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I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
 
Dramatic, Beautiful, Inspiring
Would have been original in the 40s when it was written

Kind of predictable now. Teenage angst in the first person.

Possession by A. S. Byatt
 
Gloomy
Author hates academia...

This is a well-written book about British academia. But the academics are boring, selfish, and some are just plain nasty while being isolated in their jealous protection of their reputations. I couldn't care about any of them. And yet, when the author writes in the characters of a quirky couple who help put some of the puzzle together, I got caught up in their story. So, I will try the author again. She writes well. I just hope she likes the characters in her other books better.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous, Addictive
You have to have the right sense of humor but...

if you do, any of Fforde's books are awesome. This one is the most complex to date, and yet delightfully enetertaining.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Romantic, Adventurous
Holds up over time...

One of the original as well as classic murder mysteries. Totally engrossing.

People of the Book: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
 
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
What can I say...

I just don't think this author writes well. It is a great story, and yet I find the writing plodding.

March by Geraldine Brooks
 
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic
Ugh!

Again...I have now learned that I don't need to waste any more time with this author. Her writing is uninspired. There were no new insights into anything about the time period. Everything was predictable and rather stereotyped to fit the 21st century's mores. Character development was almost nil. The way we found out about a character was that the aouthor told us they were such and such, not by anything in the story telling. Predictable noble slave, evil slavedriver, confused hero. Blah! Blah! Blah!

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