Rate and review the last book you read

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February 1st, 2009, 4:35 am
Taking a cue from DML1991's thread for films:)

Well of Lost Plots-Jasper Fforde-9/10:tu::tu:

February 1st, 2009, 6:02 am
Girls Guide to Vampires- 8/10

February 1st, 2009, 5:02 pm
Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan http://www.ellendahl.com/foto/terningkast_5.gif/6 :D

February 1st, 2009, 5:06 pm
The Ghost and Mrs Muir by R. A. Dick (Josephine Leslie)

9/10 = It's a sweet little story. Possibly could have been fleshed out a bit more. Or rather I got to the end but would have perfectly happy if it had been longer.

February 1st, 2009, 5:25 pm
Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice :hmm: i'll give it an 8 out of ten, got a bit dull after a while

February 2nd, 2009, 10:12 am
Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman - 8/10

It could have been about 70 pages shorter, but there were some brilliant ideas. And I will NEVER stand at the edge of the platform on London's tube again ...

February 2nd, 2009, 4:07 pm
The Gift 7/10

February 2nd, 2009, 4:17 pm
Wow, there have been quite a few I've read lately, and I can't remember which one I read last...
The Silmarillion (again) - 7/10
That Hideous Strength - 9/10
Black - 9/10

February 3rd, 2009, 1:42 am
Well of Lost Plots-Jasper Fforde-9/10:tu::tu:

I'm reading that book currently! :D

Watchmen 10/10

Wide Sargasso Sea 9/10

February 3rd, 2009, 2:58 am
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold 9/10 :love:

February 3rd, 2009, 3:55 am
I'm reading that book currently! :D

I'm sure you'll like it, if you liked the first two:D

Fforde is great, as is Thursday:D

I'm re-reading Jane Eyre-8/10

February 3rd, 2009, 3:38 pm
Grinding It Out- Ray Kroc. 10/10- I'm not usually a fna of biographies/autobiographies, but this one is amazing. Kroc tells such a detailed history of himelf and the creation of McDonald'sI feel like I'm actually there taking part in it.

February 3rd, 2009, 7:55 pm
I'm sure you'll like it, if you liked the first two:D

Fforde is great, as is Thursday:D
I liked the first two books, but I found the second book to be incredibly different than the first. I like the third because it is reminds me of the first book more.

I'm re-reading Jane Eyre-8/10
I was thinking of re-reading Jane Eyre after I finished its prequel, Wide Sargasso Sea!

February 5th, 2009, 4:52 pm
Balzac: Gobseck (part of La Comédie Humaine)

Pretty good. You won't understand it if you don't know Balzac's characters, though. They return and return, and there are billions of them.
Gobseck is a terrific character. He bears similarities to Shylock, but he's not evil. A strange mix of gentleness and avarice.

February 5th, 2009, 10:25 pm
The King of Attolia: 10/10
I'd give it higher if I could, it's one of my favorites. This is the third time I've read it.

February 7th, 2009, 12:54 am
Untamed by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast. I'll give it a 10/10 because it was brilliant.

February 7th, 2009, 2:23 am
The Vampire Armand by Anne Rice: 5/10, it got SOOOOO boring....

February 7th, 2009, 4:55 pm
A Short History of Nearly Everything- Bill Bryson.

It had been a while since I last read anything by Bill Bryson- this is definitely one of his best. 9.5/10 (cos I have an old edition and I recently saw a new, updated version with pictures. Gah.)

February 9th, 2009, 7:30 pm
Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan http://www.ellendahl.com/foto/terningkast_5.gif/6 :D

I give the same for A Crown of Swords, by the same author, still in The Wheel of Time series. :D

February 11th, 2009, 7:02 am
Blood Brothers-Nora Roberts- 5/10

It started off well, but then, cliche after cliche after cliche. Definitely not my type of book:no:

February 14th, 2009, 11:47 am
The Truth by Terry Pratchett - 9/10. Very good book delving into journalism and what's considered 'the truth'. Not my favorite book though.

February 15th, 2009, 1:20 am
Just finished Bridget Jone's Diary :). I would give it 7/10. I must say I thought the movie is a lot better! Just a much better story and so many more funny things happen.

February 16th, 2009, 3:59 pm
BBC's India with Sanjeev Bhaskar: 6/10

Too vague, it only gives outlines, never deals with anything in depth. However, I do understand it will be very helpful and fascinating to its target audience- foreigners:)

February 16th, 2009, 8:01 pm
Fire From Heaven gets 10/10. Impressive prose and compelling storytelling.

February 16th, 2009, 10:56 pm
Via Dolorosa, by David Hare. Awesome book- but only for someone with a very in depth interest into the Middle East Crisis. Very journalistic. 8/10.

February 17th, 2009, 1:39 am
Enola Holmes by Nancy Springer - 7/10

February 17th, 2009, 2:56 am
1st book in Edge Chronicles Series-Beyond the deep woods, 8/10

February 18th, 2009, 1:00 pm
The Historian - by Elizabeth Kostova - 6/10

Quick review - 400 pages of "Are we there yet? and 200 pages of "Wow"

The book spends far too much time looking for clues, although I enjoyed reading about some of the locations they were in, like Budapest, Istanbul and Sophia. I wondered if Bulgaria was really the way they portrayed it. The last 200 pages were very good, but for 400 pages I kept wondering why I was still reading it.

February 24th, 2009, 10:02 am
Xenocide by Orson Scott Card - 7/10.
Pretty good, but some of it was a bit far fetched for my taste. I know that's somewhat inevitable with sci-fi, but part of the reason I loved the first two books in this series is that the science stuff seemed plausible.

