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501 weeks ago @ Book Meme - Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel · 0 replies · +1 points

Wolf Hall on the Orange Fiction Prize shortlist. Watching Orange Judge Daisy Goodwin talking about the Orange Fiction Prize on BBC News. @daisygoodwinuk on Twitter I think.

502 weeks ago @ Book Meme - Cloud Atlas | David Mi... · 0 replies · +1 points

@FanLit Fantasy Literature has reviewed this book ecstatically. It's a must read.
http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/cloud-at...

502 weeks ago @ Book Meme - The First Stoke Newing... · 0 replies · +1 points

There's another great review here from Karen Ball, children's author. http://www.karen-ball.com/2010/06/the-first-ever-...

502 weeks ago @ Book Meme - The First Stoke Newing... · 0 replies · +1 points

There's a great review on TimesOnline for the Stoke Newington Literary Festival. http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_a...

Although I think the quote from Diane Abbott which says “tradition of descent and of literature” should actually read “tradition of dissent and of literature” which would be more like the truth. After all Stoke Newington has been climbing back up the social ladder for the past 20+ years.

502 weeks ago @ Book Meme - Love Letters | Katie F... · 0 replies · +1 points

One of the reviews on Amazon says "Katie Fforde's many fans will adore this book in which she is very much on form." which should go some way to countering the slightly negative view here. I follow Katie Fforde on Twitter and she is a very nice person.

505 weeks ago @ Book Meme - Cloud Atlas | David Mi... · 0 replies · +1 points

David Mitchell will be discussing Cloud Atlas at the Hay on Wye Book Festival this year I gather fromhttp://twitter.com/guardianhay

Here's the link:http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/may/13/david... and he'll be talking to John Mullan.

505 weeks ago @ Book Meme - You Only Live Twice | ... · 0 replies · +1 points

It's great to see people reading the original James Bond novels. Ian Fleming was a very talented writer and the films frequently fail to do him justice.

The James Bond character is much more complex than he is painted in the movies although it was Timothy Dalton who asserted himself and tried to play the more complex side of Bond. I was always sniffy about his interpretation of Bond until I realised understood what he was trying to do after reading the Casino Royale and the collection of short stories.

Well worth a read, proper spy stuff.

505 weeks ago @ Book Meme - The Dice Man | Luke Rh... · 0 replies · +1 points

This is a great story. I'm not sure how many women would read and enjoy it though as my memory of the main character is quite misogynistic and there is always sex on the menu when the dice are in control.

I think that the book is a great thought experiment and this is one of the great functions of writing. To allow us to explore areas of behaviour that we never would consider in normal life.

505 weeks ago @ Book Meme - Deception Point | Dan ... · 0 replies · +1 points

I thought this was a pretty good novel. Quite exciting. Dan Brown has a way of pushing the science a bit too far, into pseudoscience,, which I find a bit unconvincing but in this case it didn't detract too much from the story.

505 weeks ago @ Book Meme - Slaughterhouse 5 | Kur... · 0 replies · +1 points

I think this book is brilliant. I read it as a teenager and it was one of those novels that taught me something about humanity, very important as a teen I think. Thoroughly recommended!