His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman [Review]

The world he creates is completely emersive and you almost absorb his words rather than read them, you care deeply about his “good” characters and hate deeply, at least initially his “bad” ones. Why the quote marks, around “bad” and “good”? well you really need to read the books to know why, without me spoiling it, but suffice it to say, the line between good and bad is down to your point of view.

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The No1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith [Wayback Wednesday Review]

Wayward daughters. Missing Husbands. Philandering partners. Curious conmen. If you’ve got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s only – and finest – female private detective. Her methods may not be conventional, and her manner not exactly Miss Marple, but she’s got warmth, wit and canny intuition on her side, not to mention Mr J.L.B. Maketoni, the charming proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. And Precious is going to need them all as she sets out on the trail of a missing child, a case that tumbles our heroine into a hotbed of strange situations and more than a little danger …Delightfully different, THE NO.1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY offers a captivating glimpse of an unusual world.

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Thursday Next Series by Jasper Fforde

I read, quite happily, grinning at all the correct places, until… Well as I said they’re hard books to explain, but suffice it to say, I started to giggle, then chortle, then made that spluttering noise you make, when you’re tying to reign in your laughter, because people are beginning to look at you funny, closed my eyes, took some deep breaths, and eventually opened my eyes again and slowly turned round to see who I was going to have to bribe with coffee to keep quiet…

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