February 24th, 2009, 11:47 am
Bridget Jones' Diary-9/10 It is hilarious! :rotfl:

February 26th, 2009, 12:59 pm
The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris (sequel to Chocolat) - 9/10. It's awesome and incredible and really makes you want to eat chocolate!

February 27th, 2009, 7:22 pm
Enchanment by Orson Scott Card gets 9.5/10. I loved this book. I would give it the full 10 points, but the first few chapters seem to drag a bit and idk, the ending was a little too perfect. But, yeah it was a fantastic page turner.

March 3rd, 2009, 3:45 am
"Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer, 10/10. This book was simply amazing, it blew me away. :tu:

Also "Cell" by 4tephen King, 9/10. It was chilling and creeped me out, which makes it great. :scared:

March 3rd, 2009, 12:39 pm
The Boleyn Inheritance - 6.5/10

Its a good read, but a bit too long. Could have been edited much much better.

March 3rd, 2009, 1:22 pm
A Suitable Boy - by Vikram Seth

The book is about 1500 pages long but it didn't seem to last forever. This is the author's fist novel, though he has made some poetry books before this one...and it shows. On literally every other page there is some sort of poem and the characters rhyme a lot. I feel like if he would have removed some of the abstract poems the book would have been a 9/10 for me.

The story is about Lata but I found that Maan's storyline was much more interesting and was the main reason I strived to finish the book.

March 4th, 2009, 1:24 am
I just re read Watchmen. It's just as good today as it was when I was 15.

Absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt, 10/10.

March 4th, 2009, 9:55 am
Love As Always, Kurt by Loree Rackstraw, 5/10. The style or narration are not very impressive, but the insight into Kurt Vonnegut's life is fascinating.

March 4th, 2009, 7:47 pm
Extras by Scott Westerfeld. I give it a 7/10. It was a good book, but not as good as the other three in the series.

March 10th, 2009, 10:21 am
Rosie Dunne by Cecelia Ahern- 7.5/10

It is a fun read. I enjoyed the book: it was humorous, fun, yet emotional at points. Well written :tu:

March 14th, 2009, 3:40 pm
Rosie Dunne by Cecelia Ahern
I'll give an 8/10 for that. It was very touching.

March 15th, 2009, 2:58 am
Slumdog Millionaire -- 7.5/10

March 21st, 2009, 1:35 am
So Yesterday by Scot Westerfeld 8/10. His books are just so cool and great. They're really strange, too, but that's why I like them. I'm off that kick, though, and now I have nothing to read. May as well go and read Harry Potter again. :D

March 21st, 2009, 1:39 am
Dead until Dark by Charlaine Harris: 9/10 :D

March 22nd, 2009, 3:18 am
Animal Farm, by George Orwell. :hmm:

It's the book I am unfortunately studying at the moment. I personally did not enjoy it at all, I found it really boring, but that's my personal opinion (and funnily enough is the rest of my class's). The writing was really good quality, and the story line was quite original so i'll give it a 6/10.

So Yesterday by Scot Westerfeld 8/10. His books are just so cool and great. They're really strange, too, but that's why I like them.

I agree. He's hilarious :lol:

April 3rd, 2009, 1:15 pm
Moominsummer Madness by Tove Jansson - 10/10

April 3rd, 2009, 8:11 pm
"Opening Atlantis" by Harry Turtledove. I give it an 8/10.

It was good though. Hoping the second novel will be even better. :D


April 3rd, 2009, 9:53 pm
Delicate Edible Birds by Lauren Groff - 8/10

A collection of short stories, which I usually don't read, but I thought these were really masterfully written. In one or two stories I got semi-confused but I'm sure that's my fault, not Lauren's. :)

April 4th, 2009, 5:26 am
Animal Farm, by George Orwell.

It's the book I am unfortunately studying at the moment. I personally did not enjoy it at all, I found it really boring, but that's my personal opinion (and funnily enough is the rest of my class's). Yeah, I'm an English teacher who hated teaching that book. :td:

Right now I'm teaching All Quiet on the Western Front. I hadn't read it before, and I had really low expectations because the other teachers totally bashed it. But I love it.8.5/10

April 5th, 2009, 3:55 pm
Q&A (aka Slumdog Millionaire) 8/10.

Was good, very different to the film and some bits I didn't really enjoy but generally a good book

April 5th, 2009, 4:08 pm
Little Women- Louisa May Alcott.

I adore the book no matter how many times I read it-10/10 :tu:

April 5th, 2009, 4:16 pm
Series of Unfortunate Events: 8/ 10 I really like it, but I find it rather boring compared to HP. :agree:


April 6th, 2009, 9:18 pm
Blaze by Stephen King -- 6/10. It's an ok book, but not one of his best. Still worth a read though -- for those who want a glimpse into his more earlier works.

April 12th, 2009, 5:09 pm
The Relucatant Fundamentalist, by Mohisn Hamid. 8/10.

I'm in two minds over whether I like the ending or not. It's left very open. But I loved the flowing and rarely used (that I've seen) nature of the narrative, it really told the story in an engaging way.

April 13th, 2009, 1:00 am
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult.
9.5/10 - I loved it; Jodi Picoult is a brilliant author. I don't think anything that isn't Harry Potter could get a ten though. :lol:

April 14th, 2009, 7:39 pm
Eragon by Christopher Paolini 5/10. Nah, make that 6/10. :)

Moominsummer Madness by Tove Jansson - 10/10

:agree: I think the Moomin stories all deserve 10/10! :D

April 17th, 2009, 5:08 am
I just finished Heath: A Family's Tale. It was a really good insight of the life that Heath Ledger lead. It gives a lot of details about his family and how he struggled with the papparazzi, especially those from his home country. It also talks about his struggle with the break-up with Michelle, the mother of his daughter, Mathilda. I really enjoyed hearing about the other movies he had made, there were some I hadn't even known he was in. All in all, I give a 10/10. :agree:

April 18th, 2009, 12:45 pm
Paths of Glory- Jeffrey Archer.

