Daphne the WonderCat

"Daphne the WonderCat"
Fluffy. Despite appearances, reads a lot. Also kills mice a lot.
Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (87 of 101)
Location: The sofa, London


Top Reviewer Ranking: 134,265 - Total Helpful Votes: 87 of 101
A Commonplace Killing by Siān Busby
A Commonplace Killing by Siān Busby
65 of 70 people found the following review helpful
Sian Busby's final book is a tremendous achievement both as a novel and as an example of what an indomitable spirit can achieve. First, the book itself: it's a very good read, with a strong narrative and a stronger sense of place and time: north London, as tatty and battered as its inhabitants immediately after the end of the war. The body of a woman is found on wasteland, the police investigating wearily assume it's a sexual assault that went wrong. But it turns out not to be the case, so who is the dead woman? A prostitute? If not, how did a "respectable" woman end up strangled?

Busby's characters are a bit squalid, like their physical surroundings; morally compromised (petty… Read more
Pocket Guide to Girl Stuff by Bart King
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Wow, now I know where I've been going wrong all these years and why I've remained single. I shouldn't have learned how to build a gaming PC, nor how to admininster an Exchange server. No, I should have learned my celebrity name and tried the "greatest, super-duper amazing diet of all time" (and how to abuse commas, it seems). I haven't been enough of a Girl! Thank you SO much for this book, which has helped me see the error of my ways! I just hope it's not too late for me to find my Prince Charming!
London Calling by Barry Miles
London Calling by Barry Miles
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This is a great subject to write about and I'd love to see it done by someone whose writing would do it justice. This book is, disappointingly, plodding rather than thrilling, and marred in parts by the author going off on side rants. For example, I don't think he likes the BBC much, as he wastes no opportunities to castigate it for being dreary, late and for not keeping old footage of early pop programmes - all valid criticisms, but the rants sit oddly in what is otherwise a fairly pedestrian trudge through the history of London's counterculture.

The book lacks pace, the narrative drags in places and characters fail to come alive. What should be the author's unique advantage -… Read more

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