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Swann's Way
Marcel Proust, Lydia Davis

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald Didn't realise that American tendency to over hype movies also extended to books! The only dramatic tension comes from Gatsby's death at the end of the book.

A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time)

A Memory of Light - Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson A fitting end to the saga.

Lolita (Penguin Modern Classics)

Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov, Craig Raine

Disturbing book, particularly in the context of abuse stories that are now so common. Well written though.

The Magicians: A Novel

The Magicians - Lev Grossman Great fun.

Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1)

Storm Front - Jim Butcher Great fun!

Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion

Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion - Alain de Botton Formulaic, turgid and pedestrian. Should have been a 20 page pamphlet.

WWW: Wonder

WWW: Wonder - Robert J. Sawyer Enjoyable but the concept did not need a trilogy to develop.

How Music Works: A listener's guide to harmony, keys, broken chords, perfect pitch and the secrets of a good tune

How Music Works: A Listener's Guide To Harmony, Keys, Broken Chords, Perfect Pitch And The Secrets Of A Good Tune - John        Powell Finally I figured out equal temperament, scales and keys!!! And about time too.

Reamde: A Novel

Reamde - Neal Stephenson Brilliant thriller by one of the best.
Love the geeky computer stuff in it which is all genuine!!

The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger I stuck it to the end. Great concept but pedestrian implementation.

A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)

A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5) - George R.R. Martin By the time he finishes the series there'll be no characters left.

The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer (Bantam Spectra Book)

The Diamond Age - Neal Stephenson Excellent read. Neal Stephenson is a superb story teller.

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine - Michael Lewis Proof that the capitalist system is based on privatised profit and socialised risk. What a con!!!

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3) - George R.R. Martin Best fantasy book since Lord of the Rings.

The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology

The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology - Simon Winchester A great book with 2 interesting stories, how William Smith almost single handed figured out the geology of England and also a more important and damning one about how class fixations in mid 19th century England conspired against talented and gifted individuals. Hmmm not much has changed.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz One of the blackest and most compelling books I have ever read.