I'd give it 5/10. It was so-so, readable if you want an easy book, but nothing great about it. Definitely not anywhere near Archer's best.

April 18th, 2009, 10:29 pm
A 9/10 for A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood.

It's not easy to get into it but it's worth it. It's dark, cynical, funny and profoundly sad. Oh, and it's provocative and insightful. Isherwood gets human beings.

April 18th, 2009, 10:32 pm
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister ~ 9/10

April 18th, 2009, 10:48 pm
The Punisher - Volume 4 (13-18) = 6/10

April 22nd, 2009, 1:04 am
Emporer, The Death of Kings - Conn Iggulden

Rating = 9/10

extremely good sequel to Gates of Rome, highly recommend the series!:):)

April 22nd, 2009, 6:36 am
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Pointless, Silly and Plot-less- 2/10

Definitely not my type of book :no:

April 23rd, 2009, 4:05 pm
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett. Very good, not an absolute favorite, but was an entertaining read. 9/10

April 23rd, 2009, 4:22 pm
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

It's the last book in the Mortal Instruments Trilogy and I absolutely loved the way it ended. The whole storyline was very fast-paced and visually wonderful. It seemed like every door has been closed and I felt a sense of completion after reading it. There was some predictability but that's to be expected and for the most part I was rather suprised at the plot twists. I recommend the entire trilogy to anyone (mind you it's not appropriate for younger children. I'd say the novels are 13+, for Young Adults)

April 24th, 2009, 4:44 pm
Warriors Power of Three
Long Shadows

10/10! I LOVE the Warriors series, so i'd rate any of them 10/10:whistle:.... but still :D

April 24th, 2009, 6:45 pm
Academ's Fury, by Jim Butcher.

8/10 = I thought it was good book overall. It had interesting characters, and a good plot, so I will have to read the next one soon. :)

April 24th, 2009, 8:06 pm
Scourge of God by S.M. Stirling.

8/10 - It was a great read. Moved the story along rather well. Learned new things about the characters, and saw them grow. Still haven't reached Nantucket yet. *sigh* Oh well, next novel in the series looks to be a great read as well. :D


April 27th, 2009, 7:28 am
Nineteen Minutes- Jodi Picoult- 9/10

Tough subject to deal with, very depressing, but beautifully written. It takes us to the other side of things and poses so many questions about society and its attitude to those who might not be the usual definition of 'cool' and 'fun'.

April 28th, 2009, 12:09 am
Mean Streets by Jim Butcher & others.

I rate it a 10/10. Excellent short stories in that book. :agree:


April 28th, 2009, 1:46 am
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher


The way it was written was absolutely terrific. I have never read anything else that depicts suicide nearly as well.

April 28th, 2009, 10:03 pm
:agree: I think the Moomin stories all deserve 10/10! :D
They do! Yay! http://www.perhekerho.net/lastenjuhlat/mu_mini.gif (disregard the title :whistle:)

Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie - 7/10

April 28th, 2009, 10:33 pm
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher


The way it was written was absolutely terrific. I have never read anything else that depicts suicide nearly as well.

Wow... If the book is half as good as the description, I'm going to have to read this. Thanks for posting it!


April 30th, 2009, 5:47 pm
Master of the Game by Sidney Sheldon.

8/10. Read it for Kate Blackwell.

May 4th, 2009, 7:35 pm
Jingo by Terry Pratchett. 10/10

May 4th, 2009, 9:11 pm
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

10/10. Excellent classic, and a wake up call to society, even now.


May 17th, 2009, 4:49 pm
10/10. Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett. Fantastic story!

May 17th, 2009, 4:50 pm
I'm currently on my second reading of The Watchmen. So great!! 10/10

May 18th, 2009, 5:21 am
The Great Gatsby 8/10

May 18th, 2009, 8:14 am
Moby Dick 6/10

I know, I know, it's a classic and it has its moments. But if you need secondary literature to find a novel even remotely interesting, there is something wrong with it. :lol: Ishmael would have been more amusing if he had cut down on the excessive drivel on his quest to find truth and meaning.

May 21st, 2009, 5:43 am
The Associate- John Grisham- 1/10

Poor writing, non-existent plot. I wonder how Grisham could write so badly and get it published!

May 23rd, 2009, 2:47 am
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

9/10 Completely amazing. The book is very thought provoking and brings up some great ideas. It has a interesting plot and the characters are all well developed. It is a really great read.

May 24th, 2009, 1:04 am
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Last Olympian

1000000000/10 Best book I have ever read in my entire life. It was just wonderful. I loved it.

May 24th, 2009, 11:56 am
J.R.R. Tolkien. A Biography. by Humphrey Carpenter - 9/10. If you want to learn more about Tolkien's life, I'd recommend this book! :D (I know it's from 1977 or something, but it's great anyway. Even the Norwegian translation, which I read, is quite good! :D)

I first wrote "1077 or something"! It's not that old! :rotfl:

May 25th, 2009, 8:14 pm
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga- 9/10

Well, its a brutal book. An angry account of two Indias and a man who tried to get from one to the other. Did I like this book? Oh, no. But the book made me think a lot. It's a Booker Winning Book and well, I know why now. It's raw, cold, remorseless and meant to be just that.

May 26th, 2009, 3:52 am
"One Second After" by William R. Forstchen. 9/10.

"The Wheel of Time - The Eye of the World" by Robert Jordan. 10/10.


