This was another that I bought on a whim. The first third reads a bit like a cheesey Radio 4 afternoon play (not that I listen to those but it’s how I imagine them to be).
However, as it goes on, it actually becomes a genuinely thought provoking and therapeutic piece of writing. It is nothing we haven’t already heard but putting brexit and its build-up into the context of people’s lives gives the whole sorry state of affairs a bit of flesh.
It doesn’t hold any answers necessarily but it is certainly an interesting read. Like many similar documentations however, the people that really need to read this sort of thing probably won’t.
I have a huge to read list at the moment. Every time I walk into Waterstones, there is very real danger of further purchases. Despite that, and having just read another Scandinavian thriller, I had a taste for it and didn’t feel like launching into anything I would have to think about too much.
This one got the nod. My verdict… average. It did the job and bridged that gap. The story was ok, the characters alright. I almost certainly will not be reading any more of the series though. There are far better books out there.
I really enjoyed the previous one in this series and so sought this one out to read again. The snowy setting meant I targeted it for the festive season. I liked this book but didn’t love it. Didn’t quite match the first one for me. The setting was a bit dreary and the actual story was quite limited and shallow when looking back on it.
Still, a decent read and I certainly didn’t hate it. I’ll read the next one.
This is one of those epics that stick with you. I had been told about this on the grapevine repeatedly by different people so I knew I’d end up reading it. It could stop a few doors such is its page count so it took a while but not once did it feel like it was dragging. A deeply philosophical piece or work that just keeps going and is the sort of book that could only be written by someone with some years behind them (although I think he may have been reasonably young when he wrote it?)
Either way, one of the real classics. Thoroughly recommend.
Having read The Magus, I knew how good a writer Fowles was. This book is no exception. Very different however. The plot is a sinister as it gets. Not a spot on The Magus, which I judge to be one of my all time favourites, but this was decent enough.
This was a long book. I have read other books on this subject that were a bit more focused and honestly, I think the author took on more than he could chew. It covers the entire depressing saga and it lost something for doing so. The writing was a bit dry and formal. It jumped around a bit and overall could have been half as long and wouldn’t have lost anything. The subject, as ever, displays the deep flaws within humanity perfectly.
This was another impulse buy and I have to say, it was brilliant. Expertly written and the details of everyday life on such a ship really gave you a feel for the time. I loved imaging the scenery and adventure of it all and learnt a lot for the bargain.
Set during the war, I thought this would be great. It was an impulse buy that weasled its way into my list of books to read. I don’t necessarily regret that. The story was good enough and it was well written. No classic though.
This was a word of mouth recommendation. It was decent. Love the premise – group of survivors stuck in a Swiss hotel during a nuclear apocalypse. Wasn’t quite the murder mystery that I wanted though. That element was very light. Didn’t quite live up to the hype for me.
I like the title of this book more than anything else. It has the ring of a classic about it. Unfortunately the actual novel doesn’t quite match up. It is by no means bad though. Middle of the road at best I would say. Something to pass the time with.