. Kicked out of school for a violent act, you feel it is only a matter of time before something happens again. As the suspense ratchets, Sam's thoughts provide some hilarious commentaries on the society he lives outside of - whether it's the townsfolk, ramblers… Read more
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Penguin Modern Cl&hellip by Ken Kesey
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 25 Jan 2011
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest is a really great read.

To begin with it is disorientating. You are dropped straight into the totally unfamiliar environment of a mental asylum and have to work a bit to get your bearings - I know he's crazy, but how crazy...? I know she's mean, but how mean...? I know that much of what is described is in the mind of this strange narrator, but just how much...?

Very quickly you get immersed in it and it takes you for a hell of a ride. The tension builds and the story unfolds slowly but surely into an incredibly dramatic climax.

The cast of colourful characters all undergo major life-changing experiences, and it's really… Read more
The Singer by Cathi Unsworth
The Singer by Cathi Unsworth
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I wanted to like this book, and I really tried, but in the end I just had to give up.

The subject matter is good, the characters are ok and the story is really quite engaging, but the clunky prose is just exhausting to read. It lacks any charm or flow and feels pretty amateurish (and not in a capturing the raw diy punk ethos kind of way).

Maybe if I'd given it more time it would have redeemed itself, but at the half way point I was just finding it more and more boring.

I think, for me, the reason it fails as a book is that it takes itself far too seriously. If it was a light hearted romp then you could be more forgiving, but it has the tone of a heavyweight… Read more