#bookreviewfri – Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffeneger’s

This week @talesfromaspace reviews Audrey Niffeneger’s latest offering for #bookreviewfri.
I loved ‘The Time Traveller’s Wife’ so I was ready to gobble up Audrey Niffeneger’s ‘Her Fearful Symmetry’. I admit I find it hard to believe this is by the same author – it must be one of the worst books I have ever read. The characters are two-dimensional, the plot improbable in the extreme and the whole thing is written with such wooden, plodding prose I could take no more and abandoned it two-thirds of the way through; I do not abandon books! It feels more like a first draft than a fully fledged novel. A real disappointment this one, but I will try her again because she has shown her genius elsewhere, I know she can be brilliant, just not with this one sadly.
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#bookreviewfri – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This week @kitzdunphy reviews Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn:

Nick Dunne’s beautiful wife Amy disappears on their wedding anniversary and police immediately suspect Nick. A hidden diary comes to light revealing a less than loving husband but he denies it was him. Clues are revealed as a trail of anniversary presents leads Nick closer to the truth…

Gone Girl is more than just a thriller. As more of the two characters are revealed, we meet people who are not heroes, intriguing for their flaws and identifiable by their failures. As the novel takes us back through their relationship, we see the effects of modern life and the failed American dream take its toll on romance and idealised love.

It’s a tale of a toxic marriage told from two unreliable perspectives. As you move further into the story, every possibility and outcome of Amy’s disappearance is suggested but the ending is far more terrifying than anything you’d expect.

I am not a fan of thrillers but I was hooked on this book from the beginning. Gillian Flynn is an accomplished writer in both narrative and character making this an exciting and involving read. If you haven’t got your holiday fiction sorted, get this now.


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#bookreviewfri – Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

For this week’s #bookreviewfri,  @carole_m_scott reviews Bitter Greens:

Bitter Greens is the first ‘grown ups’ novel from prolific Australian children’s novelist, Kate Forsyth. It is a beautiful and spellbinding book, telling the story of three different women – a ‘Rapunzel’ locked away in C16th Venice, a scandalous aristocrat in C17th France, banished from court to a nunnery, and the nun who tells her stories to make her exile bearable. Kate’s writing is intoxicating and I found myself transported to the times and places she took me to. I was walking the alleyways of long ago Venice and I was trapped in the toxic but entertaining court of Louis XIV. The powerful, deviant and different women at the heart of the story made a refreshing change from the ‘all too good’ female characters that perpetuate in most literature and in addition, it’s a great page turner. Kate’s prose is gorgeous; it’s colourful, lively, sumptuous. I’d recommend this to anyone who wants to get lost in a complete world whenever they pick up a book.

Bitter Greens by Kate Forstyh

You can find Carole at her blog – Carole Scott – where she muses about life, travel and whatever springs to mind.

#bookreviewfri – Will We Ever Speak Dolphin?

The Last Word column in The New Scientist has been answering everyday science questions since 1994 and now has its own book. Will We Ever Speak Dolphin is it’s latest instalment. It asks and answers such questions such as why do dishwashers have such difficulty cleaning spinach off plates and why does halloumi cheese squeak against your teeth?

If you’re into useless facts, then this is for you. It’s a book that you can dip in and out of and good loo reading material.

#bookreviewfri – All My Friends Are Superheroes

I’ve put this book on my reading list after reading this review from @oandthefoxes:

All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kauffman

If you were to distill yourself into one overriding characteristic what would it be? This is the essence of the book. And as the characters reveal their superpowers and you start the narrative journey of love & heartache, you can’t help but wonder where you’d sit amongst them.
This book will make you smile, cry and Marvel in its genius.
All my friends are superheroes

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If you were to have a super power, what is it and why? Tell us in the comments below or tweet @oandthefoxes or myself, @sarahrajabalee using #bookreviewfri.

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#bookreviewfri – Aleister Crowley: The Biography

This is what @saralhawthorn thinks of this biography on occultist Aleister Crowley for #bookreviewfri:

Aleister Crowley: The Biography by Tobias Churton

Crowley is arguably one of the most complex characters of recent years, surrounded by hype, hysteria and mystery. This book aims to debunk all the myths, focusing on the ‘real’ Crowley. However, whilst it does lay out a few facts and an illuminating account of alleged work as a spy, it’s a real chew to get through. I’m a fast reader, but the format is clunky, confusing and I found myself re-reading sections several times.

Read it only if you have an interest in the Crowley or mysticism.

Aleister Crowley – The Biography, Tobias Churton

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