I picked this book up in a charity shop for 10p and went into it not knowing anything about it but I am glad I have finally read something else by F.I picked this book up in a charity shop for 10p and went into it not knowing anything about it but I am glad I have finally read something else by F. Scott Fitzgerald, after reading The Great Gatsby at the beginning of the year.
This book is a tiny 76 pages and contains 3 short stories: Babylon Revisitied, The Cut-Glass Bowl and The Lost Decade.
Although I am glad that I read this collection, it isn’t something that I love or hate; this book contains stories that just didn’t seem to have any impact on me at all and I find them completely forgettable unfortunately. The writing was really enjoyable but due to the lack of plot and character development in each of the stories, I found the collection quite bland and lack-lustre for me personally....more
Not only is the cover absolutely gorgeous but I am trying to diversify my reading more with the new books I am getting and reading so this completelyNot only is the cover absolutely gorgeous but I am trying to diversify my reading more with the new books I am getting and reading so this completely fits that goal with Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen being a Finnish author. I love the dark humour that is peppered throughout this book and it is definitely one of the perks of this being a translated work but this also has some disadvantages. At points I feel that the writing seemed a little disconnected and although I understand that mysterious novels can get away with this, it did make this a little slow at points.
I would say that some of the subject matter discussed in this novel is definitely more suited to mature readers as there is one scene of sexual violence described and although it is just a page or so, I understand that this could trigger some readers.
The writing and plot of this novel was so full of mystery and intrigue that I managed to read The Rabbit Back Literature Society in just a few days, even with working every day. I just needed to know what was going on and although there were some aspects that weren’t really my cup of tea, I did thoroughly enjoy this novel and would love to try something else by this author.
It may seem that I’m not saying much about the actual plot of the novel and to be honest, that is purposeful. This is definitely the type of story that you need to go into knowing very little about it and see where it takes you. Although there were some threads of the story left completely unanswered by the end of the novel, the final chapters felt like a great ending to a strange and unnerving novel and completely fitted the story. Overall I would recommend this to anyone who loves mysteries and books about books!...more
I received this book through my job at Waterstones from Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review.
Emily Gravett's unique illustration style reallyI received this book through my job at Waterstones from Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review.
Emily Gravett's unique illustration style really brought this story to life with mostly black and white illustrations, sometimes accented with coloured images. These illustrations paired with the, pardon the pun, imaginative story made for a quick enjoyable read that both adults and children can enjoy.
If I was to compare this to any other book it would be a cross between Fortunately, The Milk and Coraline, both by Neil Gaiman, with illustrations reminiscent of Jim Kay's in A Monster Calls. This is overall a beautiful children's book and something that I can definitely see myself buying for family members when they're a little older.
This is definitely a children's book that doesn't talk down to the reader and has a dark storyline that has a fairytale quality to it whilst still staying fun and fantastical. ...more
I was given this book in work to review and to be honest, apart from seeing Mercedes’ review in her October Wrap Up, I didn’t know anything about it.I was given this book in work to review and to be honest, apart from seeing Mercedes’ review in her October Wrap Up, I didn’t know anything about it. I consequently read a few reviews after receiving it and it was pegged as a cross between The Handmaid’s Tale and The Hunger Games by several sites. I haven’t read Atwood’s novel but The Bees promised to be an unusual take on the dystopian genre and I completely agree.
With the characters all being bees and the story mostly taking place within the hive, it did take me a few chapters to get into it. I don’t know anything about bees and their nature so it was interesting to me learning about this kind of thing and I don’t think you really need to know anything about them to enjoy this book. After a while it seemed completely normal to be reading about the bees’ lives.
I really enjoyed the themes explored in this novel; despite the characters being bees, the main themes of the novel were entirely relateable such as motherhood, religion, the environment, a sense of home, instinct vs control, etc. I think there were interesting ideas explored in a way that was highly effective, making the reader feel closed in at points by the oppression of the society and the claustrophobia Flora 717 is feeling.
Overall I would highly recommend this book if you’re looking for something completely different! There were slow moments but on the whole this is a fast-paced read and a great piece of fiction that would appeal to a wide range of readers....more
As many of you probably know, this is Zoe Sugg, aka Zoella’s, debut novel. I decided to pick it up using my Audible trial rather than buying the hardcAs many of you probably know, this is Zoe Sugg, aka Zoella’s, debut novel. I decided to pick it up using my Audible trial rather than buying the hardcover as I wasn’t sure if it would be for me and I am glad that I did that.
This was by no means a bad book; the plot was interesting enough to keep me listening and the characters were funny at points. It was great to see anxiety and panic attacks described in such a realistic way but other than that I had a few problems with this novel.
The protagonist, Penny, being just fifteen, was a little immature for me and I found it extremely difficult to take her problems seriously at times. The main love interest was supposed to be eighteen but he felt a similar age to Penny, which did not detract from the book, but I think would appeal more to younger readers than myself.
I enjoyed the experience of listening to this book overall but I found that the narrator for the audiobook, despite making all of the characters distinct, sounded a little too much like Zoella herself so I found it difficult to distance the art from the artist on this occasion. Unlike a lot of people, I am happy that a Youtuber like Zoella has been given the opportunity to publish a fiction book and overall I think that a lot of people will thoroughly enjoy it. Just personally, I found that I am maybe a little too old to appreciate the characters and plot as much as I should have done. Also, some of the events and details explained in the synopsis on the back of the book and online are not revealed in the novel until about 70% through, which meant that to me it was a little predictable as I was waiting for certain things to happen.
Overall I would recommend this novel to younger readers of YA or middle grade but I don’t think that it is the kind of book that translates well to an adult audience, however I will be interested to see what Zoe Sugg does in her future writing career....more
Going into this I didn’t really have much of an idea of what it was about and I think that this definitely adds to the experience of reading it.
With tGoing into this I didn’t really have much of an idea of what it was about and I think that this definitely adds to the experience of reading it.
With themes of marriage, betrayal, family, friendship and a touch of magic, this wonderful novel really does drag you into the world of 1680’s Amsterdam.
I was surprised throughout this novel at the twists and turns that took place and although it is a slow read, it is purposeful and intricate. I found that I read the majority of this in one sitting, unable to put it down for the wonder of what might happen next. I became truly attached to the characters and I only wish there were more stories of Nella’s life.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I am so happy that I was given a copy to review. The plot and setting were expertly drawn to portray Amsterdam during this time period and the way that some of the themes were tackled were honest and skilfully written into the story. The only negative that I had about this novel was that the miniaturist’s story was left quite open at the end, though I suppose that adds to the mystery! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction with a dash of magical realism....more