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The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
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5.0 out of 5 stars a horrible histories for grown ups, 15 Jun. 2014
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Pacy, funny, fantastic... The story itself is built on accurate historical framework but the plot is so outrageous that in any hands other than Jonasson's, it would feel too silly to be believable. Anyway, stop reading my burbling and read the book!


The Half Brother
The Half Brother
by Lars Saabye Christensen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the hype, 28 Mar. 2014
This review is from: The Half Brother (Paperback)
There are some true moments of great writing in this saga, but they are too far apart, leaving a rather stodgy, unsatisfying read. I was past caring about all of the characters by the end, with little interest in what happened to any of them. Why it needs to meander through >700 pages is beyond me and this type of writing is done much better by lots of other people, e.g, Gerard Woodward, Donna Tartt and Jeffrey Eugenides to name but a few, plus Joyce Carol Oates


The Land of Decoration
The Land of Decoration
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5.0 out of 5 stars for anyone who has ever been a bit different, 27 Mar. 2014
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Life is tough enough for most kids who are brighter than average, but when you're extra odd because you have no mum, have been raised by a militant Jehovah's Witness of a father, plus have an overactive imagination that means you think you can make miracles happen, life is a labyrinth that appears to have no route to escape. Astonishing writing, the only thing I didn't like is it left me feeling a bit unworthy!


Her Giant Octopus Moment
Her Giant Octopus Moment
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not massively complex, but an interesting read all the same, 27 Mar. 2014
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This is somewhere between a summer beach read and something a bit more intellectually stimulating. What is outstanding, is that the author makes all the characters captivating, even those on the periphery and Scout is as fearsomely adorable as her Harper Lee namesake.


The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry
The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry
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4.0 out of 5 stars accomplished but sometimes lacking a bit of fizz, 14 Dec. 2013
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This book is exceptionally well written and paced, although descriptions sometimes become a little self-indulgent. An astounding piece of human observation, but doesn't always need to try so hard.


The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

5.0 out of 5 stars Forrest Gump meets Waiting for God, 10 Dec. 2013
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Breathtakingly brilliant, defying any genre. Requires an open mind and a strong sense of humour. History as you've never seen it.


The Carrier: Culver Valley Crime Book 8
The Carrier: Culver Valley Crime Book 8
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Woeful, 20 Aug. 2013
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I like Sophie Hannah books quite a lot, mainly because they don't necessarily need to be read in sequence, I enjoy the mind games that sets them apart from the more common-or-garden police procedurals and none of the characters are ever too perfect.

However, in The Carrier, Sophie Hannah (or her editor) has completely lost her touch. Firstly, her use of letters between the characters in the narrative is pedestrian and clumsy. They all read as though Sophie Hannah has written them, not the characters themselves, there is limited difference between the voices used. This problem with indistinct voice reoccurs when she switches narrator between chapters.

Secondly, while we all like a flawed hero, and as mentioned above, it is one of the reasons I like her books, she goes too far the other way with pushing the flaws. In terms of Gaby, one of the central characters, Hannah pushes the point too often about her transience and intellect. As for the Jose couple, that never really lifts off the page.

The book starts badly, loses its way in the middle and fizzles at the end like a damp squib. Cannot recommend.


The Home Cookbook
The Home Cookbook
by Monty Don
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 9 Oct. 2011
This review is from: The Home Cookbook (Hardcover)
I liked the idea of many of the recipes, so I tried a few from it. The amounts seem a little arbitrary, but that's ok for rustic cooking - except where baking is concerned. The Welsh Cakes dough is so wet to be unmanageable.


Accused (A. Scott Fenney)
Accused (A. Scott Fenney)
by Mark Gimenez
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 15 Sept. 2011
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Firstly, Rebecca Feeney needs a smack in the head with a concrete block. Secondly, i'm glad she didn't get one else I would have missed out on the best legal procedural novel since i discovered they existed. Solid plot, wonderful characterisation and an added bonus of comedy sidekicks in Louis and Carlos, especially when they are learning to surf. All I hope is that someone somewhere is going to make a film of it,

You will like this book if you like his Colour of Law book. You will like it if you weren't keen on his other books like me because they lacked a sense of humour. You will like it if you like any John Grisham.


These Things Hidden
These Things Hidden
by Heather Gudenkauf
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Turgid tripe, 15 Sept. 2011
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For this book to be even halfway credible, clearly only about 16 people live in the town it is set. I bought it based on the good reviews I read. I now want to start a charity providing proper books for anyone who thinks this book has any merit beyond kindling.
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