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04 March 2010 @ 09:15 pm

Title: The Pillars of the Earth
Author: Ken Follett
Grade: A
Blurb from the Back:
"It begins with a curse, a song and a hangigin, and it builds into a magnificent adventure no reader will ever forget. At once a sensuous and enduring love story and an epic that shines with the fierce spirit of a passionate age, The Pillars of the Earth is without doubt Ken Follett's masterpiece and a story for all time..."

First Sentence:
"The small boys came early to the hanging"

Bloody William HamleighCollapse )


26 January 2010 @ 08:49 pm
name: Life of Pi
author: Yann Mantel
grade: A

books like this are the reason we need a real life bookclubCollapse )
20 January 2010 @ 08:37 pm
 Title: Moab is My Washpot
Author: Stephen Fry
Grade: A
Blurb from the Back:
- there is none, just praise, but for those who don't know, this is his autobiography. -

First Sentence:
"For some reason I recall it as just me and Bunce."

ilovestephenfryCollapse )
Current Location: bedroom
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: 'the strange rhythms in my head'
20 January 2010 @ 07:05 pm
 Title: Her Fearful Symmetry
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Grade: B-
Blurb from the Back:
Julia and Valentina Poole are normal American teenagers - normal, at least, for identical 'mirror' twins who have no interest in college or jobs or possibly anything outside their cosy suburban home. But everything changes when they receive notice that an aunt whom they didn't know existed has died has left them her flat in an apartment block overlooking Highgate Cemetry in London. They feel that at last their own lives can begin... but have no idea that they've been summoned into a tangle of fraying lives, from the obsessive-compulsive crossword setter who lives above them to their aunt's mysterious and elusive lover who lives below them, and even to their aunt herself, who never got over her estrangement from the twins' mother - and who can't even seem to quite leave her flat...

First Sentence:
"Elspeth died while Robert was standing in front of a vending machine watching tea shoot into a small plastic cup."

I know what it's like to be dead. I know what it is to be sad.Collapse )
Current Location: bedroom
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Current Music: rent - la vie boheme
18 January 2010 @ 04:46 pm
Title: One Day
Author: David Nicholls
Grade: A+

Blurb: "I can imagine you at forty," she said, a hint of malice in her voice. "I can picture it right now>'
He smiled without opening his eyes. "Go on then."

15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways.

So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that?
And every year that follows?

First Sentence: "I suppose the important thing is to make some sort of difference," she said.

Em and DexCollapse )
13 January 2010 @ 12:06 am
Title: The Stand
Author: Stephen King
Grade: A
Blurb from the Back:
First came the days of the plague. After the days of the plague came the dreams. Dark dreams that warned of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil.
His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms...

First Sentence:

Baby, can you dig your man? Collapse )
Current Location: bed
Current Mood: mellowmellow
Current Music: r. kelly - ignition (remix)
31 December 2009 @ 12:28 am
Title: The Shipping News
Author: Annie Proulx
Grade: C+

I'm not going to bother with the blurb or first sentence, because this book has already been reviewed by Alex on here.

to my critique, which will hopefully be less of a rant than my extreme hatred and rage against Breaking DawnCollapse )
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
12 December 2009 @ 02:09 pm

Title: Breaking Dawn
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Grade: A

Blurb: To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss and strife to reach the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fate of two tribes hangs.
Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating and unfathomable consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella's life- first discovered in Twilight , then scattered and torn in New Moon and eclipse- seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed... forever?

First Sentence: I'd had more than my fair share of near-death experiences; it wasn't something you ever really got used to.

Hmm... So LJ cuts aren't working for me right now. Here I go with the review. Spoilers are imminent so beware.

Right, so as the final book in the series i think it rated pretty well. Really enjoyed Jacob's section of the book, the whole change in narrator was a stroke of genius on Meyer's part. The story line was pretty good, but a bit of an anti-climax when there was no actual fighting. What was up with that? I just wanted someone to take out that little bitch, Jane, who i shall forever picture as Dakota Fanning from now on. This book made me all the more Team Jacob, and it wouldn't surprise me if a series on him and Renesmee were to follow. Oh, and RENESMEE! What a shit name. I've never been a fan of those merger names, and renesmee is the epitome of gay in my opinion.
Overall, a pretty nice conclusion to the series. No twists at the end, which surprised me and she hasn't really left any room for more books in the series. Maybe that's a good thing. I'd like to return to the top 100 now thanks.
Over and out.
P.S 20% off at borders, just in case you haven't heard. Only til the 15th though, so be quick.

01 December 2009 @ 12:47 am
Title: The Last Song
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Grade: A

Blurb: Seventeen-year-old Veronica 'Ronnie' Miller's life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father . . . until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie's father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church. The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story about love in its myriad forms - first love, the love between parents and children - that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that deeply felt relationships can break our hearts . . . and heal them.

First Sentence: Staring out the bedroom window, Ronnie wondered whether Pastor Harris was already at the church.

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01 December 2009 @ 12:28 am
I've been reading through this, and feel saddened that I haven't joined in over the year! BUT heres my whitcoulls top 100 list reads thus far, and i am now joining in on the book reviewing etc.

hope i can still remember lj cuts after all this time!Collapse )