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paul_ie86 -> Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (30/11/2012 1:31:44 AM)

List all the books you've read this year here. This includes all fiction and non-fiction including plays, poetry and comics and anything I'm not thinking of.




Rhubarb -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (30/11/2012 1:35:42 AM)

Are you allowed to do this still?




Gimli The Dwarf -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (30/11/2012 6:51:37 AM)

Maybe I'll reach double figures this year!

1. A Storm Of Swords - George R.R. Martin
2. A Game Of Thrones - George R.R. Martin
3. A Clash Of Kings - George R.R. Martin
4. A Feast For Crows - George R.R. Martin
5. A Dance With Dragons - George R.R. Martin
6. The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists - Gideon Defoe
7. Twilight - Stephenie Meyer




elab49 -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (30/11/2012 9:26:47 AM)

Um, should we have a back-up thread just in case? [sm=whistle.gif]




matty_b -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (30/11/2012 10:22:25 AM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Rhubarb

Are you allowed to do this still?


quote:

ORIGINAL: elab49

Um, should we have a back-up thread just in case? [sm=whistle.gif]


[:D]

Asking for trouble, people.




Beetlejuice! -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (30/11/2012 10:36:12 AM)

I'm in, so you can see how illiterate I am




KnightofZyryab -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (13/12/2012 10:35:58 AM)

I like reading.




Rinc -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (13/12/2012 10:26:40 PM)

TOP 50 BOOKS I'VE READ: 2013


  1. Lord of the FliesWilliam Golding (1954) 2nd read
  2. A Storm of SwordsGeorge R.R. Martin (2000)
  3. A Clash of KingsGeorge R.R. Martin (1998)
  4. A Game of ThronesGeorge R.R. Martin (1996)
  5. A Dance with DragonsGeorge R.R. Martin (2011)
  6. A Feast for CrowsGeorge R.R. Martin (2005)
  7. Keep the Aspidistra FlyingGeorge Orwell (1936)
  8. RebeccaDaphne Du Maurier (1938)
  9. Cat’s CradleKurt Vonnegut (1963)
  10. Going SoloRoald Dahl (1986)
  11. BoyRoald Dahl (1984)
  12. The Hunger GamesSuzanne Collins (2008)
  13. The Hunger Games: Catching FireSuzanne Collins (2009)
  14. Charlotte’s WebE.B. White (1952)
  15. Tess of the D’UrbervillesThomas Hardy (1891)
  16. A Thousand Splendid SunsKhaled Hosseini (2007)
  17. A Doll’s HouseHenrik Ibsen (1879)
  18. The Invisible ManH.G. Wells (1897)
  19. GlamoramaBret Easton Ellis (1998)
  20. Esio TrotRoald Dahl (1990)
  21. Football Manager Stole My LifeIan Macintosh (2012)
  22. The Diary of a Wimpy KidJeff Kinney (2007)
  23. A Tale of Two CitiesCharles Dickens (1854)
  24. Waiting for GodotSamuel Beckett (1953)
  25. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to PunctuationLynne Truss (2003)
  26. Why Does e=mc²? Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw (2009)
  27. The Railway ChildrenEdith Nesbit (1906)
  28. Notes from UndergroundFyodor Dostoyevsky (1864)
  29. At Swim-Two-BirdsFlann O’Brien (1939)
  30. NeuromancerWilliam Gibson (1984)




BOOKS BY MONTH
Jan - 3
Feb - 3
Mar - 2
Apr - 0
May - 2
Jun - 3
July - 2
Aug - 5
Sep - 3
Oct - 3
Nov - 1
Dec - 3

FORMAT
Fiction - 23
Non-fiction - 5
Plays – 2

BOOKS BY DECADE
2010s - 2
2000s - 8
1990s - 4
1980s - 3
1970s -
1960s - 1
1950s - 3
1940s -
1930s - 3
1920s -
1910s -
1900s - 1
19thC - 5
18thC -
17thC -
16thC -
14thC -

AUTHOR COUNT
5: George R.R. Martin
3: Roald Dahl
2: Suzanne Collins
1: William Golding, Flann O’Brien, Edith Nesbit, Kurt Vonnegut, Jeff Kinney, Daphne Du Maurier, Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Khaled Hosseini, Bret Easton Ellis, William Gibson, Ian Macintosh, Henrik Ibsen, Samuel Beckett, George Orwell, Lynne Truss, E.B. White, H.G. Wells, Fyodor Dostoyevsky




Pigeon Army -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (14/12/2012 12:50:26 AM)

Maybe I'll actually get to read books other than Arthur Miller's 'Salesman in Beijing' this year




Lazy wolf eyes -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (16/12/2012 8:10:55 PM)

My attempt was pretty shoddy this year.




UTB -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (30/12/2012 3:59:08 PM)

I don't think I've even read 50 books but I'll give it a crack...

Heart Of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
The Sheltering Sky, Paul Bowles




jiraffejustin -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (1/1/2013 6:04:54 AM)

I'll try to get to 50 this year.


  1. Batman: The Long Halloween - Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale
  2. Hard Boiled - Frank Miller, Geoff Darrow




AxlReznor -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (3/1/2013 1:18:49 PM)

I'll see if I can manage this year. Including comics will help, because full novels usually take me between two and four weeks to get through... not because of being a poor reader. Because I don't get as much time to read as I would like to.

Italics = in progress
red = novel

1) The Windup Girl (Paolo Bacigalupi)
2) The Sandman: The Dream Hunters (Neil Gaiman)
3) Northern Lights (Phillip Pullman)

4) Batman: Hush (Jeph Loeb)
5) Batman: The Black Mirror (Scott Snyder)
6) The Subtle Knife (Phillip Pullman)
7) Batman R.I.P. (Grant Morrison)
8) Batman: Dark Victory (Jeph Loeb)
9) Batman & Robin: Batman Reborn (Grant Morisson)
10) Batman: The Court Of Owls (Scott Snyder)
11) Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House On Serious Earth (Grant Morisson)
12) Catwoman: Trail Of The Catwoman (Ed Brubaker/Darwyn Cooke)
13) number9dream (David Mitchell)
14) Batman & Robin: Batman & Robin Must Die! (Grant Morisson)
15) Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
16) The Sandman: The Kindly Ones (Neil Gaiman)
17) Batman: The City Of Owls (Scott Snyder)
18) Gotham Central: Jokers And Madmen (Ed Brubaker/Greg Rucka)
19) Batman: Gates Of Gotham (Kyle Higgins/Scott Snyder)
20) The Magician's Apprentice (Trudi Canavan)
21) Batman: The Night Of The Owls (various)
22) Gotham Central: In The Line Of Duty (Ed Brubaker/Greg Rucka)
23) Batman: Heart Of Hush (Paul Dini)
24) Batman And Son (Grant Morisson)
25) The Amber Spyglass (Philip Pullman)
26) Batman & Robin: Batman Vs. Robin (Grant Morisson)
27) Batman: Life After Death (Tony S. Daniel)
28) Batgirl: Batgirl Rising (Bryan Q. Miller)
29) The Sandman: The Wake (Neil Gaiman)
30) Batgirl: The Flood (Bryan Q. Miller)
31) The High Lord (Trudi Canavan)
32) Batman: Cataclysm (various)
33) Batman: Contagion (various)
34) Batman: A Death In The Family (Jim Starlin)
35) Gotham City Sirens: Union (Paul Dini)
36) Batman Incorporated (Grant Morrison)
37) Batman: Eye Of The Beholder (Tony S. Daniel)
38) Batman: A Lonely Place Of Dying (Marv Wolfman)
39) Batgirl: The Lesson (Bryan Q. Miller)
40) Batman & Robin: Dark Knight Vs. White Knight (Paul Cornell/Peter J. Tomasi/Judd Winick)
41) Batman: Son Of The Demon (Mike W. Barr)
42) Batman: Cacophony (Kevin Smith)
43) Batman: The Bat And The Cat (Fabian Niceza)

The Vampire Lestat (Anne Rice)




impqueen -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (3/1/2013 10:30:02 PM)

Books 2013
01. Nineteen Eighty-Four (George Orwell, 1949) Dystopian Political Social Science Fiction
02. Under Milk Wood (Dylan Thomas, 1954) Play Poetry
03. Wolf Hall [Thomas Cromwell Trilogy #01] (Hilary Mantel, 2009) Historical Fiction
04. Cold Comfort Farm (Stella Gibbons, 1932) Humour
05. Red Country: The First Law World (Joe Abercrombie, 2012) Western, Fantasy, Dark, Epic
06. Decline and Fall (Evelyn Waugh, 1928) Classic Humour
07. First Love and the Diary of a Superfluous Man (Ivan Turgenev , 1850 / 1860) Novella
08. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, 1962) Classic Russia
09. The Sheltering Sky (Paul Bowles, 1949) Post-Colonial Culture Africa Classic
10. Embassytown (China Miéville, 2011) Science Ficiton Weird Fiction Fantasy Dystopian Language

11. The Wine-Dark Sea (Robert Aickman, 1988) Horror Short Stories
12. Kraken (China Miéville, 2010) Fantasy Horror Mystery Science Ficiton
13. Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #1) (Dan Simmons, 1989) Science Ficiton Space Opera Fantasy Time Travel
14. Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #2) (Dan Simmons, 1990) Science Ficiton Space Opera Fantasy Time Travel
15. The Islanders (Christopher Priest, 2011) Science Fiction Fantasy Mystery
16. Stoner (John Edward Williams, 1965) Historical Fiction
17. Sleep No More: Railway, Canal and Other Stories of the Supernatural (L.T.C. Rolt, 1948) Supernatural
18. The Windup Girl (Paolo Bacigalupi, 2009) Science Fiction Steampunk Dystopian Post-Apocalyptic Adult
19. Oryx and Crake [MaddAddam Trilogy #01] (Margaret Atwood, 2004) Science Fiction Dystopia
20. Haunted (Chuck Palahniuk, 2005) Horror Short Stories

21. A Poet's Guide to Britain (Owen Sheers [Selections], 2010) Poetry
22. Boxer, Beetle (Ned Beauman, 2010) Mystery Contemporary Fantasy
23. Silent Snow, Secret Snow (Conrad Aiken, 1934) Short Story Horror
24. The Death of Grass (John Christopher, 1956) Science Fiction Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian
25. Wool (Hugh Howe, 2012) Science Ficiton Dystopian Post-Apocalyptic
26. Doctor Who: The Burning [Eighth Doctor Adventure #37] (Justin Richards, 2000) Science Fiction Fantasy Adventure
27. Curtain: Poirot's Last Case [Hercule Poirot #39] (Agatha Christie, 1973) Mystery Thriller Detective
28. Blood Heat [Virgin New Adventures #19] (Jim Mortimore, 1993) Science Fiction Adventure
29. Doctor Who: The Crooked World [Eighth Doctor Adventures #57] (Steve Lyons, 2002) Science Ficiton Fantasy Adventure
30. Småtrollen och den stora översvämningen / The Moomins and the Great Flood #01 (Tove Jansson, 1945) Childrens Fantasy Classic

31. The Mysterious Affair At Styles [Hercule Poirot #01] (Agatha Christie, 1920) Mystery Thriller Detective
32. Umbrella (Will Self, 2012) Historical Fiction Contemporary Mental Health
33. Rivers of London [Peter Grant #01] (Ben Aaronovitch, 2011) Fantasy Science Ficiton Mystery Thriller
34. The Ice Monkey and Other Stories (M. John Harrison, 1983) Horror Science Ficiton Short Stories
35. The Assistant (Bernard Malamud, 1957) Jewish Contemporary American Ficiton
36. Skeleton Crew (Stephen King, 1985) Horror Short Stories
37. Guards! Guards! [Discworld #08] (Terry Pratchett, 1989) Fantasy Humour
38. Frontier Worlds [Eighth Doctor Adventures #29] (Peter Anghelides, 2000) Science Fiction Adventure
39. The Dimension Riders [Virgin New Adventures #20] (Daniel Blythe, 1993) Science Fiction Adventure
40. Moon Over Soho [Peter Grant #02] (Ben Aaronovitch, 2011) Fantasy Science Ficiton Mystery Thriller

41. The Uninvited (Liz Jensen, 2012) Horror Science Ficiton Dystopian Thriller Mystery
42. The Court of the Air [Jackelian #01] (Stephen Hunt, 2007) Science Fiction Steampunk Fantasy Speculative Historical Fiction
43. The Shining Girls (Lauren Beukes, 2012) Mystery Science Fiction
44. Ten Little Aliens [Past Doctor Adventures #54] (Stephen Cole, 2002) Science Fiction Mystery
45. Whispers Under Ground [Peter Grant #03] (Ben Aaronovitch, 2012) Fantasy Science Ficiton Mystery Thriller
46. The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey, 2012) Historical Fiction Fantasy Magical Realism
47. Grimm Tales for Young and Old (Philip Pullman/Brothers Grimm, 2012) Fantasy Fairy Tales
48. Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann/The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (Jonas Jonasson, 2012) Humour
49. Murder in the Dark (Margaret Atwood, 1983) Short Stories Poetry
50. When God Was a Rabbit (Sarah Winman, 2011) Young Adult Coming of Age Adult

Graphic Novels / Comics

01. The Complete Maus (Maus #1-2) (Art Spiegelman, 1986) Non Fiction Memoir
02. Chew, Vol. 1: Taster's Choice (Chew #1-5) (John Layman / Rob Guillory, 2009) Mystery Fantasy Comic Horror
03. The Manhattan Projects, Volume 1 "Science. Bad." (The Manhattan Projects #1-5) (Jonathan Hickman / Nick Pitarra, 2012) Science Fiction Historical Fiction
04. Saga, Vol. 1 (Saga #1-6) (Brian K. Vaughan / Fiona Staples, 2012) Science Fiction Adventure Fantasy
05. American Vampire Vol. 1 (American Vampire #1-5) (Scott Snyder / Stephen King / Rafael Albuquerque, 2010) Horror Fantasy Historical Ficiton
06. American Vampire Vol. 3 (American Vampire #12-18) (Scott Snyder / Rafael Albuquerque, 2011) Horror Fantasy Historical Ficiton
07. Sweet Tooth, Vol. 1: Out of the Deep Woods (Sweet Tooth #1-5) (Jeff Lemire, 2010) Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic
08. American Vampire Vol. 2 (American Vampire #6-11) (Scott Snyder / Rafael Albuquerque, 2010) Horror Fantasy Historical Ficiton
09. Batman: The Long Halloween (Jeph Loeb, 1997) DC Batman Superheroes Mystery
10. Kingdom Come (Mark Waid / Alex Ross, 1996) DC Superman and Co Superheroes Fantasy
11. A Tale of the Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (Brian Augustyn / Mike Mignola / P. Craig Russell, 1989) DC Batman Steampunk Superhero
12. Prophet Volume 1: Remission (Brandon Graham / Simon Roy, 2012) Science Fiction Reboot
13. American Vampire Vol. 4 (American Vampire #19-27) (Scott Snyder / Rafael Albuquerque, 2012) Horror Fantasy Historical Ficiton
14. Zero Year Batman #21 (Batman: The New 52 #21) (Scott Snyder, 2013) DC Batman

Plays
01. The Road (Nigel Kneale, 1963) Play Haunting




Sumintelligentguy -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (5/1/2013 4:13:20 PM)

One of my new year's resolutions is to read 40 books this year. Not quite 50, but still.

1. David Nicholls - Starter for 10

A very enjoyable read despite the protagonist being a bit of an idiot. Similar to Hornby's written style which meant I breezed through the story which had plenty laugh out loud moments alongside some believable cringeworthy moments.




Rinc -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (5/1/2013 5:13:08 PM)


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ORIGINAL: Sumintelligentguy

One of my new year's resolutions is to read 40 books this year. Not quite 50, but still.


I've set myself a target of 40 after failing to get 50 last year. And that was even with lots of Roald Dahl.




