One of my absolute favourite musicians, and also a fantastic author! While this is all about his past experiences, it is fantastically written and incOne of my absolute favourite musicians, and also a fantastic author! While this is all about his past experiences, it is fantastically written and incredibly intriguing, as it gives a nice insight into his life and his music. I loved reading about his unusual encounters and exciting gigs. I've been lucky enough to meet him, and he truly is a lovely man. Amazing!...more
Ah, I have grown to both love and hate Stephen King. He is a sorcerer, and his words are perfectly cast spells that form an intricate web of incomparaAh, I have grown to both love and hate Stephen King. He is a sorcerer, and his words are perfectly cast spells that form an intricate web of incomparable magical magnificence. The hatred stems from the fear some of his novels have struck in me.. This book is perfectly written- a solid plot is constructed. the suspense builds from early on, but does not reach it's climax until the reader is shivering with anticipation. It is a classic, and a king amongst horrors, and whilst the cheesy film does this no justice, I think most people can agree that this is a widely loved novel that will remain popular for a long time. A definite must read for any fan of horror or similar, or just for anyone curious about this amazing man!...more
Now, it seems pointless writing a review for such a widely known novel, but there we are. To english GCSE students- don't worry, there are far worse bNow, it seems pointless writing a review for such a widely known novel, but there we are. To english GCSE students- don't worry, there are far worse books you could be reading! There are plenty of themes to explore, and the nature of the plot is compelling. I personally love books that challenge the reader's mindset and explore controversial aspects of society. The context to the novel and the message it is trying to convey is quite good- it's interesting and definitely explores some of the darker sides of humanity. ALTHOUGH, it could have been written in a far more engaging way. Initially, I did not find this to be the most exciting of reads. After reading it for the second time, I did notice a few things I'd missed the first time, but considering this book does handle some serious themes, the way they are conveyed is by no means fantastic or super effective. The more sinister scenes seem to be skipped over and rushed, as though the author were afraid of completely exploring and highlighting the brutality he initially set out to show. Other events seemed unnecessary, and did more to disgust the reader than to display the downfall of social psychology. But, all in all, it is relatively interesting, and especially for students, this is reasonably easy to discuss in an exam...but I could not personally rate it amongst some other 'classics.'...more
Joanne Harris' depiction of the trickster, Loki, has been a personal favourite of mine since reading her other hit novel, Runemarks. His sarcastic senJoanne Harris' depiction of the trickster, Loki, has been a personal favourite of mine since reading her other hit novel, Runemarks. His sarcastic sense of humour, devilish good looks, and mischievous nature create an interesting perspective on the God, and allows us, the mere mortals on Earth, to empathise with him in a very human manner. The blurb warns us to take his account of events with a 'pinch of salt', but while we are made aware that his character is conveyed through a biased narrative, the plot remains reasonably true to the genuine Norse mythology. We are taken from Loki's initial meeting with Odin, all the way to the downfall of Asgard, the end of times; Ragnarok. While there are a few inaccuracies within Harris' telling of the myth, which had an impact on the characterisation of Loki during some crucial moments, and resulted in me rating this novel a 4/5, her style of writing is intriguing and fast-paced, which lures the reader into the trap of not wanting to put the book down. The first person narrative is effectively used, and the voice of Loki is humorous and engaging, which does make this version of Loki stand out amongst the many others. The simplicity of language yet complexity of character proves to be an interesting read, and this would appeal to many audiences. This is a must read for any fan of mythology, Loki, or the genre of fantasy, as Harris once again proves that she is a wizard in the field of writing about the Gods....more
This book was a joy to read. It follows the story of Daisy Davenport, a spoilt teenager that has it all: a massive house, a hot boyfriend, a gang of sThis book was a joy to read. It follows the story of Daisy Davenport, a spoilt teenager that has it all: a massive house, a hot boyfriend, a gang of super cool girl friends and all the expensive shoes and accessories you could want. Wait, she has a pony too. Can't forget Polly. But this all changes when her father is sent to jail for corruption, and her family's name is plastered over the newspaper headlines is a not-so-great light. Things only get worse when the family have to move to an apartment above a Kebab Shop and Daisy is told she has to transfer to Bensham High, a state school packed jam with chavs...
I laughed throughout the entire book, even when Daisy was at her all time low, her narrative voice was amusing and gave a different and unique way of looking at life. Her life at Bensham was hell: the girls all hated her for being such a "snotty cow" and jeered at her, picking at everything she did. But one girl, Mel, makes her life a pure misery. Pranks are being played on her everyday, she is framed for being the bully, she is cornered in the toilets, called horrible names and her homework is scribbled on.
Like many others, one thing did annoy me. Apparently her brother Aston is so lazy he'd take any chance to be 'vertical.' Something a bit wrong there, maybe, Helen Bailey? ;) Most lazy people I know like to be horizontal.
But the ending didn't fail to make me grin. I won't say why, that would be spoiling it. But I do recommended this book, it's fairly inspirational, it's funny and and it's a nice break from vampires and werewolves. ;D ...more