In One Word

In One Word, Stormswept by Helen Dunmore is…

Immersive I never knew there was a fifth Ingo novel nor had I expected to find it by chance in a charity shop. Morveren is a pretty good main character - selfless but prone to act on emotion rather than logic. Malin is a bit of a cipher but the other characters feel very real.… Continue reading In One Word, Stormswept by Helen Dunmore is…

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In One Word

In One Word, The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan is…

Marvellous My first listen and second re-read of this book. Let's see if it's as good as I remember. Alternate history of England is fascinating and the world building is very well paced. Really good main character - Elizabeth has an excellent backstory and character - careful enough to stay out of trouble but always… Continue reading In One Word, The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan is…

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In One Word, The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell is…

Disappointing Do my relatives know my taste well enough to pick out a good book? They got it right last Christmas so the odds are good. Incredibly atmospheric writing – I can almost smell the mould and the murk. Sarah is being set up as the villain of the game at first. I was sure… Continue reading In One Word, The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell is…

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In One Word, Sycthe by Neal Shusterman is…

Intriguing Interesting world building. It seems too much like a utopia with everyone rationalising the world’s faults like Herland at first. Thank goodness that didn’t last long. Not a lot of differentiation between Citra and Rowan at first. I couldn’t even tell which was speaking at one point and there was more telling than showing… Continue reading In One Word, Sycthe by Neal Shusterman is…

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In One Word, The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson is…

Wonderful Well-developed main characters – I love Vin in particular – and a well-developed world. Only too easy to slip back into the world after a long break, even if the story is a little complex and I can’t remember who half these characters are. Never allowed to get too complacent – always another twist… Continue reading In One Word, The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson is…

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In One Word, The Last Wish by Andrezj Sapkowski is…

Surprising So, I never really got into the video game so I wonder if the books will be any easier. Usefully tying the stories together with ‘The Voice of Reason’ Retelling of classic fairy tales? Always a pleasure. Pity that the author’s actions towards CD Projekt Red soured my opinion of the books Renfri or… Continue reading In One Word, The Last Wish by Andrezj Sapkowski is…

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In One Word, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is…

Relevant Ray Bradbury must have had a time machine stashed away Eerily resonant with today’s society Love Clarisse and she deserved better Excellent that Beatty isn’t the classic corrupt leader, just a man who looked into the abyss and blinked Vapid desensitised citizens are just as bad as totalitarian governments Am torn between exasperated and… Continue reading In One Word, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is…

In 100 Words or Less, Reviews

In 100 Words or Less: The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

I could not follow this book at all. I thought I’d left literary books behind when I stopped taking English Literature classes. I know it’s intelligent in some way. But I was just struggling so much to follow the characters and the story that I just couldn’t divine the meaning half the time. I could… Continue reading In 100 Words or Less: The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

In 100 Words or Less, Reviews

In 100 Words or Less: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I’d heard so many good things about this book. Halfway through, it was living up to my expectations. The world-building was brilliant. I could have stayed in Brimstone’s shop all day. Then, it had to include a forbidden romance. The book went off the rails. I lost interest. I won’t be continuing the series. Recommend… Continue reading In 100 Words or Less: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

In 100 Words or Less, Reviews

In 100 Words or Less: This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

Okay, quick explanation before I start. I am very conscious of the fact that this blog is rather content-light. It's mostly book tags and reblogs with very little original content. The trouble is, I've packed my life with so much that I don't really have the time between my other projects to do what I'd… Continue reading In 100 Words or Less: This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay