Author: Colin Marks

  • Review: Fight Club

    Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk My rating: 5 of 5 stars I read this after seeing the film, so the twist element was hugely ruined. But, still a great read: fast, succinct, excellently written… View all my reviews

  • Review: The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

    The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is an interesting attempt to fictionalise a business book; interesting, though I’m not sure entirely successful. The storyline anchors the advice into the real world, showing how processes should be constantly reviewed and how the naysayers can […]

  • Review: The Stepford Wives

    The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin My rating: 4 of 5 stars Good writing, the build up was well crafted, but, even 40 years later with the huge advance in technology, the plausibility is distracting. View all my reviews

  • Review: Station Eleven

    Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel My rating: 5 of 5 stars Note: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in place of an honest review. Straight off, without faffing around, I’ll confess that I loved this book. When I first heard about it, I thought, “ah, the world needs another trilogy […]

  • Review: The Story Of Lucy Gault

    The Story Of Lucy Gault by William Trevor My rating: 4 of 5 stars ‘The Story of Lucy Gault’ was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize way back in 2002, and like anything shortlisted for a prestigious award, you know the quality will be there: the writing was crisp, the characters unique and a well […]

  • Review: Full Dark, No Stars

    Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King My rating: 4 of 5 stars This novella collection was a mixed bag. All were written with Stephen King’s usual relaxed and readable style, but a few felt lazy, as though he rushed them down without exploring and developing the what-if’s like he normally does. Fair Extension is […]

  • Review: Jeeves and the Wedding Bells

    Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks My rating: 4 of 5 stars Note: I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in place of an honest review. I must confess I’ve never read Wodehouse. He’s one of the authors who’s persistently remained midway on my to-read list, keeping Chekhov and Elmore […]

  • Review: Digging to America

    Digging to America by Anne Tyler My rating: 5 of 5 stars I read Anne Tyler’s ‘Accidental Tourist’ many years ago, so long ago that I wouldn’t be able to remember the plot if the film hadn’t refreshed my memory. But one thing I clearly remember about that novel was quality of the writing – […]

  • Review: American Psycho

    American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis My rating: 5 of 5 stars View all my reviews

  • Review: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

    Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams My rating: 4 of 5 stars I was really looking forward to this book. I reread Hitchhikers recently and have watched the Stephen Mangan’s Dirk Gently production and loved them both. As an aside, I provided the crew’s electricity for the fish and chip shop scene. A […]