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In One Word, The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde is…

Extensive Entering into this story with a recap - it's really needed at this point as, if I came into this cold like Lost in a Good Book, I would be completely at sea. Xenomania is hitting me hard in the Well of Lost Plots. I really want to dive in and explore all of… Continue reading In One Word, The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde is…

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In One Word, Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde is…

Elaborate Excellently catching us up quickly before throwing us back into a very familiar world of shallow PR hunting and corporate censorship. Landon is great and so is all of Thursday's family. I wish I had a Grandma like Granny Next. And I don't think I'll ever look at coincidences in the same way again.… Continue reading In One Word, Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde is…

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In One Word, The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde is…

Sophisticated So, I picked up the first three Thursday Next audiobooks in a sale and tried to go straight into the second one cold since I read this book a while back. It turns out that going into the second book cold gets me very lost so I decided to go back to this to… Continue reading In One Word, The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde is…

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In One Word, The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury is…

Innovational I like Bradbury and have heard good things about this from Extra Sci Fi so time to get another classic under my belt. Not the normal portrayal of Martians - there are hints of great technology and beautiful architecture but there's stronger hints of decay and stagnation. Ylla's marriage is the perfect example of… Continue reading In One Word, The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury is…

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In One Word, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer is…

Inadequate I wouldn't have continued with the Lunar Chronicles but the first three books were in an Audible sale so let's see if the series improves with time. Not really necessary to switch back to Prince Kai. This all could have been covered in news broadcasts. And, Cinder's back! And she's had to team up… Continue reading In One Word, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer is…

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In One Word, High Rise by J. G. Ballard is…

Awful A seemingly essential read that I need to form an opinion on so let's get into it. Well described descent from a seemingly respectable neighbourhood. The narrative style is decent even the characters aren't making a very good impression. Feeling more like fuddy-duddying than sharp social commentary at the moment. I'm finding it hard… Continue reading In One Word, High Rise by J. G. Ballard is…

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In One Word, His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik is…

Adorable A first for me - I've never read Naomi Novik before so I hope this is a good one. Deep world building, delving into the worth of a dragonet over an egg, the life cycle, the different breeds and attributes and how far they go back in human history. I love it and the… Continue reading In One Word, His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik is…

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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, 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…