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July 07 2017

Ruzká klazika by Daniel Majling Pavol wants to read Ruzká klazika by Daniel Majling

July 06 2017

More Fool Me by Stephen Fry Pavol gave 3 stars to More Fool Me (Paperback) by Stephen Fry
bookshelves: diary, humor, memoir, art, non-fiction
It would be bootless to deny the wit and wisdom of even the more off-the-cuff remarks SF can make. And what could save a weary, world-traveling poppet stranded at an airport better than to bask in the mellifluous voice of Stephen Fry in their head as he gently cavorts, cajoles, and coaxes one down his memory lane?

Still though, once he disposes of the surprising (Fry was a coke fiend!? oh my! 15 years!?), there is a sense of energy deflating, somehow, as we hear anecdotes about the P.o.W. and what a super fellow in excellent form this bint or that cove was at that social function. Everybody is marvelous all the time, oh, poo, here I go again doing another gram of the devil's dandruff!

My word and then the decision to include a segment of couple of months worth of mostly unedited diary entries from 1993, though representative they were of what he described before, leaves you scratching your head as you power through them (one third of the book!), was this not in the least slightly lazy? And, dare I say it, boring?

And what happened afterwards? We never get beyond mid-90s. Is a fourth volume of memoirs in the offing? Do we need it? Why couldn't more time have been covered here?

July 03 2017

The Treatment by Mo Hayder Pavol gave 4 stars to The Treatment (Jack Caffery, #2) by Mo Hayder
bookshelves: crime, ebooks, fiction, thriller
This book has moved almost imperceptibly from crime thriller into crime horror territory without missing a beat. Unnerving, excellent. Hayder's won me over, she weaves the threads of nightmares and makes you want to come back for more.
The Treatment by Mo Hayder
"Whilst not my favourite Hayder book, this is still a solid 4 star read and a brilliant installment in the Jack Caffrey series.

I believe that the power of Hayder's writing lies in her raw and unapologetic presentation of crime, landscape and character. She never shows or tells the reader anything, but displays it in a 'warts-and-all' style that I find shocking and yet brilliant. Nothing feels hidden and no character is favored or protected. And yet I still manage to feel affinity towards the main, and yet completely flawed, protagonist and differentiate between the conflicting sides of each case.

Crime fiction has to do a lot, these days, to feel new, as it is a very over-populated genre. It says something about this book that it still has the power to shock and compel, despite being written and set almost two decades ago. It still has a fresh and modern feel as Hayder depicts city life with a grace and beauty, and yet a rawness and honesty, that is just as impactful and relevant today.

Each case is sickening and yet inventive, each criminal is monstrous and yet shrewd and each book manages to traverse the fine line between crime and horror with an almost lyrical quality to the writing that gives me a never appeased appetite for more!"

July 01 2017

Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon Pavol Hardos is on page 164 of 368 of <a href="/book/show/6920909-await-your-reply">Await Your Reply</a>.
More Fool Me by Stephen Fry Pavol Hardos is on page 140 of 400 of <a href="/book/show/25354740-more-fool-me">More Fool Me</a>.
More Fool Me by Stephen Fry Pavol is currently reading More Fool Me by Stephen Fry
Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood Pavol wants to read Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

June 28 2017

Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon Pavol Hardos is on page 101 of 368 of <a href="/book/show/6920909-await-your-reply">Await Your Reply</a>.
Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon Pavol is currently reading Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon

June 25 2017

Typické dievča by Marianne Grabrucker Pavol Hardos is on page 66 of 270 of <a href="/book/show/35068653-typick-diev-a">Typické dievča</a>.
Adam Smith by Nicholas Phillipson Pavol Hardos is on page 92 of 352 of <a href="/book/show/12886613-adam-smith">Adam Smith</a>.

June 22 2017

Pavol Hardos is now following Denisa Ballová

June 20 2017

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
"Beautifully narrated, alive, mythical and cutting. It would be difficult to overstate how much I enjoyed reading this book. I'll miss you, Penelope."

June 16 2017

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Pavol gave 5 stars to The Handmaid's Tale (Paperback) by Margaret Atwood
bookshelves: feminism, fiction, fantasy, dystopia
*slow clap*
Fantastic, beautiful, unnerving. Deserves all the praise and more.

Faith is only a word, embroidered.
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