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The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler
The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Basic Eight is not a book to be read lightly. Under no circumstances should anyone be tempted into reading this tale by Mr Handler by the presumption that it will bear a resemblance to those lovely children's stories he writes as Mr Snicket. While his famous Unfortunate Events stories are known for their rare darkness in tales aimed at minors, The Basic Eight comes from a place far more fundamentally dark and disturbing. The Basic Eight is one of those rare and delightful books that requires the reader to invest in the text and to give as well as, possibly as *much* as to take away from it.
The plot of the story revolves around high school student Flannery Culp and her closest… Read more
Baggage: My Childhood by Janet Street-Porter
Baggage: My Childhood by Janet Street-Porter
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting..., 17 Dec 2004
In 'Baggage: My Childhood', Janet Street-Porter tells the story of her upbringing from a self-confessed snobbish point of view. Disconnected from the rest of her family, the tedium of growing up in suburbia and the resulting frustration is evident.
This autobiography has been much slated, mainly on the grounds that readers can find little wrong with the way the young Janet Bull was raised. However, with a little thought, it is possible to realise that despite the new house with an indoor toilet and separate rooms for both daughters, and the luxuries of piano lessons and similar, that parents can still make a child's life entirely miserable.
The most amusing remembrances come… Read more
Report for Murder (A Lindsay Gordon mystery) by Val McDermid
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a beginning, 8 July 2004
If you're interested in beginning to read the works of Val McDermid, this is not a book I'd recommend you start with. This may sound somewhat strange advice, after all, where better to start than the beginning? However, it must be said that McDermid's later works are generally considered to be of a higher calibre than her earlier publications.
This aside, the Lindsay Gordon novels are still a gripping read. The writing isn't so mature, but the story lines are gripping enough for it to be passed over. As the first of the series, this book introduces Lindsay as a character and gives a brief background that is not fully built on until the fourth novel, Union Jack. From the off, it's… Read more

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