This is the first book I have been asked to read for my MA programme and I have to say that as an introduction to the subject it's not been that helpfThis is the first book I have been asked to read for my MA programme and I have to say that as an introduction to the subject it's not been that helpful....more
This was one of my younger brother’s books that I picked up. I’d seen some of the videos Chris Hadfield had posted on YouTube and thought I’d give hisThis was one of my younger brother’s books that I picked up. I’d seen some of the videos Chris Hadfield had posted on YouTube and thought I’d give his book a try. Over last couple of years I’ve tried to branch out a bit on the types of books I read and like to try the odd non-fiction book every year. Chris Hadfield is an amazing man. Not only in terms of his career achievements and also his attitude and work ethic in everything he does, this man is an inspiration. Hadfield uses examples from his life, particularly his experience as an astronaut, to impart wisdom on leading the best possible life you can on Earth. It’s a bit like a self-help book but quite humble in its tone. And you respect his advice as he gives some brilliant examples of how he these lessons have helped shape his career and personal life. I’ve learnt a lot more about what it means to be an astronaut after reading this and have a lot more respect for them; it’s a huge amount of hard work, dedication and personal sacrifice. I did zone out during some of the ‘space talk’ in this book, but even if you’re not interested in that side of it there’s some interesting pieces of advice that most people could apply to their lives....more
This was good. I enjoyed it. It’s a nice short burst of information so it’s easy to digest. I came away with a feeling of just how small we really areThis was good. I enjoyed it. It’s a nice short burst of information so it’s easy to digest. I came away with a feeling of just how small we really are in the universe and suddenly a lot of my concerns seemed to pale into insignificance. I almost pursued a career in science and this reminded me of the fascination I had with how things work in the universe. I would definitely recommend to anyone who has an interest in physics but lacks the scientific background; Roveli talks through some fascinating theories and discoveries without overloading you with information....more
I feel incredibly nostalgic. I grew up with Harry Potter; I read the first book when I was 11 and the last when I was 18. Potter was my life during thI feel incredibly nostalgic. I grew up with Harry Potter; I read the first book when I was 11 and the last when I was 18. Potter was my life during those years and got me through some dark times. And it felt so good to be back at Hogwarts and back with my favourite trio. I must have read the whole script book with a massive grin on my face yesterday! The new generation is great, particularly young Scorpius, but let’s face it, they’re no Harry, Ron or Hermione.
The thing with plays is that they are written to be watched rather than read. I appreciate plays more when I can see the performance. And now that I’ve read this I’m intrigued to see it performed and see how they make the magic come alive. I knew this would be in play format going in to it but I still missed the prose; I have loved Rowling’s writing and it didn’t feel the same without it. The good thing about this was that most people will already be familiar with the world of Harry Potter and therefore you don’t need the prose to picture the story.
I hate to say this but the storyline was weak. For me it is not as good as the original series. The plot didn’t draw me in the same way and I could see one of the big twists coming a mile off. What did work really well was the relationship development between Harry and his son Albus. They both have their own demons to fight before they can reconcile with each other and it was a little emotional.
I was quite disappointed in how Ron has turned out. The three of them went through so much together and it seems a shame that my favourite character has been rendered to a bit of comic relief. Draco Malfoy has changed completely and it felt a bit weird. As it’s set 19 years later we don’t get to see his character develop from what he was in Deathly Hallows to what he has now become.
But all that aside it just felt really good to be back at Hogwarts, back with the trio and back at home :)...more