May 31st, 2009, 10:46 am
Night Watch by Terry Pratchett. 10/10. Well worth the read with his usual well-thoughout messages and ideas and great humour.

A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett. 8/10. Entertaining read.

May 31st, 2009, 7:26 pm
The final part of the Princess Diaries: Ten Out of Ten - Meg Cabot


This is just hilarious fun. I'll miss this series that made for great relief from the serious, heavy reading that I do a lot :)

June 1st, 2009, 10:16 pm
Artemis Fowl - The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer.



June 3rd, 2009, 12:31 pm
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows 9/10.
I would have appreciated the nineteen years later ending to be deeper.

June 4th, 2009, 2:35 pm
I did forget to rate The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, didn't I? :blush: But everyone who really knows me (excluding my friends, they don't know or care which books I like, in fact they don't care about books at all) can guess what I am going to say: 10/10! :D

June 6th, 2009, 8:56 am
Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
A hilarious and worthwhile read. Exceeded expectations :)

June 9th, 2009, 2:59 am
Nightside - Agents of Light and Darkness by Simon R. Green



June 12th, 2009, 12:42 am
Tajore Akoore, by Jackie French

8/10. Very good storywriting, and it still amazes me how detailed her childhood's world was (for this was based on her childhood imaginary world), and how believable her characters are. Though, the plot takes about 2/3 of the book to really warm up, this is an unforgettable read. :)

June 12th, 2009, 3:52 am
Fast Food Nation- Eric Schlosser. 8/10- I don't really recommend it, but if you can handle some of the stuff it talks about and want a very different (to me) perspective of the fast food industry, I'd at least check it out. Maybe skip over the meatpacking industry section though, it horrified me.

June 12th, 2009, 8:16 am
Forever Princess by Meg Cabot, the final in the Princess Diaries series

10/10. I think it's probably the best in the series, and definitely my favorite since about the third or fourth. The same humor was back, Mia was her crazy self, and the situations she (or her family!) got herself into were both hilarious and lesson-teaching. Also, if the above hasn't gotten you to go get this book yet, I'm just gonna say that the end is the most awesome ending yet :love:

June 13th, 2009, 9:53 pm
Honor Harrington - War of Honor by David Weber.



June 13th, 2009, 11:20 pm
Q & A by Vikas Swarup, 9/10. An excellent read, very moving and well crafted. The story flows naturally and fits together seamlessly. (It's the book Slumdog Millionaire is based on, but the plot was changed almost beyond recognition for the movie. I still loved both, though)

June 14th, 2009, 5:04 am
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen- 8/10

June 15th, 2009, 12:37 pm
Something Rotten- Jasper Fforde. 10/10. I loved the book! So very creative as usual and even more thrilling and exciting than ever!

June 16th, 2009, 12:59 am
Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen.
This was a reread. The first time I read it, about ten years ago, I really disliked it. This time I enjoyed it very much. 8/10

June 16th, 2009, 6:41 am
Brisingr by Christopher Paolini -- 9.75/10

I loved all of the twists in the book. I thought it was really cool how Eragon finds out about how his real father is Brom. I liked how he got a new sword (Brisingr). I never really liked Zar'roc, (punct.?) I didn't think it suited him very well. And the el dunarii were really interesting :D

(Thank you for putting up with my boring, dorky opinions :lol:)

June 16th, 2009, 6:43 am
The Wave 9/10 Minus one point, simply because it was so good that I stayed up half the night reading it. :D

But it was a very chilling read too, and really made me look at Nazi Germany in a new light--even if that light was grey. To imagine how many millions simply followed Hitler because they might have been afraid of what would happen if they didn't follow, or even resisted, Hitler. Got me inteested in WW2...unfortunately at a time where I still have to keep some interest in WW1 for an exam next Wednesday!

June 18th, 2009, 1:32 pm
Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke. One of those books I would have liked to read when I was 12-13. It was funny, and well-written, and had lots of winks to bibliophagus like me. 7.5/10

June 20th, 2009, 12:54 pm
I'm not finished with Mostly Harmless yet, but I'm going to rate all the Hitchhiker's Guide - books anyway, since I'm almost finished with it and have also read it before. :D

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, containing five complete novels (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe and Everything; So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish; Mostly Harmless) and one story (Young Zaphod Plays It Safe), gets 10/10 from me! :D

June 20th, 2009, 6:28 pm
Into The Wild - Jon Krakauer

9/10 - Really Awesome Book could not put it down

June 22nd, 2009, 2:42 am
Nightwalker by Jocelynn Drake.



June 22nd, 2009, 2:54 am
The Tenth Circle- Jodi Picoult 9/10- :wow: I didn't want to put it down. Picoult just kept throwing new turns and twists into the story, and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

June 29th, 2009, 12:54 am
Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk - 10/10

Easily the best book I've read in a long, long time.

Hopefully I can buy the rest of his books sometime in the future, because as of right now I am book-less. :(

June 30th, 2009, 2:54 pm
The Man in the Picture - A Ghost Story by Susan Hill. Very good! 8/10. I picked up this book because I had already read a story by same author called The Woman in Black, which was an excellent read, and would rate: 10/10. Great storyline, and very creepy.

