Posts from ‘July, 2009’

What shape is your rating system?

I have been think a lot about rating systems recently, and wondered how other people’s rating system work. The scientist in me likes to use diagrams to demonstrate this – so please bare with me as I try to explain! My rating system is shaped a bit like this: I would rate almost all the […]

The Japanese Literature Challenge 3!

I have been looking forward to the start of Dolce Bellezza’s Japanese Literature Challenge for a while. I have loved every Japanese book that I have read and this challenge is a great way to discover new books, which are otherwise quite hard to find reviews for. I have saved up a few Japanese books ready […]

The Other Hand – Chris Cleave

 Note: This book is published as Little Bee in the US. It has been a long time since a book has moved me to tears, and even longer since one this length (375 pages) has been compelling enough to read in a single sitting, forcing me to stay up late into the night to finish it. […]

Win a copy of Kill-Grief by Caroline Rance

A few days ago I reviewed the brilliant, but disgustingly realistic Kill-Grief by Caroline Rance. I am now pleased to announce that I have a copy to give away, so you can experience the gore and smells for yourself! To enter, just leave a comment below before midnight GMT on 12th August. The competition is open to EVERYONE, […]

The Booker long list 2009 has been announced…..

The long list this year is…. The Children’s Book by AS Byatt   Summertime by JM Coetzee The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds How to Paint a Dead Man by Sarah Hall The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey  Me Cheeta: The Autobiography by James Lever Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel The Glass Room by Simon Mawer Not Untrue […]

Blackmoor – Edward Hogan

Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2009 Blackmoor is a small mining village in Derbyshire, England. The book is set during the 1990s, a time of fast decline for the mining industry, which eventually ends in the closure of the pit. The tight-nit community struggle to deal with the loss of employment, but have the added […]