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Name : Alexis S.

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Dramatic, Interesting, Informative
Tells the story of Anna, a servant, in a small town near London. As the plague ravages their town, the town begins a self-imposed quarantine.

The story doesn't sound thrilling, but it turned out to be much better than I expected. I enjoy historical fiction, and this one was well-written. The langauge Brooks uses gives the book the "feel" of a period peice, as does the subject matter (obviously). There are MANY plot twists, and while the book seems to plod along unnecessarily at times, the conclusion is satisfying, and I felt my time well spent in reading this novel

 
Fun, Optimistic
Boring and predictable

A typical romantic based novel, with little more substance. The conflicts and outcomes were predictable, the characters unlikable, nothing in this book captured my attention.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
 
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
I enjoyed it, but not for everyone

I really liked this book - I have a tendency to miss the twists and surprises until they're revealed, so it left me delighted and surprised throughout. I thought it was rich and full of intrigue, and I loved the shifting POV/narrator technique - it absoloutley made me feel as though I was IN the book. I thought it started slowly, but once Margaret meets Vida in person, it picked up for me. However, it's not for everyone - this book is gothic in style and harkens back to Victorian literature. It even takes its cues from old classics such as those written by the Bronte sisters. If you don't like literature that's dark, gothic, and in that style, skip it. Otherwise, this book was a fun and intriguing read.

The Rum Diary: A Novel by Hunter S. Thompson
 
Slow, Gloomy, Boring
A good first Thompson novel

I have not read anything else by Thompson, so I can't say if this is good based on his other works. I really enjoyed this book. Thompson's Gonzo style drew me in to the story, and Paul Kemp's observations on the world around him while he sat around, full of rum and strong opinions, but without any motivation to actually do anything, were highly entertaining, and sometimes shocking. A good way to dip your toes in the water of Gonzo journalism and Hunter S Thompson without getting in over your head of the drug-addled world of Fear and Loathing.

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