July 3rd, 2009, 10:15 pm
The Chocolate Run by Dorothy Koomson 7/10, chick-lit isn't something I read very often but sometimes I'm just in the right mood for something easy and a bit trashy and as far as chick-lit goes this one was pretty good, not quite as predictable or formulaic as some

July 5th, 2009, 1:37 am
The Goose Girl - 10/10

Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (#2) - 9/10

I thought this book was very enjoyable, but I didn't really like Sam. I could go on and on about how much I don't like him, but I don't know how to phrase it :lol:

July 5th, 2009, 11:15 am
First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde - 7.5/10

It was good but not as brilliant as I expected :shrug: The plot was so flimsy at places and got over my head :yuhup:

July 5th, 2009, 12:47 pm
I haven't got as far as First Among Sequels yet, Lilyrose, but I've really liked the ones I've read so far in the Thursday Next series

July 5th, 2009, 5:09 pm
I haven't got as far as First Among Sequels yet, Lilyrose, but I've really liked the ones I've read so far in the Thursday Next series
They are fantastic :agree: Especially Well of Lost Plots and Something Rotten :D

July 5th, 2009, 8:16 pm
just re-read Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. i give it a 7/10. it definitely gets more interesting towards the end, the rest of it's really repetitive.

July 5th, 2009, 9:25 pm
They are fantastic :agree: Especially Well of Lost Plots and Something Rotten :D

Jasper Fforde is amazing! Though it was rather interesting, at the same time I was reading Something Rotten, I was also reading Hamlet for the first time for school. The reference of the title of Something Rotten dawned on me about halfway through the book. :blush:

July 9th, 2009, 8:17 pm
The Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett. Brilliant humour and though provoking points as always. In this women dressing up as men to be allowed into the army, and all the ideas surrounding this. 10/10

The Science of Discworld by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen. Very interesting information about the planet earth, and humour provided by the wizards observations and general narration. 9/10

The Secret of Crickley Hall by James Herbert. Great horror story. The emotion and situations were constructed in a way that communicates the atmosphere and feelings to reader very well, dragging you straight into the story along with the characters and their experiences and feelings. 8/10. (Magic Cottage was an excellent horror story by James Herbert too, 10/10.)

Freak of nature
July 9th, 2009, 8:41 pm
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

8/10 The book that started it all. It is funny booka nd well written. It's just that when one reads it now, when they are older, somethings are just too simple, like Rowling used a short cut or something. I can't really explain it. But the book always has a special place in my heart.

July 9th, 2009, 9:00 pm
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith 9/10

Hysterical, clever, lots of ridiculous zombie fun. And so romantic! :p

July 9th, 2009, 10:57 pm
I've recently just finished two books

The Belgariad (as a series which is made up of 5 books) by David Eddings
8/10 - Great storytelling and an interesting plot, but a few long, and boring parts

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
9/10 - First James Bond book and I thought it was phenomenal, not as much action of the movie, but if you like books, and James Bond, you'll like this novel.

July 10th, 2009, 9:55 pm
The Da Vinci Code - 8/10 - Amazing. Great read all the way through. The movie really lives up to it.

July 11th, 2009, 3:09 pm
I finished Q and A (Slumdog Millionaire) a few weeks ago. It was remarkably different from the film, far more than I had expected, but not in a bad way. I think if they'd based the movie on the book too closely it would have made a very dull and depressing movie. Having said that I found it to be a very interesting and captivating book.

July 12th, 2009, 12:53 am
The Hunger Games: 10/10

It was amazing, and the storyline was very unique. I couldn't put it down, and I'm pretty it's going to be a sereis, so I can't wait for the second! :tu:

July 12th, 2009, 9:54 pm
The Memory Keeper's Daughter- 7/10

It was good but it took me a while to get into and the blurb was rather misleading

Freak of nature
July 12th, 2009, 10:25 pm
If you count manga as a book then 10/10 for NANA. I love the story and it brings me and my bestfriend onto my mind. :)

July 14th, 2009, 11:01 am
The Invisible Man- 7/10

July 14th, 2009, 11:44 am
Just finished reading HBP (just over 12 hours before seeing the movie :p) really enjoyed it a lot this time around. 8.5/10

July 19th, 2009, 3:51 am
A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah


Loved it. It's a non-fiction story about a boy soldier in sierra Leone.

July 19th, 2009, 4:43 am
Specials by Scott Westerfeld


July 21st, 2009, 4:48 am
I've finished Pride and Prejudice yesterday 9/10, a good book :tu:, all the characters are well written and realistic, but it requires a lot of patience to reach the end.

July 23rd, 2009, 4:27 am
Pride and Prejudice--A

I loved it!

July 27th, 2009, 7:06 pm
No Place Like Home - Mary Higgins Clark 9/10. Great read. Can't believe I've never read any more of Mary's books. Loved the twist to this plot, and while I am not usually a fan of first-person books, this was great.

July 28th, 2009, 1:00 am
The Hunger Games - 9/10
Fantastic. It isn't a book that's filled with mindless fluff; it has political undertones, especially with the way the Capitol treats the citizens. It really brings into question the morality of those in power by having teenagers fight to death on live television. I also enjoyed the action sequences and the romantic triangle. Unlike most novels, the triangle is not clear as to who will end up with whom.

July 28th, 2009, 7:45 pm
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: 10/10.

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells: 5/10. This is the most boring book I've read in a long time. It might be that it's only the Norwegian translation, but I thought it was a boring writing style, and little varioation in the language. But it was saved by the exciting end.

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende: 7.5/10. I'm usually not a fan of giving .5 ratings, but this book deserved more than seven, though I didn't think it was good enough to get 8. I wish I had read it 5-6 years ago, I would have loved it. But it would probably not have given me the same message it gave me now: Don't forget the old children's stories, and don't use your power the wrong way.

Airman by Eoin Colfer: 10/10. This book is brilliant! I loved it! It was so much better than I had expected, and I had expected it to be as good as the Artemis Fowl books, and they are really great. If you've read the Artemis Fowl series, or The Supernaturalist (or any of Colfer's books), and liked them, you really should read Airman. It's not fantasy, it's historical fiction, and it's the greatest book I've read in a long, long time. Which says quite a lot, because I've read pretty many great books both this year and last year. But I must say, I agree with the age that was printed on the back of the cover: You shouldn't read it if you're younger than 11, or perhaps 12.

