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Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
Lanagan's Tender Morsels is a quite extraordinary novel. Part fairytale, part fable and part social commentary, this book manages to appal and appeal in equal measure.

A life of incest, rape and enforced abortion has been the lot of Liga, who ultimately finds herself living with her two daughters in a sort of parallel world of safety and kindness. The real world begins to intrude, however, and in the end, Liga - and her daughters - must face up to this reality, finding in the process that, along with the dangers and pains of human existence, there is also real warmth, love and emotion.

Lanagan's writing is both spare and descriptive, and, while not over-indulgent,… Read more
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy 1) by Deborah Harkness
276 of 294 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tea and Yoga, 2 Dec 2011
I really, really wanted to like this book.

I thought Twilight was utterly appalling, so when I saw the review on the cover of this book that said something along the lines of "The thinking person's Twilight", I thought, hurray!! An intelligent, well-plotted, well-characterised fantasy with elements of a supernatural romance - just the thing for cold evenings by the fire. Sadly, I don't feel that the book really delivered on any of these fronts. The premise seemed interesting - a mysterious manuscript that supernatural creatures want to get their hands on is called up by the novel's heroine, a witch named Diana. A dishy vampire - the hero, Matthew - sees the danger she is in… Read more
Breaking Dawn: Twilight, Book 4: 4/4 (Twilight Sag&hellip by Stephenie Meyer
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
We could go through this appalling book page by page and end up with a criticism almost as long as the book itself. I need a rant but I'll try to curtail it a bit at least.

Given her lack of interests, ambitions or conversation, it remains an utter mystery as to why all the other characters in these books just love Bella Swan, but smitten they are. She's at her irritating best in this book.

Bella has spent a lot of her time in this series being carried about or rescued, having fainted or fallen or had some other unlikely mishap. In this particular book she is even more than usually frail due to an impossible (don't get me started on the "science"… Read more