Books recently Read

  • A Dance with Dragons: Dreams and Dust (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5, Part 1 of 2)
    author: George R.R. Martin name: Paul average rating: 4.32 book published: 2011 rating: 5 read at: 2018/04/15 date added: 2018/04/15 shelves: review:
  • A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
    author: George R.R. Martin name: Paul average rating: 4.10 book published: 2005 rating: 5 read at: 2018/03/27 date added: 2018/03/27 shelves: review:
  • A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3: Part 2 of 2)
    author: George R.R. Martin name: Paul average rating: 4.56 book published: 2000 rating: 5 read at: 2018/03/14 date added: 2018/03/14 shelves: review:
  • A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3: Part 1 of 2)
    author: George R.R. Martin name: Paul average rating: 4.50 book published: 2000 rating: 5 read at: 2018/03/05 date added: 2018/03/05 shelves: review:
  • Becoming a Writer
    author: Dorothea Brande name: Paul average rating: 4.02 book published: 1934 rating: 5 read at: 2018/02/11 date added: 2018/02/11 shelves: review:
  • A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
    author: George R.R. Martin name: Paul average rating: 4.41 book published: 1998 rating: 5 read at: 2018/02/03 date added: 2018/02/03 shelves: review:
  • Hamlet
    author: William Shakespeare name: Paul average rating: 4.00 book published: 1603 rating: 5 read at: 2018/01/22 date added: 2018/01/29 shelves: review:
  • Pride and Prejudice
    author: Jane Austen name: Paul average rating: 4.24 book published: 1813 rating: 5 read at: 2017/01/01 date added: 2018/01/18 shelves: review:
  • Cormorance
    author: Nick Hayes name: Paul average rating: 3.59 book published: rating: 5 read at: date added: 2018/01/12 shelves: review: A masterpice. Wordless and full of emotion.
  • The End of Summer
    author: Tillie Walden name: Paul average rating: 3.68 book published: 2015 rating: 5 read at: 2018/01/08 date added: 2018/01/08 shelves: review:
  • A Room with a View
    author: E.M. Forster name: Paul average rating: 3.76 book published: 1908 rating: 0 read at: date added: 2018/01/05 shelves: review:
  • Dubliners
    author: James Joyce name: Paul average rating: 3.87 book published: 1914 rating: 5 read at: 2017/12/17 date added: 2017/12/17 shelves: review: Always love this. It’s more of a comfort read for me these days.
  • The Essays of Montaigne, Book 1
    author: Michel de Montaigne name: Paul average rating: 5.00 book published: 1580 rating: 5 read at: 2017/12/17 date added: 2017/12/17 shelves: review:
  • Jamilti and Other Stories
    author: Rutu Modan name: Paul average rating: 3.87 book published: 2008 rating: 5 read at: 2017/12/17 date added: 2017/12/17 shelves: review: Great mixture of the everyday, the extraordinary and the fantastic. Stories beautifully told.
  • Billie Holiday
    author: Carlos Sampayo name: Paul average rating: 3.28 book published: 1989 rating: 3 read at: 2017/12/01 date added: 2017/12/01 shelves: review:
  • The Grapes of Wrath
    author: John Steinbeck name: Paul average rating: 4.01 book published: 1939 rating: 5 read at: 2017/11/28 date added: 2017/11/28 shelves: review: "I want to put a tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible for this."- John Steinbeck, 1936I just finished reading The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.  I have always known of this book but never read it or even knew very much about what is was about. I really wasn't prepared by how relevant it was to so many situations occurring globally at the moment. The mass migration of populations due to climate changes, infrastructure collapse and economics, the refusal of a system to help and indeed the full demonisation of those in transit.The language is beautifully simple and yet says so much about strength, sadness, suffering, perseverance and dignity.
  • The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
    author: Hilary Mantel name: Paul average rating: 3.44 book published: 2014 rating: 5 read at: 2017/11/20 date added: 2017/11/20 shelves: review:
  • The Fortune of the Rougons (Les Rougon-Macquart, #1)
    author: Émile Zola name: Paul average rating: 3.76 book published: 1870 rating: 5 read at: 2017/10/08 date added: 2017/10/08 shelves: review: Worth having an idea of the background and circumstance of the coup d’etat of the Second French Empire (Wikipedia will do), as knowledge seems to be assumed.
  • Deadpool & the Mercs For Money, Volume 0: Merc Madness
    author: Cullen Bunn name: Paul average rating: 3.32 book published: 2016 rating: 3 read at: date added: 2017/08/22 shelves: review:
  • The Collected Stories Volume 4
    author: Arthur C. Clarke name: Paul average rating: 3.25 book published: 1956 rating: 4 read at: 2013/06/01 date added: 2017/08/21 shelves: review:
  • Rabbit, Run (Rabbit Angstrom #1)
    author: John Updike name: Paul average rating: 3.58 book published: 1960 rating: 4 read at: 2017/07/30 date added: 2017/07/30 shelves: review: A really intense, gruelling book about a pretty loathsome wretch. Horrible thing is there's a billion Rabbits in the actual world. Ahead of its time in many ways. This is my first Updike. His writing is profound. But yeah. Relentless.
  • City of Glass
    author: Paul Karasik name: Paul average rating: 3.92 book published: 1994 rating: 5 read at: 2009/12/18 date added: 2017/07/24 shelves: review:
  • Captain Marvel, Volume 3: Alis Volat Propriis
    author: Kelly Sue DeConnick name: Paul average rating: 3.71 book published: 2015 rating: 5 read at: 2017/07/08 date added: 2017/07/08 shelves: review:
  • When the World Screamed (Professor Challenger, #4)
    author: Arthur Conan Doyle name: Paul average rating: 3.39 book published: 1928 rating: 4 read at: 2017/01/01 date added: 2017/07/07 shelves: review:
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh
    author: Anonymous name: Paul average rating: 3.63 book published: -1750 rating: 4 read at: 2017/01/01 date added: 2017/07/07 shelves: review:
  • Captain Marvel, Volume 2: Down
    author: Kelly Sue DeConnick name: Paul average rating: 4.05 book published: 2013 rating: 4 read at: 2017/01/01 date added: 2017/07/07 shelves: review:
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    author: F. Scott Fitzgerald name: Paul average rating: 3.54 book published: 1922 rating: 4 read at: 2017/01/01 date added: 2017/07/07 shelves: review:
  • Fight Club
    author: Chuck Palahniuk name: Paul average rating: 4.20 book published: 1996 rating: 5 read at: 2017/01/01 date added: 2017/07/07 shelves: review: Someone should make a film out of this.
  • Boxers & Saints
    author: Gene Luen Yang name: Paul average rating: 4.20 book published: 2013 rating: 5 read at: 2017/01/01 date added: 2017/07/07 shelves: review: Wonderful, beautiful, simple, complex. A very personal, magical realist take on the horrific events that unfolded in China at the turn of the century. It's in two volumes so he could present a story from either side. The cross over like Moon Knight and Hulk. It made me want to read the Bibliography. Yes, basically.
  • Dracula
    author: Bram Stoker name: Paul average rating: 3.81 book published: 1897 rating: 5 read at: 2017/01/01 date added: 2017/07/07 shelves: review:
  • A Parisian Affair and Other Stories
    author: Guy de Maupassant name: Paul average rating: 4.17 book published: 1881 rating: 4 read at: 2017/01/01 date added: 2017/07/07 shelves: review:
  • A Tale of Two Cities
    author: Charles Dickens name: Paul average rating: 3.86 book published: 1859 rating: 0 read at: 2017/01/01 date added: 2017/07/07 shelves: review:
  • Mr. Spaceship
    author: Philip K. Dick name: Paul average rating: 3.46 book published: 1953 rating: 3 read at: 2017/01/01 date added: 2017/07/07 shelves: review: The ending seemed samey, then you remember: he wrote that before Star Trek was invented.
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    author: Hunter S. Thompson name: Paul average rating: 4.05 book published: 1971 rating: 0 read at: 2017/01/01 date added: 2017/07/07 shelves: favorites review:
  • Gulliver's Travels
    author: Jonathan Swift name: Paul average rating: 3.15 book published: 1726 rating: 0 read at: 2017/01/01 date added: 2017/07/07 shelves: review:
  • Beyond the Door
    author: Philip K. Dick name: Paul average rating: 2.94 book published: 1954 rating: 4 read at: 2017/01/01 date added: 2017/07/07 shelves: review:
  • The Iliad
    author: Homer name: Paul average rating: 3.82 book published: -750 rating: 5 read at: 2017/07/05 date added: 2017/07/05 shelves: review:
  • Captain Marvel, Volume 1: In Pursuit of Flight
    author: Kelly Sue DeConnick name: Paul average rating: 3.85 book published: 2011 rating: 4 read at: 2017/05/08 date added: 2017/05/08 shelves: review:
  • The Schoolmaster and Other Stories
    author: Anton Chekhov name: Paul average rating: 4.15 book published: 1921 rating: 5 read at: date added: 2017/04/21 shelves: review:
  • Batman: The Killing Joke
    author: Alan Moore name: Paul average rating: 4.37 book published: 1988 rating: 4 read at: 2017/04/19 date added: 2017/04/19 shelves: review:
  • The Rough Guide to Berlin
    author: Christian Williams name: Paul average rating: 3.94 book published: 2011 rating: 4 read at: 2017/04/15 date added: 2017/04/15 shelves: review:
  • Akira, Vol. 1
    author: Katsuhiro Otomo name: Paul average rating: 4.37 book published: 1984 rating: 4 read at: 2017/04/09 date added: 2017/04/09 shelves: review:
  • A Room with a View
    author: E.M. Forster name: Paul average rating: 3.91 book published: 1908 rating: 5 read at: 2017/03/21 date added: 2017/03/21 shelves: review:
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
    author: Anne Brontë name: Paul average rating: 4.21 book published: 1848 rating: 5 read at: 2017/03/11 date added: 2017/03/11 shelves: review:
  • Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine?
