Pride and Prejudice defies review in some ways. How do you criticise novels that are so much bigger than you. ICONIC.
But luckily it's status in thisPride and Prejudice defies review in some ways. How do you criticise novels that are so much bigger than you. ICONIC.
But luckily it's status in this case is well deserved. Pride and Prejudice because of it's frequent shallow adaptations is often thought of as a love story rather than what it is, a clever social commentary on a wide range of issues on Austen's time, marriage, social class, money and the perseptions of women in literature.
‘The Night Circus’ brings you through the lives of two young people, separated from others by their talents, unknown even to each other and bond to ea‘The Night Circus’ brings you through the lives of two young people, separated from others by their talents, unknown even to each other and bond to each other by a challenge that neither understands. A community of people twists through time and space, centred around a competition, a romance and a circus. Magic and performance, the past and pretence blur seamlessly into one another.
You will be drawn into the mysteries that not even the characters themselves understand; so don’t plan on putting this book down.
From the first chapter the mystery of the story captures you completely. ...more
This book is aimed at pre-teen readers but enjoyable for all ages. I read them when I was twelve and found the first book genuinely frightening.
MeggieThis book is aimed at pre-teen readers but enjoyable for all ages. I read them when I was twelve and found the first book genuinely frightening.
Meggie the main character is a bright young girl with an imagination anyone can relate to as her life unravels. Her father, mysterious visits in the night, books she mustn't read and journeys in secret.
Dustfinger is probably my favourite character. ...more
This is probably one of the all time great X-Men stories. Claremont at his height and a dynamic between characters that would last for generations. SuThis is probably one of the all time great X-Men stories. Claremont at his height and a dynamic between characters that would last for generations. Such a great Kitty Pryde story too.
John Green begins the book as he means to go on, in the voice of a sixteen year old girl who has no interest in being a “brave” cancer kid and approacJohn Green begins the book as he means to go on, in the voice of a sixteen year old girl who has no interest in being a “brave” cancer kid and approaches her illness much like she approaches life with cynicism and sharp, sarcastic wit.
There has been some criticisms of this book as part of a trend in fiction being dubbed “sick-lit” which tell the “heart-breaking but inspiring” stories of young people with cancer which many reviewers have seen as phony and exploitative. While I agree the market has been flooded with some of this I do not believe that this is the case with The Fault in Our Stars and would urge you to read it to make up your own mind.
One of the ways in which The Fault in Our Stars is different from much of the young cancer sufferer genre is the fact that Hazel, its main character, in no way aspires to be inspirational. When we first meet her she is withdrawn, moody and watching marathons of America’s Next Top Model. Nor does she consider herself particularly brave, which is as we learn later in the book, one of the ways she is bravest.
Because despite Hazel’s lack of pretensions she is inspiring for the very reason that she does not care to be. She doesn’t see her life as existing to teach healthy people to appreciate theirs. And that’s the wonder of it.
This book does not exist to remind you to live in the moment or for Hazel to teach us lessons unless that lesson is that sick people are not obligated to teach us anything at all.
Young people with cancer are just that. Young people who happen to have cancer with the same fears, insecurities, neurosiss and passions as people who do not have cancer.
When Hazel meets Augustus, this becomes even more clear.
This is not a book about teenagers dying. This is a book about teenagers living and falling in love, described in elegant and heartfelt prose. You should read it....more
This is one of Scott Snyder's best Batman stories, which is setting the bar pretty high.
Graphic Details Reviews: Batman: the black mirror (Scott SnydThis is one of Scott Snyder's best Batman stories, which is setting the bar pretty high.
Graphic Details Reviews: Batman: the black mirror (Scott Snyder)
Batman has had a lot of great comics and a lot of great writers. In fact it’s been icon for so long sometimes it feels like every story’s been done a hundred times or more. That’s probably what’s made Scott Snyder’s Black Mirror so refreshing.
So straight away it’s Dick Grayson’s Batman, which I love because I’m a Grayson fan but is narratively significant because it means that it changes Batman’s dynamic with the other characters but also changes Dick’s relationship with them as well. Look at how Tim defers to him, the change in Alfred’s demenour, even Babs.
I think my favourite was the scenes with Jim Gordon, who has his own separate and very strong storyline in Black Mirror.
Dick has known Gordon a long time and Gordon trusts him, confides in him. Not only that but Dick has a look of respect for Gordon and treats him differently to Bruce.
Most noticeably to both reader and Gordon himself by the fact that he never disappears while Gordon’s back is turned.
But outside of the well rounded characters and Jock and Francavilla’s fabulous artwork the story is just really gripping. Most importantly it’s a mystery. There are crimes, clues and investigation than Batman finds a bad guy at the other end.
