S. Icken

Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (30 of 34)
Location: London, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,333,312 - Total Helpful Votes: 30 of 34
Espresso Tales: The Latest from 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Well, it looks as though the commute is doing its job because suddenly I am falling behind in my blogging, as opposed to my reading. I've finished two books in the past week and, thus far, haven't found time to write about them. Therefore there might be a kind of double feature thing going on here.. that is, if I don't fall asleep first (hey, I have to get up early!).

I know I said I would try to wait to read Alexander McCall Smith's Espresso Tales until a trip to Edinburgh was on the horizon. But with a new job and no holiday time in sight, as well as a fairly depleted bank balance, I decided to take the plunge.

To give the author his due, when I saw the novel… Read more
The Abortionist's Daughter by Elisabeth Hyde
The Abortionist's Daughter by Elisabeth Hyde
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Okay, well I didn't exactly do the catching up I expected to do the other night. But it wasn't so much out of laziness, as out of writer's block in regards reviewing Elisabeth Hyde's The Abortionist's Daughter. I initially saw this novel advertised by that literary duo (yeah right) Richard & Judy because it is part of their 'Summer Reads' promotion. Although I have enjoyed a couple of R&J endorsed books ( Lovely Bones, The Time Traveller's Wife ), they don't particularly strike me as the most trustworthy of critics; plus, the term 'Summer Read' really puts me off because it connotates mindless reading on a beach in Spain.

So you could say the odds were stacked up against this… Read more
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Needle In A Haystack, 17 Sep 2006
Marina Lewycka's A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian couldn't have been published at a better time. The announcement that Romania and Bulgaria are set to join the EU as early as next year has brought about a deluge of articles damning Easten European immigrants. Nonetheless, this amazing novel has been on the Guardian Books Bestseller List for weeks and won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize at the 2005 Hay literary festival. Obviously the tabloid scaremongering isn't working as well as they'd hoped.

Narrated by Nadezhda, a university sociology lecturer and the daughter of Ukrainian émigré Nikolai, ASHOTIU explores the Mayevska family's struggle after… Read more

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