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Clare O’Farrell’s blog on books, TV, films, Michel Foucault, universities etc. etc.

My rating: *

I have put up a review of this rather dire book simply as an excuse to introduce the only social networking site I have found to be of any use – Goodreads. This site allows you to keep a record of the books you read and to share your ratings and reviews of these books with friends. It also provides a handy html version of your posts for inclusion in your blog. In fact, I can credit Goodreads with giving me the idea for setting up this blog in the first place. Once I started keeping records of the books I read, I then wanted to record the films and television I watched as well. Unfortunately the film site corresponding to Goodreads, Flickstr, has a really horrible interface. In any case, it begins to get messy once you start proliferating sites. Keeping everything together in one place is much more manageable.

The other excuse for this post is that it allows me to include another lolcat.

The Ancaster Demons The Ancaster Demons by Norman Russell

My review

The first page and a half is a riff on ‘It was a dark and stormy night’ – but the novel does not live up to its gothic promise. It reads curiously like notes for a novel. It is devoid of heart and conviction as though the author were writing its cliché characters and situations almost absent-mindedly to formula. I didn’t bother finishing but skipped through to see what happened at the end – which was of course predictable.

A story about the cat below would possibly have been more interesting.

My rating: ****

funny pictures

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