Daily Archives: December 20, 2005

Books I’ve reviewed

Since I changed blog address midway through the year, I thought I’d list the books I’ve reviewed since I began blogging, and what I thought of them:

F= Fiction NF= Non-fiction

  • (F) Sushi for Beginners, by Marian Keyes: great summer read
  • (NF) Eats, Shoots, and Leaves, by Lynn Truss: eminently readable
  • (F) The Bookman’s Promise, by John Dunning: a mix of suspense with compelling historical details
  • (F) Darkly Dreaming Dexter, by Jeff Lindsay: a failed message
  • (NF) The Portable Jung, by Joseph Campbell: still current, 60 years later
  • (F) The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad, by Minister Faust: fresh and imaginative, excellent prose and insight into Canadian African culture
  • (F) The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, by Jeffrey Ford: fascinating premise, choppy prose, disappointing ending
  • (NF) Hero with a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell: the Myth of the Hero explained. Great read.
  • (NF) Brunelleschi’s Dome, by Ross King: a fascinating foray into the life of the genius architect who built the Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence.
  • (F) Johnatan Strange and Mrs. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke: a compelling story. “Harry Potter for adults.”
  • (F) Ya-Yas in Bloom, by Rebecca Wells: Disappointingly boring and rehashed.
  • (F) The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, by Umberto Eco: challenging, fascinating, bizzarre. Frustrating ending.
  • (F) The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova: mundane writing, hard-to-believe story, extensive historical research
  • (NF) Under the Duvet: Shoes, Reviews, Having the Blues, Builders, Babies, Families and Other Calamities, by Marian Keyes: Fun all the way through.
  • (F) The Fruit of Stone, by Mark Spragg: a literary western. Lyrical prose, great story
  • (F) Long For This World, by Michael Byers: badly edited, clichéed ending
  • (F) Plainsong, by Kent Haruf: Prose with the elegance of many-voiced harmonies
  • (F) Walk Through Darkness, by David Anthony Durham: Simple, elegant prose filled with emotion, about slavery on the eve of the Civil War. A story of hope.
  • (NF) Why Do Men Have Nipples? Hundreds Of Questions You’d Only Ask A Doctor After Your Third Martini , by Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg: too simplistic, boring information
  • (F) An Unfinished Life, by Mark Spragg: a more relaxed prose, filled with humour, but addressing important life issues.
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