August 3rd, 2009, 6:51 pm
Beautiful Boy by David Sheff.

It's a true story; a father's journey through his son's meth addiction.
I got it recommended by my mum who said it was a very touching and beautiful book, so I expected a lot.
The writing is very dry, though, and there are whole chapters you could just skip and not miss anything.
It was just sad to know that the things that happened were all true, that sort of always gets to me.
But the writing it self. Uhm. Not so much.

August 3rd, 2009, 6:55 pm
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix


Looking back years later, I believe there were certain things that could have been cut from it, but overall fantastic and one of the strongest in the series.

August 3rd, 2009, 7:17 pm
10/10 War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. It was completely thrilling. :eeep:

August 4th, 2009, 4:03 pm
Armageddon Summer: 8/10: Great book, great storyline. Lacking in some places, but I love the switch between characters. Wish there was a bit more romance, but that is just me. The end was sorta weird tho.

Witch Season: Summer and Fall: 9/10. Excellent! Loved this book. I'm trying to find the sequel but I can't :(. Definitely want to end this story.

August 4th, 2009, 6:46 pm
I haven't read all of it yet... but Everything's Eventual by Stephen King is pretty good so far. Interesting stories and what not. 7/10, so far :).

August 5th, 2009, 4:10 am
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens: 9/10

Probably my favorite Dickens novel of the ones I've read - it's long, but filled with (mostly) great characters. It lost a point because the later scenes involving David and Dora were almost painful to read. I get why they were there, but yeech!

August 8th, 2009, 6:48 pm
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy--7/10...it definitely dragged in places and took forever to read because of that. sometimes, i just don't care about hunting or the questions of the universe or farming.

August 8th, 2009, 8:01 pm
Vision in White~Nora Roberts: 6/10. Could've been better.

August 12th, 2009, 10:26 pm
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - 10/10

Now, looking back, I can't get over how much they cut in the film! There are so many good bits in it that were completely over-looked.

August 13th, 2009, 7:23 am
Millenium 1: Men who Hated Women: 7/10. A good thriller, very well written and with a couple of plot twists quite unexpected (well, I guessed one of them, but only 10 pages before, and because there were no more options). Anyway, I wonder if Swedish people's love lives are usually that... busy.

August 13th, 2009, 8:17 am
Turn Coat by Jim Butcher gets a 6/10. Entertaining but nothing special.

The Mask of Apollo by Mary Renault: 9/10 Well-written and stylistically impeccable like everything she wrote. One learns quite a lot about politics and theatre in Ancient Greece.

August 13th, 2009, 6:00 pm
I just reread Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for the about 3795347895th time last night. I hadn't read it in a while, it was kind of weird compared to, like, HBP or Dh :lol:
But so cute, nevertheless.

I give it a 9,5/10

August 13th, 2009, 9:56 pm
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy--7/10...it definitely dragged in places and took forever to read because of that. sometimes, i just don't care about hunting or the questions of the universe or farming.

i'm trying to read it at the moment.. :-/

Jane Austen: A Life - Carol Shields
It was interesting reading about her life, it's kick-started my Austen obsession again! :-D

August 15th, 2009, 2:24 am

It was simply amazing. Its called To Light A Candle and its second book in The Obsidian Triology. It must be one of the best fantasies I've read since LOTR and HP, of course.

August 15th, 2009, 6:55 am
Not a book but for one of my uni classes I have to read a lot of short stories. Last night I read:

The Sandman by ETA Hoffman (9/10. Loved it!)
The Lady With The Little Dog by Anton Chekhov (2/10. Really found it terribly boring)

August 20th, 2009, 12:51 pm
Animal Farm - George Orwell
95 pages of pure excellence <3

August 22nd, 2009, 6:31 pm
For Whom the Bell Tolls-1.5/10

it took me like a week and a half to read, thats the longest i've ever taken to read a 500 page book....i mean honestly, i read DH in a day, and it's much longer.

August 22nd, 2009, 6:48 pm
7/10 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Well, I kind of thought the zombies played a bigger role, but I guess it was okay.

I just reread Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for the about 3795347895th time last night. I hadn't read it in a while, it was kind of weird compared to, like, HBP or Dh :lol:
But so cute, nevertheless.

I give it a 9,5/10
I like that number. :rotfl:

August 24th, 2009, 6:18 am
10/10 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
It was a short read, but it was very well written. I must say I enjoyed it much better than The Great Gatsby. I find it very different from the movie, and it was also somewhat sad. I found the relationship between Benjamin's father and his own son very heart-wrenching. They both treated him in simliar ways. :(

August 25th, 2009, 1:24 am
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. 10/10

oh my god that woman can write. and this story is just beautiful and has an incredibly intricate plot and it is AWESOME.

August 25th, 2009, 9:35 am
"The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" It was really short and easy, so I spent like one hour and a half.... And i'd give him and 7.5, because I don't think it was that good. I liked the movie better (whoa! that's new!).

August 25th, 2009, 2:42 pm
Lord of the Flies by William Golding (about my seventy-eighth annual re-read). I give it a hearty 10/10 for being, impossibly, more amazing than I remembered. Extremely well-written and haunting, with not a single word out of place. One of my favorite books of all time.

I get really excited by symbolism, you see...

August 25th, 2009, 3:51 pm
The Magicians by Lev Grossman...and I suppose it wouldn't be a true rating since I didn't finish the book. I stopped halfway through this incredible yawner.

