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Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,381,433 - Total Helpful Votes: 92 of 134
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 9 April 2007
Quite often when people write about the bland normality of everyday life they don't hit the mark and it becomes pretentious rubbish. Not so in this case, the little everyday things that we all do and see are described to perfection. It also lets you see the special moments in every day, that make it worthwhile. They are nothing spectacular, it's the little things. Relationships are also acutely observed and portrayed and the characters are real and absolutely come alive. I have such a vivid mental picture from this story.

I would urge anyone to buy this book I really would, it shines throughout with a little sparkle every now and then. If nobody speaks of remarkable things then… Read more
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This book is a fabulous satire on upwardly mobile, shallow yuppies. Its sarcastic and ironic humour had me laughing till I nearly cried. It really tears into those who are materialistic above all else and makes them look ridiculously foolish. The worst thing is I know, and I'm sure everyone knows, people exactly like this. Pat Bateman is an excellent character, a perfectly normal, arrogant, irritating businessman by day and an absolute lunatic on his own time. Be warned, the violence is hideous, truly horrific and if you don't have a strong stomach then don't read this. I feel strange saying this given how bad the violence is but it seems like the perfect balance to Pat's consumerism and… Read more
Great Expectations (Penguin Classics) by Charles Dickens
34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
I have a handful of books I can read over and again and this is top of the list, it may even be my desert island choice. The descriptive passages are wonderful and the characters are so richly painted. Pip and Joe is the best relationship - some funny moments, sad moments and some really heartbreaking moments. Every time I get to the part where Pip thinks he is too good for Joe and Joe irritates him it makes my skin crawl. Estella is a wonderful character, cruel, cold and twisted but not her fault and she ends up in a sad situation. Miss Havisham - a truly creepy lady, what an excellent creation. The story is fabulous with such a great ending - who would have thought? This book is… Read more

Wish List

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Dogger by Shirley Hughes
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