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  1. PaulGM's Reading

    V2 Robert Harris Harris is often praised for his meticulously researched novels. Personally, I could not care less if the V2 rockets landed exactly where he says they did, destroyed that number of buildings or killed that many people. Here, he seems to have forgotten that it is characters that drive novels. The two main protagonists in V2, Rudi Graf, a German scientist with dreams of getting a rocket to the moon and Kay Caton-Walsh an air force officer who desperately want to do something to aid the war effort are both pretty forgettable and seem thin. Despite the similarities with the characters in Munich or Fatherland (disaffected Germans caught up in the Nazi regime, usually) they don't have the same depth and I never really felt I cared for either of them. Similarly, the plot just doesn't grip you. Especially compared to the heart-pounding conclusion to Fatherland, the novel just seems to bumble along, more obsessed with how the rockets flew and what could go wrong with them than the peril faced by the characters. Even when Graf falls into the hands of the SS, I didn't care that much! The writing is fine; the section where Kay wanders through London after narrowly surviving a rocket attack is well done and Harris has written some crackers - the aforementioned Munich and Fatherland spring to mind - but, unfortunately, V2 is not one of them. 6/10
  2. I've been keeping a log of what I read this year on my phone, saw this forum joined and thought I may as well keep it here... If I rate ones I read earlier in the year out of 10 Bridge of Clay - Marcus Zusak (6) If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things - John McGregor (9) Various Haunts of Men - Susan Hill (8) Vox - Christina Dalcher (4) Life After Life - Kate Atkins (8) Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood (9) Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys (8) Being Dead - Jim Crace (9) Transcription - Kate Atkins (8) Klara and the Sun - Kazuo Ishiguro (10) Oryx and Crayke - Margaret Atwood (9) The Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro (DNF) Blue Eyed Boy - Joanne Harris (9) Been lucky so far this year. Apart from Buried Giant, which I just found dull and like it was trying too hard and Vox - which was poorly written and had a spectacularly badly conceived ending - I've read some wonderful books. Klara and the Sun is easily my favourite of the year so far.
  3. Andrea in 2021

    She is brilliant. If you haven't already try 'Gentlemen and Players' and then 'Blue-eyed Boy', they're both very good.
  4. PaulGM's Reading

    Like if The Handmaid's Tale had been made into a film directed by Michael Bay starring Jason Statham and Kate Hudson. That kind of disappointed.
  5. PaulGM's Reading

    Thanks for the welcome Hayley. I can't recommend Klara and the Sun highly enough. It's as good as Never Let Me Go (It might even be better... now that's a bold statement for me) and made me cry in places! Bridge of Clay is totally different to The Book Thief to the point where it seem like it has been written by a different author, or at least it did to me. I went in to it wanting something similar to TBT, which might be why I was disappointed. It's a very 'male' book.
  6. I recommend Rotherweird. I keep meaning to read the others in the series; it's bonkers but brilliant.