The Big Book Review Top 100 Books…. and a few more

10Feb/100

Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen FieldingTop 100 Book: Number 68

Star Rating:: **

Quick Review:: You must have been stuck in a cave somewhere for the last 10 years if you haven’t heard of Bridget Jones’s Diary! A major movie starring Renee Zellweger as the unlucky in love, eternal spinster Bridget Jones.

So you have seen the film, what about the book? It’s fairly true to the script, a few differences in events and timelines but essentially the same set of characters and the same ending! But I did not enjoy this book at all and am quite surprised it is in the top 100. Fielding’s style of narrative irritated me immensely. I can’t quite describe here what I mean by it, but believe me it is grating after a while.

But moving on to the actual story itself, very cutesy, very funny and very chick flick. I am not surprised it was made into a film. The story follows Bridget Jones a ‘typical’ single woman living in London always conscious of her weight and looks. The character of Bridget is the type that makes you cringe with all her mishaps and misfortune. Completely besotted by her boss Daniel (Hugh Grant) the story follows her trials and tribulations in trying to seduce the boss and deal with the things life throws at her along the way.

The story itself is well written and flows very nicely; it is very warm and cosy and ends how you imagine it will. I just couldn’t wait to finish it though the annoying narrative killed any warmth I had towards the story itself. I haven’t read the sequel yet but I imagine it’s more of the same. I am definitely more a fan of the film then the book in this case!

9Dec/090

The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

Top 100 Book: Number 19

Star Rating:: ***

Quick Review:: Now a successful film the Time Traveler's wife is the story of Henry and Clare. Henry has a condition which means that he travels through time regularly and is unable to control it so he goes forward and backwards without any control! I likened it to Journeyman if anyone has seen it. This book tells the story of Clare and Henry in a diary style as they meet at various points through Henry's travels.

A wonderful concept which would have been more highly recommended if it had been around 200 pages less. It got a little repetitive and seemed to keep going over the same stories again and again. The beginning and the end were very well written, lose some of the mindless middle dribble and it would have been a much more enjoyable read.

Detailed Review:: *SLIGHT PLOT SPOILERS*

12Nov/080

Enchantress of Florence – Salman Rushdie

Enchantress of Florence

Enchantress of Florence

Not Recommended By Anyone, Just Fancied Reading it :)

Star Rating:: **

Quick Review::

The Mogor Dell’Amore arrives at the door of The Emperor Akbar claiming to be an ambassador from England with a message from the Queen herself. This young blond haired visitor captivates the Emperor with his tales of a foreign land and his claim of being the son of Qara Koz a kinswoman of the emperor……. But are his stories just make believe?

Detailed Review:: *SLIGHT PLOT SPOILERS*

18Oct/080

Wicked – Gregory Maguire

Wicked - Gregory Maguire

Wicked - Gregory Maguire

Recommended by :: Sarah W

Star Rating:: **

Quick Review::

Politics, Sex and Murder sums up Gregory Maguire’s take on Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Not my cup of tea….. A meaty 400 odd pages of quite frankly boring dribble between characters. The book attempts to show the Wicked Witch of the West in a different light but it fails to make an impact on me.

Detailed Review:: *SLIGHT PLOT SPOILERS*