Returned Unfinished

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I used to make it a point of principle that I finished every book I started. It seemed wrong to not see books through to the bitter, boring, heavy or miserable end. Reading… Continue reading

‘Rupture’ by Ragnar Jonasson – Watch out, it’s contagious!

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If you’ve read my reviews of Snow Blind, Night Blind and Black Out you’ll know that if anything was going to test my book-buying ban, Rupture (translated by Quentin Bates), the latest edition of Ragnar Jónasson’s… Continue reading

‘I want (vahnt) to be alone.’

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I think anyone who wears tippy-tippy-clicky-clacky heels and works in a building with  hard floors should be smeared in jam and given a hat made out of a wasps’ nest. That’ll make them… Continue reading

Knausgaard vs Battenberg: it’s too close to call.

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It was my birthday last week, and as well as having a fabulous time and being spoiled rotten, some of my presents were books – woohoo! The best thing about being bought books… Continue reading

Personally, I’m more the shape of a butternut squash.

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I want you to read The Reader on the 6:27, and so this is review without spoilers. Therefore, it’s also a review that’s not likely to make much sense, but I’m hoping it will… Continue reading

#AW80Books – When half of a quiet American isn’t quite enough

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I’ve been meaning to break my Graham Greene duck for a long time so I was delighted when The Quiet American was picked as my bookgroup’s book choice for last month. Also, it gives… Continue reading

The kid is not alright

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Hooray! An Ian McEwan novel that didn’t make me cry. Although, I’ve now realised that’s not necessarily a good thing. Yes, it’s well written, the prose is engaging, etc, but at no point… Continue reading

Where are you hiding, Umberto Eco?

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Much as I’m currently enjoying my foray into Nordic Noir, I’m starting to think ahead and plan my reading for the next few months. I’ll be heading off to a family wedding in… Continue reading

It’s raining books!

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…Hallelujah! It’s raining books,  hallelujah! I’m gonna go out, I’m gonna let myself get, seriously bruised and possibly concuuusssssed!!*   *Yeah, it falls apart there.  There’s no umbrella strong enough to handle a… Continue reading

#AW80Books: ‘The Man Who Went Up in Smoke’ by Sjowall & Wahloo

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It’s been a while since I read the first novel by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, Roseanna, and as I’ve abandoned myself to my current craving for crime, I thought I’d dig out the… Continue reading