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Fiction for Christmas 2011

Patrick "patrick612"
 
The Redbreast: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 1)
The Redbreast: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 1)
"Ghostly WW2 thriller by this Norwegian pretender to the Larsson crown."
Jamrach's Menagerie
Jamrach's Menagerie
"Rip-roaring Victorian era saga that doesn't take itself too seriously. Good fun."
I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan
I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan
"There's something almost sadistic in the comedy of Partridge's delusions, but, along with David Brent, AP must be one of the finest comic characters of our age."
Pigeon English
Pigeon English
"Convincing boy's-eye-view of growing up in Africa."
The Help
The Help
"Boosted by the recent (slightly workaday) movie, this is a very engaging look at the civil rights era from a female p.o.v."
The Einstein Girl
The Einstein Girl
"Classy historical thriller: unsettling, unpredictable and completely convincing."
Twilight: Twilight, Book 1 (Twilight Saga)
Twilight: Twilight, Book 1 (Twilight Saga)
"This was the book that started the young adult vampire craze. A 'will they, won't they?' story with fangs."
Into the Darkest Corner
Into the Darkest Corner
"Impressive debut thriller about domestic violence (sort of). Not exactly Festive, but ..."
War Horse
War Horse
"Great animal p.o.v. story from a former children's laureate, about the Great War."
The Glass Room
The Glass Room
"A novel that offers fascinating cultural insights into a fascinating country at the crossroads of Europe."
Half Blood Blues
Half Blood Blues
"Black jazz musicians in Europe at the outbreak of WWII. A little by-the-numbers, but full of interesting detail."
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1)
"First in this lurid Swedish crime series with a social message built in."
When God was a Rabbit
When God was a Rabbit
"Somewhat rambling coming-of-age tale, entirely devoid of grit, but with some enjoyable touches of humour."
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler's Wife
"Love and involuntary time travel: a winning combination, even if the book does have its dull patches."
Revolutionary Road
Revolutionary Road
"Expert dissection of what it means to "settle down" given a new lease of life by the recent movie. Far from uplifting, but very well done."
The Tiger's Wife
The Tiger's Wife
"Rich, if flawed tale, of the Balkans in World War II, that uses the familiar 'dual period' structure better than most."
Room
Room
"Adult books narrated (supposedly) by children have become rather fashionable, perhaps because modern readers like a naive narrator. This is a good example."
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
"A subtle, troubling introduction to the darker side of Europe's recent history."
Half of a Yellow Sun
Half of a Yellow Sun
"Good book for anyone with an interest in Africa and its troubles."
Three Cups Of Tea
Three Cups Of Tea
"Charming picture of life on one of the world's toughest frontiers. Recommended."
The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
"The better of the two Hosseini books: compelling if a little contrived."
Sister
Sister
"Intense debut about sisterly love, given a thriller gloss. Don't expect thrills."
When Money Dies: The nightmare of the Weimar Hyper-Inflation
When Money Dies: The nightmare of the Weimar Hyper-Inflation
"Fascinating account of the hyperinflation that gripped Weimar Germany and changed the course of history."
One Day
One Day
"Frothy but fun story taking a day a year for 20 years and showing how people (well, some people) change."
The Sense of an Ending
The Sense of an Ending
"Accessible and very short Booker winner. I enjoyed it, but not as much as I'd hoped to. Slightly a case of 'it's time he won,' I think."