Sumintelligentguy -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (5/1/2013 7:13:34 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Rinc


quote:

ORIGINAL: Sumintelligentguy

One of my new year's resolutions is to read 40 books this year. Not quite 50, but still.


I've set myself a target of 40 after failing to get 50 last year. And that was even with lots of Roald Dahl.


My colleague thinks that even 40 is too ambitious. I told her i'd reevaluate my target by the end of February if I haven't read between 6-8 books by then. Having finished Starter for Ten today and already 100 pages into Noughts and Crosses (with the hope of finishing it by tomorrow or Monday evening), I think 40 books is achievable.

Good luck with your 40 books. WE CAN DO IT! (CUT HIS FUCKING HEAD OFF).




Rinc -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (5/1/2013 9:31:18 PM)

I have now read one book this year. According to Goodreads I am ahead of target. Very short review tomorrow.




Rinc -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (6/1/2013 9:33:58 AM)

1. Lord of the FliesWilliam Golding (1954) 2nd read
There's a battle going on in my head while reading this. Knowing what is coming and sensing the impending doom makes me want to stop reading it and leave it at the point at which all the boys are relatively happy and working together. I don't want it to get darker and more tragic. And yet because of the superb writing I have to carry on. There are inevitable frustrations at the characters (Why don't you say this or why don't you just show Jack who's boss?!) but then the characters are children and there wouldn't be much of a story or moral conflict if the characters weren't frustrating. Overall, an excellent and expertly crafted tale of the struggles of humanity, power and chaos. One of the best books ever written.




Hobbitonlass -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (6/1/2013 9:59:21 AM)

I have challenged myself on Goodreads to read 50 books this year so I'll list them here as well.

I'm beginning to regret re-reading Stephen King's IT at the start of this year though as it's going to take a while so....

In Progress
IT - Stephen King

Jan




impqueen -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (6/1/2013 1:15:58 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Rinc

1. Lord of the FliesWilliam Golding (1954) 2nd read
There's a battle going on in my head while reading this. Knowing what is coming and sensing the impending doom makes me want to stop reading it and leave it at the point at which all the boys are relatively happy and working together. I don't want it to get darker and more tragic. And yet because of the superb writing I have to carry on . There are inevitable frustrations at the characters (Why don't you say this or why don't you just show Jack who's boss?!) but then the characters are children and there wouldn't be much of a story or moral conflict if the characters weren't frustrating. Overall, an excellent and expertly crafted tale of the struggles of humanity, power and chaos. One of the best books ever written.


This. I've read it a few times since school and as the story gets closer and closer to that change I do consider putting down the book and imagining a better life for the boys with monkey butlers and such.


quote:

ORIGINAL: Hobbitonlass

I have challenged myself on Goodreads to read 50 books this year so I'll list them here as well.

I'm beginning to regret re-reading Stephen King's IT at the start of this year though as it's going to take a while so....

In Progress
IT - Stephen King

Jan


I like IT but it would take an effort for me to pick it up again.

Good luck with the challenges [:)]




Sumintelligentguy -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (6/1/2013 8:59:53 PM)

1. David Nicholls - Starter for 10
2. Mallory Blackman - Noughts and Crosses

Started this yesterday, finished earlier today. It took a while to get going, though I did like the fact that you weren't barraged with context in the early chapters but drip fed it throughout the first 100 pages. It moved along at a fast pace and the two protagonists were excellent, their frustration given their predicament was tangible and brilliantly conceived making the final 100 pages or so all the more tragic.

I'm not sure if I want to read the second book because I like this as a standalone novel. Has anyone else read the other books? Are they worthwhile?




KnightofZyryab -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (8/1/2013 1:00:36 AM)

Knightfall

I actually started this in 2012 so strictly speaking it should count as last year, but I finished it this year so I'm calling it my first of 2013. And what a start to the year it is - a lot of the Dark Knight Rises is based on what is without doubt a masterpiece of graphic novels, drawing on the ideas about the symbolism of the Dark Knight and the infamous breaking of the bat by Bane. The artwork is magnificent and iconic, the characterisations compelling and incredibly realised, and the writing frequently superlative, with some brilliant sub plots and points of intrigue, despite the myriad of opponents from Batman's enemies gallery. Graphic novels and comic book writing do not come any better than this.




