Afterthoughts: The Crossroads by Niccolò Ammaniti

If I could sum up Niccolo Ammaniti’s latest novel in one word it would simply be ENGROSSING! From its shocking opening (which instantly imbues the reader with a firm notion of the wayward characteristics of two of the principle characters), to the … [Read more...]

Forethoughts – ‘50 Novels’ #13: I’m Not Scared by Niccolò Ammaniti

Hey ciao everyone! Come è a tutti? ...Hehehe..Ok enough of my atrocious attempt at trying to speak a different language. Let me assure you that I'm not suddenly turning Italian, because aside from anything else I'm just not good-looking enough :o)). … [Read more...]

A fraction of a pain

One of the things I love about reading books I actually own is that I have all the time in the world to read them. An obvious comment to make perhaps, but this luxury of time is something that doesn’t extend of course to library books, because the … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: “50 Novels” – Water for Elephants

It's been a while since I completed this book for my 50 Novel reading challenge but I remember it vividly; such was the grip that the story had on me. Quite simply Water for Elephants is an exceptional read and one that any reader should not miss out … [Read more...]

’50 Novels’ Three to See the King: Afterthoughts

I first came across the author Magnus Mills when a lot of people (Rob’s Reader of the Week Mark Chambers included), started evangalising about his novel - The Restraint of Beasts. Although I’ve still to add that title to my collection, I had the … [Read more...]

Forethoughts – ‘50 Novels’ #12: A Fraction of the Whole

Well it took slightly longer than it should have, but I finally finished title #11 (Water for Elephants) in my 50 Novels in One Year reading challenge, and I'm moving quickly on to the next one, the 711-page veritable tome A Fraction of the Whole by … [Read more...]

’50 Novels’ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time: Afterthoughts

I finished this latest title in my 50 Novel reading challenge a week or so ago but as it slipped my mind to post my afterthoughts so I thought I’d better do that now (sorry about that). So what did I think of it? Well I thought it was good, … [Read more...]

’50 Novels’ #11: Water For Elephants

Having finished novel #10 in my 50 Novel reading challenge I'm moving on to my next exciting read - Sara Gruen's Water For Elephants. Briefly, the story is about an old man reminiscing on his past, more specifically the time he spent with a … [Read more...]

’50 Novels’ #10: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Having got through the last title in my ‘50 Novel’ reading list in double-quick time, my attention turns to Mark Haddon’s acclaimed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Winner of the 2003 Whitbread Book of the Year and the 2004 … [Read more...]

’50 Novels’ #9: The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin

Having completed my Steinbeck Special (which for those who don’t know or can’t be bothered clicking the link :o)), comprised of reading a series of 5 Steinbeck novels in a row), I wanted to select something a little lighter for the next read in my … [Read more...]