This is not the sort of book I would usually gravitate towards but I'm so glad that I have read it.
Mandel's writing is just as simple yet beautiful asThis is not the sort of book I would usually gravitate towards but I'm so glad that I have read it.
Mandel's writing is just as simple yet beautiful as it is in Station Eleven but with a haunting undertone that leaves the reader eager to read on. The plot itself is intricate and told in a non-linear style. This mixing of the characters' timelines adds to the mystery and reveals small details slowly, building up to the bigger picture as the story progresses.
Overall this was a short but detailed novel about family, crime, lies and betrayal that really sucked me in. It was one of those books that I was thinking about when I was away from it. The only problem I had with it was that the ending was exactly how I wanted it to turn out but I can't help but feel like there could have been more. Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to discussing it as part of the book club next month.
Along with many other readers, I pre-ordered this book and was really excited about it after reading Ready Player One last year.
This book has the sameAlong with many other readers, I pre-ordered this book and was really excited about it after reading Ready Player One last year.
This book has the same amazing integration of pop culture references throughout the story and video game references that span from the 70s to modern games. However I feel that the story was a little too predictable. Though a fast-paced read, Armada did not really have any real surprises for me. I don't think it is trying to be unique, which is fine if done well, but so many of the chapters were just too predictable.
This book was enjoyable on the whole but because it was quite slowly paced, I found that I wasn't rushing to get back to it. Although I did tear up at points, overall this was a disappointing read for me. I would still recommend people give it a try, especially if you liked Ready Player One or you are a gamer, and I probably will read Cline's next book when it is released but Armada was disappointing on the whole.
At the beginning of the year I had high hopes of broadening my reading horizons, picking up books by authors of diverse nationalities and reading genrAt the beginning of the year I had high hopes of broadening my reading horizons, picking up books by authors of diverse nationalities and reading genres that I wouldn't usually pick up; so far I'm kind of failing with that, not on purpose, just because until this week I haven't been buying anything new and have been choosing my next read from my existing collection. However, this week I popped into Watermark Books in King's Cross station and picked up two books, one of which was Dear Reader by French author Paul Fournel.
I urge anyone interested in the publishing industry to pick up this short novel and give it a go. The story itself is told in fragments, short chapters that do not always give you all of the information you want but that fit together to paint a picture of the life of the protagonist, Richard Dubois, and his experience in publishing with the introduction of reading electronically. The book discusses a love of reading, a loss of passion for your career, a critical view of changing technology and incredible insight into the politics of French publishing.
Despite being set in modern day France, Dear Reader has a writing style that almost makes it feel like a Fitzgerald or a Hemingway, a richness of language yet simplicity that really sucks you into the setting; it is amazing what an author can do in 180,000 characters.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this short but impactful read and I will definitely be looking into reading more of these Pushkin Press translated paperbacks....more
I cannot claim to be the world's greatest Pratchett fan, though my mother and some of my colleagues are, so I feel that I knew a bit about him beforeI cannot claim to be the world's greatest Pratchett fan, though my mother and some of my colleagues are, so I feel that I knew a bit about him before going into this book. I have read Eric and watched some of the films, including one of his documentaries, but I could never get into The Colour of Magic so haven't explored Discworld very much, though I would like to now.
A Slip of the Keyboard is a collection of Terry Pratchett's non-fiction pieces such as articles and speeches concerning topics ranging from writing and publishing to Alzheimer's and assisted death. All of the pieces are intelligently written with the perfect level of humour where appropriate and I think that you would enjoy this whether you are a seasoned fan or not to be honest.
However, I would say that because this is a collection of previously published articles and speeches, there is quite a lot of repetition. I find it difficult to rate or review this type of book but I think this repetition really detracted from the reading experience and although I found the philosophical essays interesting, this repeating of ideas was a little distracting. I think this is one of those books to read one part of, walk away and think about, and then come back and read the next bit. Reading it all in one go made the repetition between pieces stand out a lot more but this is definitely a book which will stick with me and there are pieces in here that I will want to reread again.
I have been interested in this book since it was released back in January so I was really happy when I found it in my local library.
Transgender isn'tI have been interested in this book since it was released back in January so I was really happy when I found it in my local library.
Transgender isn't a topic that is often discussed or tackled in YA fiction. The only other book I have read with this theme is Gracefully Grayson. It was interesting to learn about in this fictional novel, especially as Lisa Williamson managed to portray all of the characters in such a realistic way.
The plot was surprising and although some small plot points were a little predictable, there were bigger revelations that I did not see coming at all. Williamson tackles a lot of issues, including bullying, transgender, romance, relationships, family, poverty, abandonment and loss, in a way that made it feel almost universal; all of these themes were written in a way that was completely relateable to the reader.
Overall, I would highly recommend this novel if you're interested in the themes mentioned or you are a fan of other YA authors such as David Levithan or Maureen Johnson....more
Do I even have to review this? Harry Potter is something I grew up with and every time I reread, it seems to get better. All of the intricacies and deDo I even have to review this? Harry Potter is something I grew up with and every time I reread, it seems to get better. All of the intricacies and details that are important in later books become more apparent and I love these books more with every read.
I'm not going to review this in the usual way, I'm more going to review this specific edition (9781408855898, the 2014 edition). I actually really like the cover; I think the characters more suit their descriptions on this compared to the original UK edition that I grew up with. The hardback itself is beautifully decorated and the text size isn't too large....more
I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book. In a similar way to We Were Liars, reviewers tend to say that it’s best going into this not knowingI wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book. In a similar way to We Were Liars, reviewers tend to say that it’s best going into this not knowing what it is about apart from it starts off with the main character drowning and then waking up in a empty world. I don’t agree with this as there are many things in this book that I think should be discussed and not knowing what the book was about almost put me off after the first few chapters. This was because the story could have gone many different ways and although I knew that this is classed as Young Adult, the story could have gone down a contemporary tragedy route (which I wouldn’t have enjoyed) or a more fantastical route, which is what it happened to be.