MOTH -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (8/1/2013 3:10:42 PM)

I've started off well this year - 3 down already.

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Slightly puzzled by the effusive praise for this tale of 5 interconnected people involved with the baseball team on a small American college campus. It's good, but not that good.

This is our Year by Declan Bogue
An enjoyable sports book, picking a individual from each of the 9 Ulster county teams and following their fortunes during the 2011 season. Will mean most to GAA fans familiar with the names, but in the contrasting fortunes of the individuals, there may be something in there for all sports fans. This is the book that resulted in Kevin Cassidy's expulsion from the Donegal panel by manager Jim McGuinness, even though McGuinness gets portrayed positively.

The Unquiet by John Connolly
I wasn't that taken with the first two Charlie Parker books (Every Dead Thing and Dark Hollow), so I hadn't bothered with the rest of the series til now. This was pretty good, though, and Connolly's writing is much superior to the usual thriller fare.




Sumintelligentguy -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (12/1/2013 11:54:22 PM)

1. David Nicholls - Starter for 10
2. Mallory Blackman - Noughts and Crosses
3. Alex Garland - The Beach

A well written, tightly plotted novel. Robert's descent (or should I say re-descent?) into what Freud labels the id is brilliantly realised. And the final few chapters are pretty shocking.




MOTH -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (17/1/2013 1:06:52 PM)

HHhH by Laurent Binet
Really good. It tells the gripping story of the assassination attempt on Reinhard Heydrich by resistance fighters in Prague in 1942. But this is also a meta-novel as the author muses throughout on his researc and his responsibility in telling it as it happened without fabricating elements in the name of novel-writing. It would be rather show-offy and indulgent if it didn't work so well. But it does work and I liked it a lot.




Rinc -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (27/1/2013 5:57:38 PM)

2. Esio TrotRoald Dahl (1990)
A wonderful story and is probably one of my favourite Dahl's. However, its morals are a bit skewiff - so it's ok to help a woman out if it means lying to her and replacing her beloved pet with lookalikes? And if said pet is so beloved why is she desperate for it to be bigger. She's obviously not very happy with it and therefore can't love it so much.

3. At Swim-Two-BirdsFlann O’Brien (1939)
I really like the asides and the actual idea but I really didn't like the execution. It seemed at times to be trying too hard to make everything a bit absurd.




Sumintelligentguy -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (28/1/2013 12:02:59 AM)

1. David Nicholls - Starter for 10
2. Mallory Blackman - Noughts and Crosses
3. Alex Garland - The Beach
4. William Golding - Lord of the Flies

[Spoiler Alert] Brilliant book, not the most accessible, but nevertheless a cracking story. The moment the children turn on each other is a excellent scene and the ending was exciting, faced paced and totally unexpected. .






Sumintelligentguy -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (28/1/2013 12:09:28 AM)

1. David Nicholls - Starter for 10
2. Mallory Blackman - Noughts and Crosses
3. Alex Garland - The Beach
4. William Golding - Lord of the Flies
5. Arthur Golden - Memoirs of a Geisha

[Spoiler Alert] An altogether frustrating novel because it was intensely absorbing, and yet the subject matter was not that interesting in my opinion. It was nice to enter another world, but from the way the story is told, it takes so long to get past the inevitabilities of the plot (Sayuri being bought, her becoming an apprentice, a geisha and finally successful) with so many unnecessary obstacles to get past that by the time something exciting happens, it's a little too late.




MOTH -> RE: Top 50 Books I've Read This Year: 2013 (28/1/2013 11:18:44 AM)

The Fear Index by Robert Harris
Read it in a couple of evenings, which is probably more than it took Harris to write it. Perfectly readable guff, fusing a topical financial techno-plot to a read-it-all-before Artificial Intelligence theme, but fairly uninspired and sub-standard thriller fare all in all.




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