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Hot fiction and hyped fiction

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Waiting for Sunrise
Waiting for Sunrise
"Wide-ranging and pleasantly written yarn about 1900s Vienna and the maelstrom of politics and ideas it played host to."
The Valley of Unknowing
The Valley of Unknowing
"Blackly comedic take of jealousy, murder, books and plumbing set in a decaying communist state. Delightful."
Bring Up the Bodies
Bring Up the Bodies
"Follow-up to the triumphant Wolf Hall and the mid-section of a Tudor trilogy."
The Lifeboat
The Lifeboat
"Edwardians adrift on a lifeboat in the North Atlantic. I couldn't help wondering who would eat who... though that's just me."
HHhH
HHhH
"Prize winning tale,  translated from French, about the Czech resistance in World War II."
Freedom
Freedom
"Rather unsatisfying follow-up by the author of 'The Corrections', peopled by selfish people and lacking its predecessor's sparkle. There are many fine passages, though."
The Chemistry of Tears
The Chemistry of Tears
"Polished all-rounded of a historical novel, low on thrills but rich in subtler qualities. Don't think he'll get a third Booker though..."
The Help
The Help
"Domestic servants' perspective on the civil rights struggle of the early 1906s. Good."
The Art of Fielding
The Art of Fielding
"Critics have rhapsodized over this traditional coming-of-age novel set on an American campus. Has been described as 'Franzen lite'. The US public have been divided on it."
Before I Go To Sleep
Before I Go To Sleep
"Interesting premise, decent plot, weak characters and less than sparkling prose. Worth reading if the premise grabs you."
One Day
One Day
"Pleasant story of growing up and growing apart spanning the years."
Skippy Dies
Skippy Dies
"Irish boarding school shenanigans explored at length. Fun for the most part, if somewhat lacking in charm."
The Fever Tree
The Fever Tree
"Much fancied debut about Colonial era South Africa, with a dash of romance to boot."
The Snow Child
The Snow Child
"This take is rich in grief, snowy landscapes and the poignantly fantastical. But is it really enchanting, or silly and mawkish?"
Capital
Capital
"London society given the Big Novel treatment: patchy but with nice touches."
Half of a Yellow Sun
Half of a Yellow Sun
"Great African epic. Some mannerisms but otherwise very satisfying."
Alone in Berlin (Penguin Modern Classics)
Alone in Berlin (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Revived 1940s novel about a doomed anti-Hitler protest, based on a true story. Not easy reading."
The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry
The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry
"Over-hyped debut about one man's hair-brained pilgrimage across England. Unlikely indeed."
The Lacuna
The Lacuna
"Dense but interesting tale of divided loyalties in the USA & Mexico, set during the McCarthy period."
The Road
The Road
"A good post-apocalytpic tale given new legs by a good movie adaptation. This is a world where crops don't grow any more. Lets hope it isn't more prophetic than we know....!"
The White Woman on the Green Bicycle
The White Woman on the Green Bicycle
"Pleasantly affecting of 1950s Trinidad in which a European couple marriage is threatened by secrets from the past. Soap opera touches don't spoil the overall enjoyment."