I've moved these from the sidebar into the main body of the blog after I realised that people are actually reading them. Here are the last few from the archives, plus a new one.
"Angels and Demons" by Dan Brown. (I know, I know, I'm not expecting it to be good or anything, but I borrowed it for free from my building's communal bookshelf).
"The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini. 7/10 - I enjoyed it and would recommend it, but my enjoyment never entirely recovered from the point when the book triggered my somewhat irrational dislike of books whose main character is a writer. (Especially if the character's writing is directly quoted in the text, which actually wasn't the case here, there was just the outline of a short story). I'm not sure why, I think I've just read too many examples of the technique.
"One Good Turn" by Kate Atkinson. 7/10 - if I'd read it after any other book I would probably have rated it higher, but it just couldn't match the sheer perfection of Case Histories. I am, however, madly in love with Jackson Brodie. They should make a movie of Case Histories and cast Hugh Jackman as Brodie. That would be heaven.
"Case Histories" by Kate Atkinson (re-read in anticipation of reading the sequel). 10/10 - Atkinson's best (which is saying a lot) and one of my all-time favourites. Highly recommended.
"A Spot of Bother" by Mark Haddon. 9/10 - truly excellent. Docked one point due to a description of a medical procedure that was graphic enough to almost make me gag.
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