There seems to have been surprisingly little detective work in the detective comics lately and more explosions.
If you haven’t read it yet, read it. And if you have, read it again, you’ll love it more the second time. ...more
Fahrenheit 451 is luckily not only a banned book but a very good book. It’s the quintessential banned book, ironically about book burning and writtenFahrenheit 451 is luckily not only a banned book but a very good book. It’s the quintessential banned book, ironically about book burning and written in the wake of the Second World War where authoritarian regimes and censorship were so burned into the public imagination.
Fahrenheit has been banned several times, starting mostly in the conservative era of McCarthyism in America during the cold war, for having “questionable themes”. One of the obvious main themes is the importance of freedom of expression which was something McCarthyism threatened. Like opposition to 1984, the opposition to Fahrenheit 451 stemmed from the disturbing similarities between the society in the novel and our own. A world of instant gratification and self-centred entertainment is an unpleasant parallel to trends that can be seen today. Bradbury always highlighted the importance of intellectual protection as a aspect of the story.
Ray Bradbury passed away this year. He was a hugely prolific writer though this was his most famous novel.
Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian classic set in the ‘not-so distant’ future where books are illegal, intellectualism is criminal and the world is dribbling at the TV screen walls. It tell the story of Montag, a “fireman” who is responsible for burning books and houses containing books and Clarisse, a seventeen year old girl from an intellectual family who causes him to start THINKING.
It’s incredibly stylised and metaphorical while still retaining a simple plot of a man shaking himself loose from the indoctrination of his generation. Some critics of the book claim that its third section is overly stylised and the symbolism of the mirror factory is forced at the end but I think its suits the almost dream-like quality of the book. Montag is waking up from his comatose society and frequently he has difficulty remembering anything. The narrative itself is depicted in a fantastic, vague way as Montag himself is trying to see clearly.
My strongest feeling when I finished this book was regret. Regret that it was over and regret that I had waited so long to read it. In some ways I was Clarisse growing up in a world less dangerous than hers. My family, too, influenced me to be different from my peers for better or worse. I will build a mirror factory. I will build it and through it I will see the world. If, as Sherlock Holmes once said, you could infer Niagaras and Pacifics from a drop of water than from a single reflected human being you could infer the species.
I had almost lost faith in Marvel comic book, having been a fan my whole life until I read this. Now to be fair there are other good Marvel comics atI had almost lost faith in Marvel comic book, having been a fan my whole life until I read this. Now to be fair there are other good Marvel comics at the moment but what makes Fraction's Hawkeye shine is the low-key humour, cleverness in the writing, compelling character development and unusual art style. ...more
This is without a doubt one of the funniest things I've read all year. Red Riding Hood, the first story, is probably my favourite (the wolf none-adherThis is without a doubt one of the funniest things I've read all year. Red Riding Hood, the first story, is probably my favourite (the wolf none-adherence to linear western-style thought - I thought I was about to break a rib) but when the three pigs starting singing songs of solidarity and writing letters to the UN I nearly died.
It's clever, very tongue-in-cheek and actually makes some interesting statements about the narratives we choose to pass on to our children. ...more
This was a grown up novel of my childhood favourites. The Weirdstone of Brisingermen and the Moon of Gomrath are like the foundations stones of me asThis was a grown up novel of my childhood favourites. The Weirdstone of Brisingermen and the Moon of Gomrath are like the foundations stones of me as a person. This was ending that story and I don't know whether to be over-joyed and grief-stricken.
Susan and I went through so much together and as much as you can love anyone who is not real I love her. We shared the same fears and bitterness and confusion and anguishes. We stared out at the same stars and landscapes waiting to be found by our adventure.
But Boneland was Colin's story not hers. All I know now that I did not know before is that Susan found her way to her stars. I don't know if I'm happy or sad about that either.
Colin talks about science and myth holding equal importance but existing in difference demensions. You cannot use a telescope to find a metaphor but that does not mean that it is not real or that it does not have power. Alan Garner has been my favourite author for a long time. This has not changed even though this story was so different from the ones he told in the 1960s. It makes me sad because I grew up too and I'll never be the girl who first listened to my mother read those books again.
But read it if you've read the others. This is not a follow on, it's a look back by you and Colin in fear and wonder. ...more
This is probably one of my favourite disc-world novels so far, certainly my favourite which isn't one of the guards series. Susan really comes into heThis is probably one of my favourite disc-world novels so far, certainly my favourite which isn't one of the guards series. Susan really comes into her own as governess and Death is as endearing as ever....more