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reviewed The Numbers Man. November 20, 2010
The Numbers Man
This is an entertaining if somewhat quirky book, the tale of one man's search for love on the net. It almost reads as autobiographical, but it is stated as fiction, so perhaps the reader can decide where …
reviewed The Forest of Hands and Teeth. August 22, 2010
The Forest of Hands and Teeth
This is a very entertaining novel; a poignant mix of love story and zombie horror story - unusual to say the least. Our heroes live as sheltered life as possible in a small village which is fenced off …
reviewed The Passage. August 05, 2010
The Passage
Justin Cronin's newest novel is a masterpiece.      The novel begins a few years into the future, where the military is experimenting with a virus which has the potential to prolong …
The Things That Keep Us Here
Carla Buckley has created a chilling story of domestic horror with her debut novel. The scenario is all too believable and topical - global pandemic of avian flu, and a family's struggles to remain in …
reviewed Johnny Porno. May 12, 2010
Johnny Porno
Much has been made of the plot by other reviewers here, so I won't re-hash it, and I have to admit that the title of the book gave me pause. I'm no prude, but do I really want to read a book about the …
The Real History of the End of the World:
This is rather a difficult book to classify, as I haven't read it as a history as such, but rather an interesting overview of how we human beings apparently have, throughout time, been patiently (or impatiently …
The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne
I have just finished "The Widow Cliquot" about Barbe-Nicole Cliquot, who when she became a widow (veuve) established the vineyard that became Veuve Cliquot, changed the way champagne was made and marketed, …
reviewed Climate of Uncertainty. April 20, 2010
Climate of Uncertainty
Other reviewers have made a lot of this interesting little book being a balanced view of climate change - what is clearly the hottest issue (excuse the pun) on the world stage for a long time. And it …
reviewed The Captive Queen. April 20, 2010
The Captive Queen
Alison Weir has written a very entertaining novel of the turbulent life that Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine spent together, ruling the greatest empire in Christendom.    She paints …
Seven-Tenths: Love, Piracy, and Science at Sea
David Fisichella's life took an interesting new direction when he met and fell in love with Amy, a physical oceanographer who also happened to be losing her sight. It is the story of their meeting and …
The Skinny on Success: Why not you?
This is a quirky little book, populated by stick figures who are desiring success, just like the rest of us. Compared to the others in this series, I feel that this is not the strongest, as the concept …
reviewed The Skinny On Credit Cards: How to Ma.... April 01, 2010
The Skinny On Credit Cards: How to Master the
This is a quirky little book, populated by stick figures who are, like many of us, burdened with a credit card. That innocuous little plastic card, which is so convenient and which allows us instant gratification. & …
reviewed The Skinny on Time Management: How to.... April 01, 2010
The Skinny on Time Management: How to Maximize
This is a quirky little book, populated by stick figures who like the rest of us, apparently have issues with time management. Thankfully its easy to read format, sound bite approach to the subject and …
The Skinny on Willpower: How to Develop Self
This is a quirky little book, populated by stick figures who are struggling with self discipline (probably much like the rest of us!) At first glance this seems a rather odd gimmick, however, perserverence …
reviewed The Real History Behind the Templars. March 23, 2010
The Real History Behind the Templars
This is an excellent and very readable history of the Templars of both reality and legend,    Sharan has a straightforward and very entertaining narrative style, and while she is quite …
reviewed Midnight in Madrid. January 11, 2010
Midnight in Madrid
This is a novel that is a great possibility - that is, it is a collection of very interesting topics - art theft and trafficing, global terrorism, displaced migrants and the ever interesting topic of …
reviewed Any Human Heart. November 17, 2009
Any Human Heart
This novel is a tour de force, a masterpiece not only of literature but an honest and astute observation of a man's life over the 20th century. It is beautifully written, and there are times when you …
reviewed The Zookeepers War. November 17, 2009
The Zookeepers War
Thi s book was released with some hype in Australia and there is no doubt that Mr Conte is a talented writer trying to paint the horror of war against the deprivations of the people living in Berlin and …
reviewed New York: The Novel. November 13, 2009
New York: The Novel
I should confess straight up that I am a big fan of Edward Rutherfurd and consider him a worthy successor to my favourite author James A Michener. For me, a hefty novel with generations of interesting …
reviewed The Ghost Trap. October 20, 2009
The Ghost Trap
There is no doubt that K. Stephens is a talented writer - her words are crisp and clear, and the images that she paints of the life of a Maine lobsterman are evokative of the difficult life they live.   &n …
