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A Bargain Struck (Choc Lit)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Roamance in the American West

This is one of a sub-genre of romance novel dealing with the concept of the mail-order bride. Connor is a rancher in Wyoming just as the American frontier is moving Westwards. Ellen is the woman who answers his advertisement and who comes to be his wife and mother to eight year old Bridget. Ellen has hidden something from Connor which gets their relationship off to a poor start an ...

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Lacks action which is curious considering the story

I enjoyed the book well enough although it is very much a novel of its time and written in a format that you do occasionally find frustrating. We don’t see the action at all and it tends to be recounted in letters or diaries or occasionally told as a story by other characters but in any case it is kept distant from the reader. Where a modern novel would recount the action scenes ...

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The Shipping News (SAGE Publications Ltd)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Anne

A tough life in a tough place

This book is set in Vancouver, mostly during the winter and is about a man who takes his children and an elderly aunt and relocates from America to Canada to work as a journalist on the local paper writing the news about the ships that visit the port, hence the title. I enjoyed this book more than I thought I w ...

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Lightning in the Dark (Turning Creek) (Michelle Boule)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Had Potential but Rather a Let Down

Petra is descended from one of the original harpies of Greek mythology. There are many "remnants" living in society who are descended from the gods or mythological creatures. This is a concept that I liked very much - a sort of adult "Percy Jackson"! Petra and her harpy sisters live close to the town of Turning Creek. We aren't told exactly when this book is set but it seems to be sometime during the Ameri ...

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The Remains of the Day (Faber & Faber)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Anne

Heartbreaking in places

This is a haunting and sad tale of a butler in a country house who has given his life to domestic service and who slowly becomes aware of what he has given up and of the reprehensible human being the owner of the house actually is. It is set in the 1950s when Mr Stevens, the butler, makes a road trip in a borrowed car to see the ex-housekeeper Miss Kenton who he feels may wish to return to service. In betwe ...

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Blood From A Stone: (Brunetti 14) (Arrow)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Very issue driven

I did feel a bit as though I was being preached at in this novel. I understand that the author is using her series about the Venetian Police Commissioner to illustrate a social issue that she feels strongly about but I thought that, in this novel, the story took second place to the issue. This book is about the treatment of immigrants and follows Brunetti's investigation as one immigrant is discovered dead ...

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Undead And Unemployed: Number 2 in series (Undead/Queen Betsy) (Piatkus)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Anne

Amusing

Elizabeth Taylor, Betsy to her friends, became the queen of the vampires by fulfilling the prophecies in The Book of the Dead. She's not happy about any of this though and wants to blithely continue her life - unfortunately this is not easy when you are a vampire and have a whole nation trying to get you to do what they think you should be doing. Betsy obtains her ideal job selling shoes but is forced, by ...

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The Giant and The Three Dwarves (Austin Macauley Publishers)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Perhaps a Little Long

This is a fairly traditional style folk tale. Three dwarves (Hop, Skip & Jump) arrive at a giant's house and need to outwit him so that he won't eat them. So all through the night Skip stays awake asking the giant for ever more difficult items which will supposedly enable him to sleep. The giant tries to find these items in the hope that Skip will go to sleep and then the giant can eat the three ...

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TJ and His Wheelable Chair (Austin Macauley Publishers)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Good Talking Points

This will be an ideal book to use to have a discussion with children about people with disabilities. It shows that TJ is just an ordinary person who wants to join in and be included with everyone else. He likes to play and laugh with his friends just like everyone else. Any book which seeks to break down the barriers between able-bodied and disabled children has to be a good thing. This is an ide ...

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The Night Watch: (Night Watch 1) (Arrow)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Would have liked to see more magic

This story is set in a slightly shifted version of our world but set in Moscow. Anton is part of the Night Watch which consists of the magicians and supernatural creatures which are committed to doing good. Opposing them, is the Day Watch which consists of those people and creatures wishing to do evil, or at least not to have to consider doing good. There is a balance which is the result of a treaty which m ...

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The Three-Body Problem (Head of Zeus)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Chinese science fiction with a philosophical slant

“The Three Body Problem” by Cixin Liu is the only one of the few books in translation I have read that has footnotes added by its translator to explain the cultural references. The translator is Ken Liu and the notes are necessary because the book, which has been translated from the Chinese, is set during the various political and cultural upheavals in China in the twentieth century and refers to them i ...

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The Reading Group (Penguin)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

The book group element of this novel doesn't work for me

The premise for this novel is a good one - especially for book lovers. The reading group reads a book each month and the author relates the stories of its members and the problems they are going through and somehow links it with the book. Sadly, it didn't work for me. The main plot, that of different people connected in some way by a regular gathering and each having relationship or family problems, is fam ...

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