    author: Mark Todd name: Paul average rating: 3.74 book published: 2006 rating: 5 read at: 2017/03/08 date added: 2017/03/08 shelves: review:
  • Inherent Vice
    author: Thomas Pynchon name: Paul average rating: 3.72 book published: 2009 rating: 5 read at: 2017/03/01 date added: 2017/03/01 shelves: review:
  • Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor
    author: Lynda Barry name: Paul average rating: 4.36 book published: 2014 rating: 5 read at: 2017/02/25 date added: 2017/02/25 shelves: review:
  • Meditations
    author: Marcus Aurelius name: Paul average rating: 4.21 book published: 180 rating: 4 read at: 2017/02/23 date added: 2017/02/23 shelves: review:
  • The Shining (The Shining, #1)
    author: Stephen King name: Paul average rating: 4.18 book published: 1977 rating: 5 read at: 2017/02/17 date added: 2017/02/17 shelves: review: Better than the film.I do love the film, though.
  • The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
    author: Naomi Klein name: Paul average rating: 4.23 book published: 2006 rating: 5 read at: 2017/02/05 date added: 2017/02/05 shelves: review: Heavy going and ten years old. But does help you understand this place where we are is a logical step from where we've been.
  • The Descent of Man, and Other Stories
    author: Edith Wharton name: Paul average rating: 3.46 book published: 1903 rating: 3 read at: 2017/01/27 date added: 2017/01/27 shelves: review:
  • David Copperfield
    author: Charles Dickens name: Paul average rating: 3.96 book published: 1849 rating: 5 read at: 2016/12/15 date added: 2016/12/15 shelves: review:
  • The Tales of Chekhov, Volume 3: The Lady with the Dog and Other Stories (The Tales of Chekhov, #3)
    author: Anton Chekhov name: Paul average rating: 4.07 book published: 2008 rating: 5 read at: 2016/12/05 date added: 2016/12/05 shelves: review:
  • Northanger Abbey
    author: Jane Austen name: Paul average rating: 3.80 book published: 1817 rating: 5 read at: 2016/09/12 date added: 2016/09/12 shelves: review:
  • Skywalker Strikes (Star Wars, #1)
    author: Jason Aaron name: Paul average rating: 4.10 book published: 2015 rating: 3 read at: date added: 2016/08/10 shelves: review:
  • 'Salem's Lot
    author: Stephen King name: Paul average rating: 4.00 book published: 1975 rating: 5 read at: 2016/06/18 date added: 2016/06/18 shelves: review: Wow, I'm genuinely sad I've finished this one. I haven't had that feeling for years.
