“Most of the group really enjoyed this story including those reading it for a second time. All of us found the information about leprosy, its treatment and Spinalonga really interesting. A couple of readers thought that parts of the book felt a little rushed or had other small reservations” Average score 8.36
“Whilst the group acknowledged that the book was clever and inventive all found it just too confusing with the large number of characters and the way it jumped from one day to another. Most felt that it was a long slog to read although a few readers did quite enjoy it overall” Average score 4.4
We were discussing ' Ordinary Thunderstorms' by William Boyd. Our score was 8.75 out of 10.
Some comments were; 'I enjoyed it and kept looking forward to the next part' 'Initially I kept wondering why Adam, after finding Wang dying ,decided the best option was to buy a tent and camping stove and become homeless' 'I then revised my opinion after discussing the book with my husband and he agreed he would hide!' 'I enjoyed the book very much, it kept my interest and I wanted to know what was happening with each person. However it was a little too detailed in some places.'
'Why did he pull the knife out?...He was such an intelligent man , he should have known this was the worst thing to do.' We had a general discussion about the 'knife incident'. Someone thought it was because the scientist wanted to die quickly and knew this would speed up the process. Someone else thought that he knew he would be targeted and killed anyway so there was no point trying to survive. We all felt that Adam totally p...
This book achieved consistently good scores and all of the group enjoyed the story and the descriptions of the Australian outback and way of life. A few readers felt that it was a bit overlong and that the denouement was a little unrealistic.
“Most of the group found this memoir interesting and some really enjoyed it but others found it hard to read due to the subject matter. A few of the group thought that the book was a bit overlong or found sections hard to believe, but all were impressed with what she had achieved.” Average score 7.92
This month were were reviewing 'The Children Act' by Ian McEwan. This book certainly gave us some food for thought and lots to discuss. Murial and Kathy were not able to join us but sent me their scores out of 10 and a few of their thoughts which I will add in.The overall score was 7.5 out of 10. Our scores this month ranged from 3 all the way up to 10 out of 10 , so quite diverse feelings about this book.
Some comments were:
'I struggled to read this, it didn't draw you in' 'The book made me think alot. Interesting twist about the judge deciding Adam must have a transfusion and so the family were overjoyed that he could live' 'The parents feelings that they had followed God's word and the decision was taken out of their hands.They were absolved of any responsibility and could still hold their heads up to the church community ' 'There is a Chinese proverb that says "if you save a life , you are responsible for that life" which I feel is what happened with the judge' 'I didn't enjoy it and wo...
“A few of the group took a while to get into this book but most enjoyed the story and were interested in the depiction of the harsh life of the Canadian settlers and the difficulties of being a gay man in that era. Some readers struggled to relate to the characters or felt that they were unconvincingly portrayed”
We discussed the book 'Dissolution ' by C.J.Sansom. We gave the book a high score of 9.6 out of 10!
Some of the comments were:
'I thought it was a historical novel, not a detective novel' 'It was well written and flowed' 'It was eloquently written with evocative descriptions' 'Lots of new vocabulary...dictionaries at the ready!' 'I really wanted to keep reading , it drew you in' ' I read a few pages and decided it was not for me' 'The torture descriptions were horrible but food for thought about the horrors of the time' 'I have enjoyed it and it was interesting to read about the period...but...a bit like a Midsommer Murder!' 'I will definitely read more in the series of books''