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The big Sleep by Raymond Chandler novel about a tough detective
Review of The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler by jazzy500

Advantages: One of the 1st hardboiled genre novel which changed the novels throughout the world.
Disadvantages: Not for readers who like to be a part of solving process of the mystery.

The big sleep is a hardboiled/crime novel about Philip Marlowe a detective who is called by an elderly General Sternwood to deal with a blackmail attempt made on his wild young daughter by a bookseller. The book is read on first person perspective This ... Read review

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welcome :) by LiveMusicLoverLyn
Nice first review and noting the difference between detective driven and crime drama fiction :-) I think a bit about the plot would make this very helpful for me :-) by ladyofflame

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03.08.2014 18:32
Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Review of An Abundance of Katherines - John Green by totome

Advantages: This book is for the whole family!
Disadvantages: None

I just finished reading this book and I must say that John Green nail this one. It shows the brilliance in all aspects, the plot and its twist is so perfect. He is also the same guy behind the very successful movie ďThe Fault in Our Stars. This is a stor ... Read review

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fine by ishu1492
helpful by euphie

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01.08.2014 00:12
Legend - Book Review
Review of Legend - Marie Lu by dragon747

Advantages: great read
Disadvantages: none

...to reading her debut novel Legend which, Iím pleased to say was totally amazing. Despite not being quite what I thought it would be Ė it really was a fantastic read with plenty of ... Read review

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nice review by Gozzil
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29.07.2014 06:37
An Alluring, Sadistic Read
Review of Kill You Twice - Chelsea Cain by gothic_moon

Advantages: Intriguing characters, well-written, gripping, keeps you guessing
Disadvantages: None for me

I came across this in the library and was intrigued by the blurb. I wasnít sure whether Iíd read any of her other novels previously (I donít believe I have) so I didnít know what to expect. I had hopped for an engaging, gripping crime thriller; thankfully ... Read review

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great review by sazzydan
Nicely done. by afy9mab
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29.07.2014 06:36
Evenki tales
Review of The Last Quarter of the Moon - Chi Zijian by hiker

Advantages: Insight into an unknown culture
Disadvantages: Doesn't really hold together too well

...has been left alone in the mountain camp. Not totally alone, her grandson An'tsaur has stayed with her, to do the chores that she no longer has the physical strength to do. She deliberately withholds her name from us, but tells us that sh ... Read review

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What a missed opportunity for such an interesting subject. by torr
VH by marymoose99
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29.07.2014 00:00
llama llama holiday drama is a great holiday story for toddlers
Review of Llama Llama Holiday Drama - Anna Dewdney by DarkAngel76116

Advantages: Teaches toddlers what Christmas is really about
Disadvantages: Paper on the cover of the book

Llama llama holiday drama brings the true meaning of Christmas to very young children. I think that Anne Dewdney paints a picture to toddlers of true giving. I have 2 toddlers and they love this story. In my opinion, this story teaches love, patience, and ... Read review

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Welcome - as said below - more detail is needed here. by Essexgirl2006
Gozzil took the words right off my keys there.........R. by RICHADA
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27.07.2014 20:20
What's behind this door?
Review of The Door Into Summer - Robert A Heinlein by Coloneljohn

Advantages: An enjoyable read.
Disadvantages: Some will be put off by the science fiction nature of the story

The advertising copy for this story states:- When Dan Davis is crossed in love and stabbed in the back by his business associates, the immediate future doesn't look too bright for him and Pete, his independent-minded tomcat. Suddenly, the lure of suspend ... Read review

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Excellent write up!x by Chippytarka
Great review! by Pearl58
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27.07.2014 10:22
A dead funny joke book
Review of Plants vs. Zombies: Soil Your Plants Joke Book by xmum2fourx

Advantages: My son loves it, got him to sit down and read
Disadvantages: Lots of eye rolling for adults

The book My son asked for Plants Vs Zombies items for his birthday and we found the range of items quite limiting. While searching for something different to plush toys we came across this joke book and purchased it for his birthday. There was no ... Read review

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26.07.2014 16:12
A Place for Us....
Review of A Place for Us Part 1 - Harriet Evans by euphie

Advantages: Warm, inviting story
Disadvantages: Only part 1 has been released, it's a 4 part story stretched over 4 months

I recently saw this book for review on NetGalley and as it sounded intriguing so I was happy when my offer to download this for review was accepted. The Book The day Martha Winter decided to tear apart her family began like any other day. ... Read review

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Excellent review. by Dentolux
great review! by spanielize
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23.07.2014 12:26
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Back to the Beginnings
Review of Cockroaches - Jo Nesbo by pdoyle007

Advantages: Great filling in of the backstory
Disadvantages: Because it's an early novel some tension is removed

Jo Nesbo is an excellent Scandinavian writer, who has had his books translated in recent years on the back of the success from 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' when suddenly people looked to this part of the world for writers. His main character is a brilli ... Read review

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Good review by Salsajax
Great review by Gozzil
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22.07.2014 09:34
Unnecessary Truths
Review of Necessary Lies - Diane Chamberlain by Essexgirl2006

Advantages: Well written engaging novel with an original premise
Disadvantages: Issue based fiction is not for all

A book club that I am a member of picked this book as their January choice. I had read The Lost Daughter by Diane Chamberlain a couple of years ago, and had been meaning to read another book by her ever since. As an author she has been likened to Jodi ... Read review

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Fab review looks like a great book! by sazzydan
Being forced by Ciao to leave a comment :) by anonymili
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22.07.2014 08:55
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A much better book than expected!
Review of Landline - Rainbow Rowell by laurahartleyy

Advantages: unputdownable, enlightening
Disadvantages: not that emotional

Landline wasn't at all what I expected it to be. I expected this to be a romantic young adult book but what I got was a lesson in life and in love. This story is written from the perspective of Georgie McCool, a thirty-something woman who is married with ... Read review

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Good review by mozzie76
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21.07.2014 15:38
Puny white boy becomes king of the jungle swingers!
Review of Tarzan of the Apes - Edgar Rice Burroughs by Mauri

Advantages: A real page turner
Disadvantages: Some of the attitudes expressed are old fashioned to the modern reader

In western literature there are many examples of characters and stories that have since their first introduction become part of our everyday popular culture. So when we speak of Frankenstein, Dracula and Sherlock Holmes the vast majority of people know wh ... Read review

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"Old fashioned to the modern reader" - read that as a breath of fresh air to those of us of a certain pre-PC age! R. by RICHADA
Excellent review by supercityfan

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19.07.2014 13:14
The compelling story of Anne Neville and Richard III
Review of The Kingmaker's Daughter - Philippa Gregory by RebeccaLovesBooks

Advantages: Compelling. Exciting. Emotional. Hard to put down.
Disadvantages: None for me.

I follow her up the long aisle of the cathedral, the dazzling stained-glass window making a carpet of colour beneath my feet,as if I were walking over the sun in splendour. It strikes me it is the second time that my mother has presented me to a Queen of ... Read review

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good review x by cornishchic
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19.07.2014 13:05
Mark Lawrence plays it safe with Prince of Fools
Review of Prince of Fools - Mark Lawrence by cr01

Advantages: Solid fantasy fiction with a believable world
Disadvantages: Too similar to what has come before

While Iíd love to write a published book one day, I confess that Iím lazy after working all day and I find it far easier to rattle off a self published review on an evening rather than continue on the long straight and narrow with one of the two half comp ... Read review

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*E. Wow! Love this type of critical review. I also admire the way you are willing to slay Martin by comparison! by BlackSwan
E review. Very interesting by dee7778
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17.07.2014 20:09
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