  • Sense and Sensibility
    author: Jane Austen name: Paul average rating: 3.93 book published: 1811 rating: 0 read at: date added: 2016/06/18 shelves: review:
  • The Time Machine
    author: H.G. Wells name: Paul average rating: 3.64 book published: 1895 rating: 0 read at: date added: 2016/06/18 shelves: review:
  • Heart of Darkness
    author: Joseph Conrad name: Paul average rating: 3.09 book published: 1899 rating: 0 read at: date added: 2016/06/18 shelves: review:
  • Moby-Dick
    author: Herman Melville name: Paul average rating: 3.65 book published: 1851 rating: 0 read at: date added: 2016/06/18 shelves: review:
  • Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal
    author: G. Willow Wilson name: Paul average rating: 4.12 book published: 2014 rating: 5 read at: 2016/06/11 date added: 2016/06/11 shelves: review:
  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed
    author: Jon Ronson name: Paul average rating: 3.90 book published: 2015 rating: 5 read at: 2016/06/06 date added: 2016/06/06 shelves: review:
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes
    author: Arthur Conan Doyle name: Paul average rating: 4.32 book published: 1905 rating: 5 read at: 2016/06/02 date added: 2016/06/02 shelves: review:
  • Carrie
    author: Stephen King name: Paul average rating: 3.94 book published: 1974 rating: 5 read at: 2016/05/18 date added: 2016/05/18 shelves: review:
  • At the Mountains of Madness
    author: H.P. Lovecraft name: Paul average rating: 3.94 book published: 1936 rating: 4 read at: 2016/05/14 date added: 2016/05/14 shelves: review:
  • Hawkeye, Volume 1: My Life as a Weapon
    author: Matt Fraction name: Paul average rating: 4.14 book published: 2013 rating: 3 read at: 2016/05/14 date added: 2016/05/14 shelves: review:
  • A Tale of Two Cities
    author: Charles Dickens name: Paul average rating: 3.81 book published: 1859 rating: 5 read at: 2016/05/08 date added: 2016/05/08 shelves: review:
  • The Man in the High Castle
    author: Philip K. Dick name: Paul average rating: 3.69 book published: 1962 rating: 4 read at: 2016/05/05 date added: 2016/05/05 shelves: review:
  • Vader (Star Wars: Darth Vader, #1)
    author: Kieron Gillen name: Paul average rating: 4.07 book published: 2015 rating: 4 read at: 2016/05/02 date added: 2016/05/03 shelves: review:
  • The Power of Social Intelligence: 10 ways to tap into your social genius
    author: Tony Buzan name: Paul average rating: 3.72 book published: 2002 rating: 0 read at: 2016/04/09 date added: 2016/04/09 shelves: review:
  • A Study in Scarlet
    author: Arthur Conan Doyle name: Paul average rating: 3.82 book published: 1887 rating: 0 read at: date added: 2016/04/08 shelves: review:
  • The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)
    author: Stephen King name: Paul average rating: 4.00 book published: 1982 rating: 5 read at: 2016/04/08 date added: 2016/04/08 shelves: review: Mysterious and strange. Just what we like. Very aware this is a single spoke in a very large wheel.You wonder if he even knew where he was going after he wrote that first sentence.
  • Wuthering Heights
    author: Emily Brontë name: Paul average rating: 3.83 book published: 1847 rating: 5 read at: date added: 2016/04/08 shelves: review: I read these and forgot to post them here, so.Oh, and this is like rilly good.
  • Jane Eyre
    author: Charlotte Brontë name: Paul average rating: 4.09 book published: 1847 rating: 4 read at: date added: 2016/04/08 shelves: review:
  • How Music Works
    author: David Byrne name: Paul average rating: 3.94 book published: 2012 rating: 5 read at: 2016/03/31 date added: 2016/03/31 shelves: review:
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
    author: Robert Louis Stevenson name: Paul average rating: 3.98 book published: 1886 rating: 4 read at: 2016/03/19 date added: 2016/03/19 shelves: review:
  • The Enchanted April
    author: Elizabeth von Arnim name: Paul average rating: 3.97 book published: 1922 rating: 3 read at: 2016/03/13 date added: 2016/03/13 shelves: review:
  • Emma
    author: Jane Austen name: Paul average rating: 3.98 book published: 1815 rating: 4 read at: 2016/02/24 date added: 2016/02/24 shelves: review: I don't think I was quite ready for this.
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
    author: Stephen King name: Paul average rating: 4.31 book published: 2000 rating: 5 read at: 2016/02/18 date added: 2016/02/18 shelves: review:
  • Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future
    author: Paul Mason name: Paul average rating: 3.86 book published: 2015 rating: 5 read at: 2016/02/15 date added: 2016/02/15 shelves: review:
  • Miracles of Life: Shanghai to Shepperton: An Autobiography
    author: J.G. Ballard name: Paul average rating: 4.00 book published: 2008 rating: 5 read at: 2016/02/10 date added: 2016/02/10 shelves: review:
  • Oliver Twist
    author: Charles Dickens name: Paul average rating: 3.85 book published: 1838 rating: 5 read at: 2015/11/09 date added: 2015/11/09 shelves: review: Incredible, beautiful, terrible, all those things. Contrary to the opinion of those like Mr. Gove, this is not a book for children.
  • 1Q84 BOOK 3 (1Q84, #3)
    author: Haruki Murakami name: Paul average rating: 3.86 book published: 2010 rating: 5 read at: 2015/08/19 date added: 2015/08/19 shelves: review: Loved it. Mind blowing. It weaves a web and you get tangled in it.