This is definitely a twist on the dystopian genre with some philosophy and contemporary themes mixed in. There are many darker themes explored but I think Ness handles them all well. The story definitely becomes predictable but as this is acknowledged by the characters it doesn’t detract from the reading experience.
Overall, this was completely different to everything else I’ve previously read by Patrick Ness so although I enjoyed it and found it very gripping, it wasn’t the kind of book I was expecting....more
I think I am possibly the last person on earth to read this book but I had good reasons; I was completely spoiled for the ending. This is definitely oI think I am possibly the last person on earth to read this book but I had good reasons; I was completely spoiled for the ending. This is definitely one of those books that you need to go into knowing as little as possible.
The writing style was beautiful yet simplistic and all of the characters were the kind of people that I’m glad not to know in real life but it all came together really well overall.
This is a really short review but I really don’t want to spoil anything at all. The genius of the plot is not knowing the ending so maybe I didn’t enjoy it as much as I could have done but it was a fun quick read all the same....more
I picked this up at the library because how could I not?! I grew up playing ‘Ocarina of Time’ (though I never finished it) so I picked up this manga pI picked this up at the library because how could I not?! I grew up playing ‘Ocarina of Time’ (though I never finished it) so I picked up this manga purely for that reason. Manga isn’t something that I usually read so it took me a while to get used to reading it right to left but it soon became more natural.
The story itself follows that of the video game, though the author has taken some liberties, adding some plot points, to make it a more coherent story. The characterisation of these well-loved characters was done really well and it was great being able to revisit the world in book form.
The artwork was quite typical of what I’ve seen in other manga but it suited the style of the story. The characters still looked how they do in the game and overall I really enjoyed this and will definitely be looking out for the second book in the series....more
I’d heard amazing things about this graphic novel but wanted to read Jane Eyre before picking this one up as it does spoil the storyline slightly.
ThisI’d heard amazing things about this graphic novel but wanted to read Jane Eyre before picking this one up as it does spoil the storyline slightly.
This is a sad but sweet tale of a lonely little girl who seeks solace in books, particularly Jane Eyre. With the help of this book and a brief meeting with a fox, the girl learns more about herself and how to ignore the bullies who are tormenting her.
The artwork is not something I would usually gravitate towards. Most pages consist of pencil drawings with hand-written text but the pages discussing Jane Eyre are beautiful watercolours.
Overall I would recommend this graphic novel because it is beautiful though very simple....more
I picked The Monogram Murders up from the library because I am joining my local Waterstones book club and this is one of the three selections.
I just wI picked The Monogram Murders up from the library because I am joining my local Waterstones book club and this is one of the three selections.
I just want to preface this review by saying that I have only ever read one book by Agatha Christie and that was The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. I have seen a lot of people on Goodreads especially saying that this doesn’t compare to Christie’s original novels but I don’t think that it is fair to compare Sophie Hannah’s Poirot to Christie’s for many reasons. Firstly, Sophie Hannah is not Agatha Christie (obviously) and so her ability to know this famous character is impeded slightly because it was not her original creation. Secondly, this is a new mystery and so I think Sophie Hannah has the right to change things from the original if she so wishes. Also, this book was approved by the Christie estate so I have no reason to complain.
With that said, I do have a lot of mixed feelings about this novel.
The actual murder mystery premise was intriguing and definitely kept me interested throughout. The murders themselves have a lot of different events leading up to them that the reader obviously doesn’t find out until the end. Overall I would say that the plot wasn’t too predictable. I did guess who the culprit was but there were many aspects of the circumstances that I didn’t guess at all and in my opinion that makes this mystery a success.
The thing I had a problem with was the characterisation of Catchpool. As a Scotland Yard detective he should have been useful in some way to the investigation, maybe not as clever as Poirot himself, but he should have definitely made some more intelligent decisions throughout this novel.
Overall, crime or detective fiction is not something that I am ever going to read a lot of (mostly because I am easily freaked out!) but I think that Agatha Christie and even Sophie Hannah’s rendition of Poirot makes for a very enjoyable read. I would recommend this book but I think you have to go into it with an open mind; anyone too precious about Christie’s characters might find faults with the characters but overall this was an enjoyable read that kept me hooked from the beginning....more
I was sent this book by A & U Publicity in exchange for an honest review and to host a giveaway!
This book was a surprise for me. I’ve read a lot oI was sent this book by A & U Publicity in exchange for an honest review and to host a giveaway!
This book was a surprise for me. I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews and at first the crude sense of humour put me off a little, but once I got into the story I really enjoyed it. The characters are unusual, not the normal YA characters, and I really liked that because although I can’t say I liked them, they were definitely interesting to read about. The story itself wasn’t too predictable either!
Overall I really enjoyed this book and think that if you can handle the copious amounts of swearing, this is a humorous and fun read....more
El Deafo is an amazing children’s graphic novel that discusses the important theme of disability in a sensitive yet humorous way.
This book is almost lEl Deafo is an amazing children’s graphic novel that discusses the important theme of disability in a sensitive yet humorous way.
This book is almost like a memoir, following events and conversations that Cece Bell herself experienced but with some fictionalised portions. This realism paired with the animal characters made this book an endearing read that I just had to read in one sitting.
The story itself is realistic and informative, with explanations about the deaf experience from a young perspective making this a great book to help teach children about disabilities but it is suitable for adults to enjoy.
The illustrations themselves are beautiful in their simplicity and the bright colours would really make this an appealing book for younger readers.
This truly is an important read for any age group and I would highly recommend it....more