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Double Read-Along – Wrap-up and Reviews

Starting 1st September, Double read-along began with The Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne Du Maurier and The End of Mr. Y.

The two is as different as heaven and earth with different genre; one classic, one contemporary; different settings, one gothic, another exists both in the contemporary world and the world of minds but both contains an element of mysteries.

It took me quicker to finish the Frenchman’s Creek than The End of Mr. Y and based on my reviews you will know where my preference lies.

Time certainly flies, the reviews are due to be published today, Sunday the 18th September and as I collate them I will keep adding on to the list.

Frenchman’s Creek

  1. JoV’s Frenchman’s Creek review
  2. Diane@Bibliophile by the Sea’s reviewAs with DuMaurier’s previous novels, this one is also very atmospheric. Both the weather and descriptiveness of place drew me in big time. There are so many beautiful passages about nature, adventure and love. At first I didn’t care for Lady Dona as she seemed like a spoiled-society brat, but then suddenly I began to admire her boldness. Hop over to Diane’s blog and read the full post!
  3. Bina@Ifyoucanreadthis’ review : So this novel is quite fantastic if you enjoy romances and swashbuckling fun, but even if you tend to avoid books like that, make an exception for Frenchman’s Creek.
The End of Mr. Y
  1. JoV’s The End of Mr. Y review
  2. Judith@Leeswammes’ review : In the end, I did enjoy reading the book and when I closed it I was satisfied that I’d read a good book. But I was very different from what I expected. Hop over to Judith’s blog and read the full post!
  3. Vishy’s review: I discovered this aspect of Thomas’ writing while reading ‘PopCo’ where Thomas takes the reader into mathematics and cryptography, and in ‘The End of Mr.Y’, Thomas goes even further and covers a wide range of subjects. I think that is a wonderful strength of the book. However, if one is not used to reading about a lot of science or philosophy in a novel, this might put off some readers. It worked for me wonderfully though.
I like to thank everyone who have read one of these books with me. I very much appreciate it. 🙂
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A bookaholic that went out of control.... I eat, sleep and breathe books. Well, lately I do other stuff.

Discussion

9 thoughts on “Double Read-Along – Wrap-up and Reviews

  1. Sorry Jo, I thought I was to post it on the 15th, so her is a link to my review of Frenchman’s Creek – good book I thought.

    http://bibliophilebythesea.blogspot.com/2011/09/frenchmans-creek-daphne-dumaurier.html

    Posted by Diane@BibliophileBytheSea | September 18, 2011, 1:12 am
    • Diane,
      Don’t apologise! 🙂 I wasn’t checking when I posted it at wee hour, otherwise I would have added the link. Thank you so much for reading this along with me. I enjoy reading this one. 🙂

      Posted by JoV | September 18, 2011, 6:57 pm
  2. Thanks for hosting the read-along, Jo! I enjoyed reading ‘The End of Mr.Y’. Just finished it in the nick of time 🙂 I will post my review tomorrow and send you the link.

    Posted by Vishy | September 18, 2011, 6:19 pm
  3. Thanks for hosting the readalongs, Jo! It was fun 🙂

    Posted by Bina | September 18, 2011, 9:26 pm

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0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

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JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Mockingjay
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City


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