The book billed as some sort of adult Hogwarts theme is contrived, dull, full of filler, boring, and depressing. One key note in writing fiction of this kind (yes, I'm arrogant enough to presume here) is to create some sort of sympathy with either the protaganists or the events happening. Our alleged "hero" really isn't. He's some sort of self-absorbed/self-involved jerk who whines incessantly about how dull the world is, then when he realizes he's been accepted in a school of magic, (Brakebills) whines incessantly at how dull the school is.

The author tries to invest the reader into the characters but plods on and on about how miserable they are...and you realize you really don't care. The characters themselves are just as unlikable as they behave pretentiously, drinking and drug-using and whining about the fallout from their behaviour.

And as for the supposed school of magic, there was rather little magic than the Hogwarts theme suggests. (And that's not going into how much that was ripped from the Chronicles of Narnia). There are none of the moments filled with wonder that there are in JK Rowlings books.

Pretty much aA waste of money and time. :td:

August 25th, 2009, 5:07 pm
Kashmir: Behind the Vale by M.J. Akbar - 9/10

A beautiful, well-written account of the troubled valley. I was in tears by the end of the book- so gripping and to me at least, very very emotional.

August 27th, 2009, 7:34 am
Footfree and Fancyloose by Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain. 7/10

it was entertaining and engrossing but there was just something about it that made me go "meh." it may possibly be that it was really similar to the sisterhood of the traveling pants (but without, erm, the pants). the characters were interesting and entertaining and you really felt for them (and REALLY wanted them to hook up with their respective boys, which only 2 of them did. i guess that's a shout out to real life there :lol:) but some of the writing was just...uneven, i guess. which is probably hard to avoid when you've got 2 people writing.

August 27th, 2009, 1:40 pm
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

August 27th, 2009, 1:46 pm
Twelfth Night - Shakespear.
The book was told really bad. I prefer the one told by Charles and Mary Lamb. This one was told in about five pages. No details at all. I was glad that whoever told it had remember to mention the characters' names :lol:

August 27th, 2009, 2:13 pm
The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition- Stephen King


I love this book. It links post-apocalyptic lifestyle with the supernatural in a way that I think only Stephen King knows how. It's well told, and although it can be a struggle to read at times, it's worth it!

August 27th, 2009, 11:37 pm
Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer


Brilliant! I loved every single page of it and couldn't get myself to put it down. Witty, smart, cute, funny and sad all at once. With great characters, an interesting, different plot and daring ideas. :tu:

August 28th, 2009, 3:57 am
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold- 6/10
Parts of it seemed to ramble without having a point or it was just not clearly said, but overall it was good. I hope the movie is better.

August 28th, 2009, 5:00 am
Major Barbara by Bernard Shaw 8/10

Good play, I enjoyed it.

August 28th, 2009, 8:27 am
Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer


Brilliant! I loved every single page of it and couldn't get myself to put it down. Witty, smart, cute, funny and sad all at once. With great characters, an interesting, different plot and daring ideas. :tu:

love love LOVE that book. Everything is Illuminated is by him as well and it's equally awesome, you should check it out if you haven't already

August 28th, 2009, 7:29 pm
The Witches by Roald Dahl 9/10. :D I love that book, it really deserves 10, but I give it 9 because I know the Norwegian translator could've done better. I've read far worse, though. :)

August 28th, 2009, 9:01 pm
Arsole Fantüme, Gentleman Immoralist 10/10:clap:

August 29th, 2009, 6:14 am
Turn Coat by Jim Butcher 9/10

It only gets a 9 because it was so predictable. Usually the Dresden books have me at the edge of my seat in suspense, but I figured out who was behind it so early that it disappointed me. I still loved everything else though, I was a bit sad at some parts, but I guess that is to be expected. All in all a great read.

September 1st, 2009, 2:08 am
Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska (for my history class). It was pretty good, but I've read better stories on the same subject. 6/10

September 1st, 2009, 9:04 am
I read The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie and it gets 8/10 for being deconstructive, intelligent fantasy with well-rounded characters.

September 1st, 2009, 10:16 am
High Society by Ben Elton. 9/10. Wonderful like all of his other books :) Very thought-provoking.

September 2nd, 2009, 11:46 pm
I just finished Pride and Prejudice.

I really don't what to think about that book.

September 3rd, 2009, 12:39 am
The Pact by Jodi Picoult: 10/10

I loved this book SO much. It's just fantastic.

September 3rd, 2009, 12:57 am
Interview with the Vampire 10/10. Now this is what I call vampires. :agree:

September 3rd, 2009, 4:34 pm
Good Omens-Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett 10/10 it was hilarious and gripping and just awesome!

September 4th, 2009, 3:28 am
The catcher in the rye I'll give hime a 9.5, 'caz it was awesome. Tha only bad thing in it was that it wasn't longer!

September 5th, 2009, 6:48 pm
The Pact by Jodi Picoult: 10/10

I loved this book SO much. It's just fantastic.

Isn't Jodi just amazing? :clap:

Freak of nature
September 6th, 2009, 12:23 pm
Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris

10/10 I loved the book when I first read it and it definitely hasn't lost it's charm in all these years. I finished it yesterday. It has vampires in it and while it might be a big turn of for most... even some vampire fans. These books are actually well written. And no glittering vamps here!

September 7th, 2009, 3:48 am
The Well of Ascension, by Brandon Sanderson 8/10

Not quite as good as the first, but still really good.

September 7th, 2009, 6:27 am
Isn't Jodi just amazing? :clap:

Definitely! I absolutely worship her!
All the books I've read by her, so far, have been good or amazing, never bad. She's a fantastic author and I was so sad to have finished The Pact. It was just amazing. :D

Hm...I finished these a while ago, but I'll rate them to stay on topic. :D

The Shipping News: 7/10
The writing was a amazing, but the story and plot bored me to no end. However, it is amazingly written. Proulx is a genius.

