Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Review: Hunger by Knut Hamsun

Just too rambling and aimless for me, I never get on too well with "literary fiction" unless it has a story and 44 pages in I didn't want to wait any longer for the story to start!

Monday, 29 January 2018

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

I'd seen the film a couple of times and really liked it so I had high hopes for this and on the whole it didn't disappoint. My only complaint was that all the action was right at the end and seemed to happen in a bit of a blur. I really enjoyed the build up as Tris went through her training and the world was explored so I had a good idea of how it all worked together. Hopefully Insurgent won't be a typical middle book and will build on this good foundation.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Review: The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia by Michael Booth

Now that does seem like a very unfair score but when I don't finish a book I can't justify more than 1 star. I did get halfway through this and it was interesting and funny, the problem was that the subject being tackled was hugely broad and this just felt like a rambling journey and one man's opinion of Scandinavia (Booth does live in Denmark but he is not actually Danish). Non-fiction that isn't historical doesn't tend to hold my interest for long so he should be applauded for getting me to page 187 before giving up, perhaps I just needed more Vikings!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Review: Thirteenth Night by Alan Gordon

This wasn't badly written and it was moving along at an alright pace, it just didn't grab me, what's the point in making myself read something when my to read list has lots of books on it I know I would rather be spending my time on. Personal taste not a reflection on the book at all.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Review: Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding

I don't really think chick lit is my thing but this was alright. It's showing it's age a bit now, I kept reading 1471 as one thousand four hundred and seventy one! Still laugh out loud funny in parts though, the film was better.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Review: House of Shadows by The Medieval Murderers

I enjoyed these short stories, some more than others. I liked the overarching story of the monastery and thought all the mysteries were unique so it wasn't too repetitive. Looking forward to trying the rest of the series.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Review: Authority by Jeff VanderMeer

I really thought I would like this book, I liked the first book and found the mystery interesting but this time around I'm just getting bored. This book is longer than the first and the pace is much slower, it doesn't help that some of the writing I'm really struggling to follow. It's not a bad book it's just not for me.