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A Year In The Merde
A Year In The Merde
by Stephen Clarke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.18

4.0 out of 5 stars A light but entertaining read, 27 Mar. 2009
This review is from: A Year In The Merde (Paperback)
As you can expect from the title this is no great literature. However, it's rather funny. You will appreciate this book if you are British and have spent time in France or if you are French and familiar with British culture.


Running With Scissors: A Memoir
Running With Scissors: A Memoir
by Augusten Burroughs
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Completely insane but interesting nonetheless, 27 Mar. 2009
The author writes about his unusual childhood, how his mother put him in the care of the dysfunctional and quirky (crazy really) family of a psychiatrist at the start of his puberty... You can't help but fear how much of this is a true account of Burroughs's childhood. Regardless, it's original and entertaining.


Instructions For Living Someone Else's Life
Instructions For Living Someone Else's Life
by Mil Millington
Edition: Paperback

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Original but not great, 23 Mar. 2009
The idea of a guy waking up 18 years ahead in the future after a boozy night is a brilliant one. However I did not like the style and missed Mil Millington's lighter and wittier prose. Furthermore, unless you read the summary at the back of the book there is very little indication that the action at the start of the book takes place in the eighties, which ruins the storyline a bit.
So far I have read " Things my girlfriend and I have argued about" and thought it was brilliant. Then "A certain chemistry" which was OK and rather funny at times. Then this one which left me non-plussed. Not sure I want to read anymore books by this author...
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Me Talk Pretty One Day
Me Talk Pretty One Day
by David Sedaris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of time, 19 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Me Talk Pretty One Day (Paperback)
What a let down, especially after reading all the raving reviews. I did not find this book funny in the least. Nor interesting. It's in a way similar to Augusten Burroughs' "Running With Scissors" except that this story felt forced. I could see the punchlines coming from miles away. The most painful part was when Sedaris tells of his stay in France and how he got bullied by a French teacher. While this could have been excellent comedy material, it left me completely cold .


A Certain Chemistry
A Certain Chemistry
by Mil Millington
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly entertaining, 4 Mar. 2009
This review is from: A Certain Chemistry (Paperback)
This is the story of an average writer who is struggling to write his next novel. His girlfriend is sweet and they seem to be having a nice life together. Until the hero gets contacted by a B-list soap opera celebrity who asks him to ghost-write her autobiography. This is when trouble starts as well as the hero is not insensitive to the lady's charms.... This is a light, harmless read which at one point made be burst out laughing on the train and I could not stop myself.


Alias Grace
Alias Grace
by Margaret Atwood
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.49

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, 4 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Alias Grace (Paperback)
I loved reading this book and generally Margaret Atwood's style. She's a great storyteller. Has Grace Sparks committed the murders she's accused of? Is she insane or extremely clever? The mystery keeps you going however I was a bit disappointed with the ending. It's based on a true story and contains a lot of information about daily life in the nineteeth century which I found interesting.


Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
by Susanna Clarke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and unusual, 4 Mar. 2009
I loved this book from the first page. It is quirky and funny at times. it is a book about magic and magicians who seem to evolve freely in the normal world amongst normal people. Quite a long read but it's like stepping into a supernatural world. A perfect book to read in a Scottish castle by the log fire with a glass of scotch on the table (if you get the chance).


Mr Golightly's Holiday
Mr Golightly's Holiday
by Salley Vickers
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring and pretentious, 4 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Mr Golightly's Holiday (Hardcover)
I stopped reading only after a few pages. It just did not do it for me. The style is heavy and the author is trying too hard at being funny
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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
by Jonathan Safran Foer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more approachable than Everything is Illuminated, 4 Mar. 2009
This is the story told by a 10 year old boy with an unusual personality, whose dad recently died in New York. He's on a mission to find information about a key he discovered in his closet and throughout his mission meets all sorts of interesting characters. It's sweet touching and funny at times. It made me cry . This is one of my favourite books. I absolutely loved it.


The Brooklyn Follies
The Brooklyn Follies
by Paul Auster
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Auster, 4 Mar. 2009
This review is from: The Brooklyn Follies (Paperback)
Again Auster takes you on a journey with his characters. For the duration of the book you live with them (or they live with you). I would not say it's his best but it still a highly enjoyable read, if you're into Auster.


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