Wuthering Heights: 9/10
It would have gotten a perfect score, but I was a bit bored and confused at times. It was written perfectly, the story was fantastic, and the characters were extremely memorable. :)

September 11th, 2009, 11:10 am
The Time Traveler's Wife-9/10

September 17th, 2009, 2:39 pm
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil by J.R.R. Tolkien - 10/10. I love Tolkien's songs, even though some of them were pretty dark. If I could sing without breaking all the windows and mirrors in the house, I would sing all the songs to my brother (5) at night, using my own melodies. :D

September 17th, 2009, 9:12 pm
I would give the Magicians by Lev Grossman a 7/10. It had many parts that were totally engrossing and left me thinking about them days later. But there were a few times where I feel that the story had a hard time staying to the plot.

September 18th, 2009, 6:37 pm
The last book I read was Backwards, a Red Dwarf book written by Rob Grant, one of the creators. I give it a 8/10 if you know the TV series. However, if you don't know the TV series, or you haven't read "Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers" and "Better than Life" you should give it a miss

September 21st, 2009, 5:43 am
The Vampire Lestat, series 2 in the vampire chronicles; 7/10. I must admit I lost interest there for awhile, but it did pick back up again. ;)

September 22nd, 2009, 6:20 pm
Roverandom by J.R.R. Tolkien 9/10. :D Great book, I will read this to my brother if I find it in Norwegian. If it's good enough for Tolkiens children, then it's good enough for the children in my life too. ;)

September 23rd, 2009, 7:42 am
Prison and Chocolate Cake by Nayantara Sahgal - 10/10

Magnificent book. Amazing to see India's independence and get acquainted with the greatest of India's leaders, from the point of view of a young woman. This is a classic case of when non-fiction is much more fascinating than fiction :tu::tu:

Freak of nature
September 23rd, 2009, 7:48 am
9/10 for Living Dead in Dallas (By Charlaine Harris).
Sometimes I felt like there was too much happening, buty in the end I enjoyed reading the book very much.

September 23rd, 2009, 4:24 pm
6.5/10 - The Lost Years of Merlin series by T.A. Baron.

The series was a fun and entertaining read, but somewhat predictable in places (though I admit the books are geared toward younger readers, so that may be why they were just "ok" to me).

September 24th, 2009, 1:42 am
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder - 8.5/10
Very enjoyable, and I liked the characters, but I found the writing a bit messy in places.

September 24th, 2009, 2:01 pm
Anybody Out There by Marian Keyes. It's so sad! 10/10

September 24th, 2009, 5:55 pm
Miss Marple's Final Cases - 5.5/10.

Disappointingly below-par set of stories from Agatha Christie. Or did I expect too much? Either way, the pace, the thrill and the masterly logic, typical of Christie's works was missing in this book :td:

September 24th, 2009, 6:08 pm
I am not a fan of poetry but I have the book "Dancing the dream" written by Michael Jackson since I think 16 years...

So I am reading it again now I am better in english and must say if you like poetry and such writting probably will enjoy Michael Jackson´s thinkings, feelings and poetry it was absolutely beautiful.

10/10, beautiful beautiful book en every way

September 28th, 2009, 3:01 am
Looking for Alaska by John Green. 6.5/10

My sister loved this book, but I found it slow at times, plus I could guess the ending from even before half way through the book. But Some parts where interesting.

October 1st, 2009, 12:41 pm
The Science of Discworld II: The Globe and The Science of Discworld III: Darwin's Watch, both by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen. Very informative and enlightening, great humour uaually provided by the Discworld Wizards (and The Librarian). 10/10 for both.

October 5th, 2009, 5:08 am
1984 by Eric Arthur Blair (a.k.a. George Orwell) 10/10

Finished rereading it. The characters are so realistic. Orwell paints a nightmarish vision of humanity that certainly makes you think. I'd recommend this book to anyone who hasn't already read it.

October 5th, 2009, 10:56 am
More Twisted by Jeffery Deaver. Excellent collection of mystery crime thriller, short-stories. Each story has a great twist at the end, which gives a brilliant sense curosity, suspense and surprise. Unlike his longer novels the characters don't have the time to create a connection with them, but he still manages to give just the right amount of information to create the impression that the reader is seeing a snap-shot of a muti-layered personality nonetheless. 9/10

October 7th, 2009, 1:58 pm
Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah: Tragic Hero of Kashmir by Ajit Bhattacharjea.

8/10. Well-researched and earnestly written, but too much like a text book :whistle: I felt it was devoid of emotion at the right places - there were points that could have been elaborated, decriptions that could have been written so as to make one teary-eyed, but that didn't happen. This is the biography of an epic leader, but that 'epic' proportion wasn't there fully enough. But still, it was a rewarding read about a very intriguing figure in Indian politics.

A major minus for the book- horrible editing. Sack the copy editor. Now! While reading through just once( without the aim of finding errors), I found more than 15 mistakes. Surely, people who are paid to do that job can do much better! :no:

October 9th, 2009, 2:54 am
Catching Fire: The Second Book in the Hunger Games:
By Suzanne Collins

Almost as good as the first, but not quite! Every chapter kept me wanting to read more, with cliff-hangers sprinkled throughout the entire book. Such an awful one at the end, though. Now I want the third, and last, book to come out so I can find out what happens.

I highly recommended this book. It's a bit morbid, but is very unique and has an interesting storyline. Try to read the first though, it's simply called The Hunger Games.. I would try this because the second will be very hard to understand if you don't.