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My Own Summer, 2004

Ms. V. Hoyle
 
An Instance Of The Fingerpost
An Instance Of The Fingerpost
"Bountiful and erudite tale of death, deceit and discovery within the competitive intellectual community of 1660's Oxford."
Sacred Hunger
Sacred Hunger
"This book left me gasping - it was wonderful and challenging and ultimately memorable.  By far the best read of 2004."
The God of Small Things
The God of Small Things
"Felt like I was last to the party on this one, but on arrival found it enjoyable and moving, if slightly forced stylistically."
Earthly Joys
Earthly Joys
"Languid, pleasant and well-researched, with some tender examinations of early 17th C homosexuality."
To the Lighthouse
To the Lighthouse
"And it really is as good as they claim it is..."
The Wasp Factory
The Wasp Factory
"Visceral and disturbing portrait of a psychopath...but was I the only one who saw the plot revelation a mile away???"
Utopia (Penguin Classics)
Utopia (Penguin Classics)
"Thoroughly enjoyed this, and felt attracted and repulsed by its message."
The Divine Comedy 1: Inferno: Inferno. Parallel Text Vol 1
The Divine Comedy 1: Inferno: Inferno. Parallel Text Vol 1
"Again :-) Despite criticisms I really find this to be the most lucid translation."
North and South (Penguin Classics)
North and South (Penguin Classics)
"I used to like Gaskell more than Austen when I was younger; I've changed my mind since then, but N & S was good nostalgia reading."
King's Dragon (Crown of Stars, Book 1)
King's Dragon (Crown of Stars, Book 1)
"Infuriatingly bad in places, and full of bland cliche. Still I finished it, and I'd read the sequel/s if anyone cared to donate it/them free of charge?"
Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf
"Spent a good month note-taking from Lee and loved every second - this is classy biographical writing."
The Construction of Social Reality
The Construction of Social Reality
"Rewarding foray into the world of modern philosophy (v. daunting). Tis a good job he repeats things 40 times."