  • Autobiography
    author: Morrissey name: Paul average rating: 3.67 book published: 2013 rating: 5 read at: 2015/08/02 date added: 2015/08/02 shelves: review:
  • 1Q84 #1-2 (1Q84, #1-2)
    author: Haruki Murakami name: Paul average rating: 4.10 book published: 2009 rating: 5 read at: 2015/07/03 date added: 2015/07/11 shelves: review:
  • Frankenstein
    author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley name: Paul average rating: 3.75 book published: 1818 rating: 5 read at: 2015/07/02 date added: 2015/07/11 shelves: review:
  • The Push Man and Other Stories
    author: Yoshihiro Tatsumi name: Paul average rating: 3.94 book published: 1969 rating: 2 read at: 2015/07/05 date added: 2015/07/05 shelves: review: Interesting from a technical point of view of layout and story structure, execution of plot in short form etc. But, yes, content bleaker than bleak. the violence, hatred and misogyny drips off the page and kinds of nullifies any benefit mentioned earlier. Wasn't prepared to recommend it to anyone I know. In the preface Tatsumi says do not judge him on these early works alone. Almost interested enough to see what else he did, but maybe not.
  • The Arrival
    author: Shaun Tan name: Paul average rating: 4.32 book published: 2006 rating: 4 read at: 2015/06/16 date added: 2015/06/16 shelves: review:
  • Persuasion
    author: Jane Austen name: Paul average rating: 4.13 book published: 1817 rating: 4 read at: 2015/06/10 date added: 2015/06/10 shelves: review:
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
    author: Oscar Wilde name: Paul average rating: 4.06 book published: 1890 rating: 5 read at: 2015/03/31 date added: 2015/03/31 shelves: review:
  • A Woman of No Importance
    author: Oscar Wilde name: Paul average rating: 3.88 book published: 1894 rating: 4 read at: 2015/03/16 date added: 2015/03/16 shelves: review:
  • A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
    author: George R.R. Martin name: Paul average rating: 4.45 book published: 1996 rating: 5 read at: 2015/03/13 date added: 2015/03/13 shelves: review:
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau
    author: H.G. Wells name: Paul average rating: 3.73 book published: 1896 rating: 4 read at: 2015/03/12 date added: 2015/03/12 shelves: review:
  • Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2)
    author: Hilary Mantel name: Paul average rating: 4.25 book published: 2012 rating: 5 read at: 2015/03/06 date added: 2015/03/09 shelves: review: Better than the first. Don't listen to them.
  • Short Story Collection Vol. 005
    author: Hamilton Wright Mabie name: Paul average rating: 4.00 book published: 2008 rating: 4 read at: 2015/03/01 date added: 2015/03/03 shelves: review:
  • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
    author: Arthur Conan Doyle name: Paul average rating: 4.33 book published: 1894 rating: 5 read at: 2015/02/20 date added: 2015/02/20 shelves: review:
  • Slaughterhouse-Five
    author: Kurt Vonnegut name: Paul average rating: 4.06 book published: 1969 rating: 4 read at: 2015/02/20 date added: 2015/02/20 shelves: review:
  • Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
    author: Hilary Mantel name: Paul average rating: 3.85 book published: 2009 rating: 5 read at: 2015/02/13 date added: 2015/02/13 shelves: review: Rich, deep, terrible. Doesn't speak down to you. How accurate it is becomes less important because you find yourself doing your own background reading. Loving the TV series, just wish they could've given it more episodes because there's so much they miss out.Read this book, not the imitations.
  • The Brothers Karamazov
    author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky name: Paul average rating: 4.30 book published: 1880 rating: 5 read at: 2015/02/06 date added: 2015/02/05 shelves: review: Unbelievable scope and majesty. There's very few times for me when a work of art goes beyond it's great reputation. Very long. Worth the bother.
  • Essential Avengers, Vol. 9
    author: Mark Gruenwald name: Paul average rating: 3.93 book published: 2013 rating: 3 read at: 2014/07/30 date added: 2014/10/21 shelves: review: Again, proof reading this for the younglings. This is the era of stuff I probably read when I was their age. They both found it difficult to read. The removal of the colour destroys a lot of the composition, and flow, if these had been draw in black and white they would've used more black. Also the attitudes and culture in them is far too antiquated for a 10 year old. Why is everything like this? Makes you realise the world is making progress. But again interesting from my perspective, this contains the origin story of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, and the Vision just cracks me up.They really need to think about that colour thing when they reprint though. This stuff is meant to be for kids. HELP THEM. Sometimes I think the people in charge forget that.

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