reviewed Wolf Hall: A Novel. October 18, 2009
Wolf Hall: A Novel
Hilary Mantel has deserved to win the Booker with this magnificent novel. For someone interested in the history of Henry VIII and the ill fated Anne Boleyn, this is an absolute treat - a meticulously …
reviewed Why Diet and Exercise Fail: How Curre.... August 17, 2009
Why Diet and Exercise Fail: How Current Research
Everyone in Western Society seems obsessed with weight. There is no doubt that the ease of access to nutritionally empty foods and a decrease in activity has led to issues with weight gain for vast numbers …
reviewed Eastbound. July 21, 2009
Eastbound
The central protagonist of this interesting novel is Mark, a 20 something scientist of considerable skill and academic standing, a product of a migrant family who have imbued him with principles of hard …
reviewed Unscrambled Eggs. May 03, 2009
Unscrambled Eggs
Nadia Brown has given us 5 years of her life in prose - the disappointments, joys, expectations and concerns that have made up that time. The poems that she offers are quite different from other commercially …
reviewed The Hourglass of Souls. April 28, 2009
The Hourglass of Souls
James Cochrane has kept up the fast pace with his on-going adventures of Max, his Grandfather and his apparently fearless friend Cindy.     In this adventure poor Max, who has unleased …
reviewed The Wandering Heart. April 17, 2009
The Wandering Heart
If you are looking for a richly detailed and complex historical novel which will grab your attention and keep it, and have you pondering the central concepts long afterwards, this is it.     Lizzie …
reviewed Gray Apocalypse. April 14, 2009
Gray Apocalypse
"Gray Apocalypse" is an entertaining novel that uses as its central premise the notion that all the alien abduction theories of the last century are based in truth. Other reviewers have summarised the …
reviewed Hitler and Mars Bars. March 31, 2009
Hitler and Mars Bars
Many of the other reviewers have summarised the storyline, so I shall simply say that this is an entertaining, sad and sometimes poignant story of Erich, a German war orphan who travels to Ireland under …
reviewed Heart and Soul. February 17, 2009
Heart and Soul
It is always wonderful when a new Maeve Binchy book appears - fans of hers know that this is a golden opportunity to put your feet up, grab a warm drink and immerse yourself in the world that she provides …
reviewed Blueprint For Love. February 03, 2009
Blueprint For Love
This is a real holiday read, or for a time when you want some good old fashioned escapism.     Monya Clayton has given us an interesting and topical story line which addresses the …
reviewed Devil's Brood. November 11, 2008
Devil's Brood
Sensational is the only word for this book. Ms Penman is by far the most talented historical author of her generation - this book is meticulously detailed (the depth of historical research is astounding) …
reviewed Max and the Gatekeeper. November 11, 2008
Max and the Gatekeeper
Max is a rather typical young man who is sent off to spend the summer with a Grandfather that he barely knows, and as he sits on the bus brooding on this, he is resentful and angry. But in the grand tradition …
Learning Chinese The Easy Way: Read & Understand
I travel frequently to China, and have often asked Chinese colleagues how on earth the characters that we see today have developed over time. Looking at it from a Chinese perspective, I don't imagine …
The Matt Zander Journals
This is a very unusual book. It is written as a journal, or a diary if you prefer, and it has a "stream of conciousness" style that can be somewhat difficult to get into. However it is worth perservering …
reviewed Mystery of Everyman's Way. April 07, 2008
Mystery of Everyman's Way
This is an unusual novel, and it really isn't easy to categorise it - is it science fiction? Is it romance? What about the time travel twist? What it does offer, all of these questions about classification …
The Pirate And The Puritan
This is a stirring and interesting story of an unlikely love on the high seas.     The central character, our feisty heroine Mercy is a mute, and has been since the age of 11 - something …
reviewed No Blade of Grass. March 09, 2008
No Blade of Grass
I am a big fan of post apocolypse and alternative future fiction, and as this is a somewhat different type of disaster, I pounced on it with eager anticipation. The plot has been covered quite well by …
The World Ends in Hickory Hollow
I am a sucker for a good post apocolypse novel, and this more than satisfied my need for a story of survival against the odds. This is not a new novel as such - the author tells us in the introduction …
reviewed The List. February 09, 2008
The List
I bought this book thinking I was buying a supernatural thriller, perhaps with elements of horror thrown in, and if I was lucky, there would be some interesting legal footwork as well.    I …
reviewed The Religion: A Novel. January 10, 2008
The Religion: A Novel
I purchased this book with a great deal of anticipation. The knights flight for Malta is one of the greatest adventures of history, and the thought of a well researched and well told historical novel …
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