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Re: What is the last book you read, and your rating?

Post by Lib - » 05 Sep 2019, 17:38

The last book I read was entitled We Are Voulhire: The Knights of Chalethire by Matthew Tysz. This book was a science fiction - fantasy and I rated it a 2 out 0f 4 stars because it was hard to follow the ideas and plot line.

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Post by Redlegs » 05 Sep 2019, 21:02

Two more books completed.

First, in her brave and compelling debut novel of 2017, Terra Nullius, Claire G Coleman, an indigenous Australian writer who identities as a Noongar woman, writes a story, only thinly disguised as science fiction, of the displacement of this nation's first peoples since British colonisation in the late 18th century.

This is a thought-provoking debut, competently if a little clumsily presented at times, overt and justifiably angry in its political and racial intent, but one that is very enjoyable and engaging.

4 stars out of 5

Secondly, The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith (1766) is a relatively short and quaint melodrama about the Reverend Charles Primrose (who narrates the tale), his wife Deborah and their six children. His older daughters, Olivia and Sophia, who are approaching marriageable age, have particular prominence in the story.

Fairly shallow, melodramatic and predictable, it held some interest but ultimately provided little literary satisfaction.

3 stars out of 5
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Post by Melodygelm98 » 06 Sep 2019, 02:11

My absolute favourite book is "after". It's a serie and has multiple books. Typical teenage romance books. I give it a 4 out of 4 stars personally. Absolutely loved it :D it has also been made into a movie recently, the movie was good but not as good as the book. The movie was also altered so it suited a younger adience whith a result that a lot of important details where left out or altered. :( but i really recommend the book!!

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Post by books_andpoetrii » 08 Sep 2019, 06:28

The Orb by Tara Basi. I gave it 2 out of 4 stars.

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Post by Inmortalbooklover » 08 Sep 2019, 08:13

Just finished Anne Frank´s Diary and I would give it a 4/4

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Post by Redlegs » 08 Sep 2019, 21:30

The Government Inspector by Nikolay Gogol is a short, amusing play on one of Gogol's favourite subjects - the incompetence and idiocy of Russian provincial bureaucracy.

Set in a small town, the play features various local officials, shopkeepers and citizens. It is rumoured that a government inspector is coming to town to prepare a report for the central government in St Petersburg, and these officials, who are all complicit in corruption, nepotism and abuse of office mistake a travelling scoundrel for the said Government Inspector.

In a manner that is timeless in comedies involving mistaken identity, these local rogues go out of their way to curry favour with this scoundrel, who quickly realises what is happening and exploits the situation to his maximum advantage.

All very predictable of course, but highly amusing to the point of slap-stick farce, this is typical of Gogol and a lot of fun. 4 stars out of 5
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Post by paraphelion » 09 Sep 2019, 22:33

I finished reading The Chain by Adrian McKinty just a few days ago and I'd give it a solid 4/4. It was suspenseful, there were a few unexpected plot twists, and the writing was overall very well done.

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Post by Reynaa » 10 Sep 2019, 00:24

You're All Mine, by Ruth Harrow. 2/4 rating.
It is a psychological thriller about a social media celebrity designer who is being stalked and harassed, causing her life to spin out of control.
The main character is portrayed as weak, naive and sometimes just completely oblivious. It's frustrating for me to read books like this. Also, many things happen that the main character seems to second guess and write off when it is obvious that it is important to the plot. I felt like the author made things too obvious and I struggled through finishing the story.

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Post by kiaraciraku » 11 Sep 2019, 02:51

Just finished 1984 by G. Orwell. It has affected deeply the way that I see life and politics (especially communism). I would give an strong 9/10 because it gets repetitive at times.

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Post by Y0landa » 12 Sep 2019, 09:18

The last book I read was "Geraldine" by Edmund Aristone. I rated it 3 out of 4 stars. I thought it was a great read, but I felt the story was moving a bit too fast, not allowing readers to get to know the two main characters more in-depth.

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Post by Lib - » 12 Sep 2019, 12:12

I just finished reading and reviewing We Are Voulhire: The Knights of Chalethire by Matthew
Tysz and I rated it 2 out of 4 stars. It is for fans of science fiction/fantasy. I found it hard to read and follow.

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The Neighbour at Number 18: Reload - 1 out of 4 stars.

The story itself has potential, unfortunately, there are many grammatical errors that disrupt the reading flow.
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Post by jvillalobosm86 » 15 Sep 2019, 02:18

Dragons of Eden, by Carl Sagan. I go with a 4 out of five. The book does wonders in bringing the scientific view to the layman. Only reason I don't give it a perfect score is due to the sometimes unrealistic optimism it has, compared to the world of 20 years after the book was published. However, Sagan is an author I highly recommend even for the young ones.

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Post by Redlegs » 15 Sep 2019, 21:03

Two more books finished over the weekend. Firstly, Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre (1938) combines the author's reflections on the philosophy of existentialism within a shallow plot detailing the daily social interactions and thoughts of aspiring novelist, Antoine Roquentin.

I won't claim to have understood it all, but it's a book I'm glad I read, despite the fact that it didn't really thrill me. 3.5 stars out of 5.

Secondly, The Firm by John Grisham is a fast-paced, mass circulation novel with an improbable plot, dreadful characters and shabby dialogue which continually stretches the reader's suspension of incredulity.

Mitchell Y McDeere, an apparently brilliant law student, joins a Memphis law firm on graduation, where he is promised opportunity and riches in return for hard work, long hours and unquestioning loyalty. But all is not as it seems - the Firm is a front for illegal Mafia activity, and all of the senior partners are complicit in its secret.

Grisham keeps the plot fairly racing along, but it's mostly implausible and it doesn't pay to think to deeply about events. 3 stars out of 5
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Post by Browneh » 15 Sep 2019, 21:07

I just finished "The Good Samaritan" by John Marrs.

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