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Books I have read in 2010, part 2

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The Lacuna
The Lacuna
"Readable, but a little slow and the protagonist is not so interesting."
Electricity
Electricity
"Entertaining and original, with a believable minor lesbian character, good to see."
True Story
True Story
"A clear attempt for the disgraced writer to restore his reputation, but fascinating all the same."
Deaf Sentence
Deaf Sentence
"Gently amusing, classically "British" humour."
Less Than Zero
Less Than Zero
"Who cares if "nothing happens" - this is like a fascinating bad dream. Twisted and massively entertaining."
The Rules of Attraction
The Rules of Attraction
"Enjoyed the previous Bret Easton Ellis novel so much that I went right out and got this one. Really good fun."
Asylum
Asylum
"Creepy, disturbed and ultimately chilling story of the obsessive love a mother has for a brutal killer."
Forgetting Zoe
Forgetting Zoe
"Technically impressive but I didn't enjoy this as much as the author's previous two novels."
Leer En Espanol - Lecturas Graduadas: LA Chica De Los Zapatos Verdes + CD (Leer en Espanol: Level 2)
Leer En Espanol - Lecturas Graduadas: LA Chica De Los Zapatos Verdes + CD (Leer en Espanol: Level 2)
"Entertaining little story for those beginning to learn Spanish, more interesting than some in this series as it's a short murder mystery."
Bright Lights, Big City
Bright Lights, Big City
"Compelling and surprisingly affecting narrative of 80s New York: one man struggles to get through difficulties with work, drugs and women."
Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years
Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years
"Not a tour de force, and strangely dark in places, but a good read."
Started Early, Took My Dog (Jackson Brodie)
Started Early, Took My Dog (Jackson Brodie)
"Immensely readable but Kate Atkinson gets yet more contrived here!"
American Psycho
American Psycho
"Flashes of brilliance, but the points the author wants to make are hammered home early on and the violence was too stomach-churning for me...!"
Giovanni's Room (Penguin Modern Classics)
Giovanni's Room (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Extremely well-written tale of forbidden love. The only real weakness is the main female character, who doesn't sound anything like a real woman!"
By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept
By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept
"Dazzling and yet I am still not sure if it is a fine piece of literature or just plain madness!"
Moon Tiger (Penguin Modern Classics)
Moon Tiger (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Claudia is not a likeable protagonist in my opinion and the Laszlo character an afterthought that added little for me, but this is a great book about the sweeping reaches of our lives."
The Vulture
The Vulture
"Starts well but ends quite limply. The murder mystery element is not satisfyingly resolved."
Sunset Park
Sunset Park
"Paul Auster is always readable, but why does everyone love the Miles Heller character and forgive him everything. I loved the ending, though."
Freedom
Freedom
"Readable for the most part but heavy-going and heavy-handed in places. Disappointing ending. I enjoyed "The Corrections" more."
The Successor
The Successor
"A real grower that starts out slow and improves significantly (although the ending is a little too signposted). Loved the passages from the daughter's point of view - so real."
A Spot of Bother
A Spot of Bother
"Decidedly poor sub-soap opera meanderings that breaches the "show, don't tell" rule on every page. Utterly predictable, poorly-written and not recommended. A real disappointment."
Small Island
Small Island
"Compelling and moving story of Jamaicans moving to London and realising the streets are not paved with gold... One convenient coincidence has to be forgiven; the ending is devastating!"
A Judgement In Stone
A Judgement In Stone
"Totally readable, a real page-turner and thought-provoking in places. Rendell writes great crime stories, pure and simple."