BOOK REVIEW: Exquisite minimalism. I’ve always been a believer that good things come in small packages and this novel by Ogawa is a perfect example. The characters, a mathematics professor with special needs, his housekeeper and her son, are developed in an understated manner, through their actions. The mathematical concepts are explained with artful simplicity and woven into the telling of the story to great effect. I found Ogawa’s writing style refreshing – words are not squandered but chosen carefully to extract maximum value
BOOK RATING: The Story 5 / 5 ; The Writing 5 / 5 BOOK REVIEW Exceptional. Miles Franklin’s My Brilliant Career truly deserves all the accolades it has received over the last century. It was a ground-breaking novel when it was published in 1901, filled with free thought, irrepressible spirit and passion that remains a delight to […]
Action-packed. This is the first novel by S J Rozan that I have read and it definitely won’t be the last. Rozan’s main characters private investigators Lydia Chin and Bill Smith are your classic odd couple, whose strengths and weakness fit together like a glove. They are a formidable team that readers barrack for. Lydia is feisty and outspoken and Bill is her rock, strong and loyal.
Chilling. This novel is fast paced and a true thriller. Tess Gerritsen’s female protagonist, Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli, is a very real character. She is strong and opinionated, but she has baggage that influences her – from a previous murder case and from being one of the few females to have succeeded in a male dominated profession.
Engrossing. In my opinion, elements that make for an excellent novel are deep, intertwining storylines and thought provoking and elegant prose. The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova ticked all those boxes for me.
BOOK RATING: The Story 3 / 5 ; The Writing 3.5 / 5 BOOK REVIEW: This book made me hungry! Greenwood’s main character and narrator Corinna Chapman is a baker and simply loves food. The detailed descriptions of every meal were mouth-watering but sometimes a little distracting from the mystery story itself which involved surprisingly heavy […]
BOOK RATING: The Story 4 / 5 ; The Writing 4 / 5 BOOK REVIEW: Captivating. This story was originally written as a play, and perhaps because of that has a succinctness that I found very enjoyable. At only 134 pages (PDF) it’s packed with old-style heroes and villains, international travel, romance, deception and intrigue. I’d read […]
Amazing. What can I say that will do justice to this classic other than, “Why didn’t I read this years ago?”. Of course I watched Dickens’ The Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist movies many times as a child, but this is the first Dicken’s novel I’ve actually read – a travesty I know, off with my head!
I’ve signed up to the 2010 Global Reading Challenge hosted by Dorte & Kerri. I’m signing up for the Easy Challenge level but I’ll see how I go, may upgrade to Medium if my 2010 reading goes well. The Easy Challenge involves reading one novel from each of these continents in the course of 2010: […]