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You won’t be disappointed

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-2020

For Hunger Games fans this book is a strong prequel to the series. I found it an engaging, plot-driven book. For me the book’s real strength is the character development of Coriolanus Snow. The book is really about knowing Snow’s backstory and how it shaped the future Panem president’s political motivations. I thought Collins’ wrote Snow’s internal world masterfully. The plot does lag a bit halfway through though following an unexpected plot twist but by then I was committed to finding out the conclusion of Snow’s backstory so I was happy to persevere.

Great read but disappointing that the female character are written in a fairly sexist way.

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-12-2019

This is a pretty good fantasy book but annoyingly it is fairly sexist when it comes to portraying women. The two love interests to the main character are one who acts fairly slutty and another who is a saint-like creature that has taken a vow of silence and sent to soothe him sexually. Reads like a teenage boy’s sexual fantasy. As a female it’s just irritating and puts you off. However, if I ignore that weakness of the book I can say that the author has created a fairly interesting, imaginative world.

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Great introduction to modern Chinese history

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-09-2019

This is a great introduction to modern Chinese history well told by a very knowledgeable academic. The only sticking point is the number of personal anecdotes interjected into the lectures. Although they did give you an insight into what China would have been like on the street during historical moments they were delivered with a generous serve of self-indulgence a lot of the time.

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Great summer read

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-2018

I chose this audio book for my beach holiday. A great fast-paced feel good read. Excellent performance too. I expect this book will be turned into a movie

It is hard to like a book full of awful people

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-09-2017

I had high expectations for this book because of the acclaim it has received in Australia but it is hard to like a book when so many of the characters are awful people if not frankly, repulsive. The idea of the book - focusing around the morality of The Slap - was enough for me to persevere with it but I wouldn't recommend it.

This book is one of my all time faves

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-09-2016

I love this book, first read it as a teenager and enjoyed rereading/listening to it again. It is a great story and also has a lot of depth for anyone interested in the lives of the ancient Romans.

Nineteenth century melodrama - give it a miss

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-09-2016

I was curious it read the book because I loved the movie as a kid but I just couldn't get through it. It is verbose, preachy and the characters are two dimensional.

Snore

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-2015

This guy has some sexual obsession with lactating women. His lengthy and frequent descriptions of the nursemaid breast feeding were nauseating. Kind of out me off the book. Rather dull. Give it a miss

Lacks narrative flair

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-2015

This book is filled with great information but reads a bit too much like research notes, quite dry.

Too Long

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-2015

I loved Mantel's Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies so I was keen to see what she would do with the French Revolution. Unfortunately I never found out the ending it is just way way too long.

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