Author: Laura

Top 5 Contemporary Short Stories

Top 5 Contemporary Short Stories

Last week I shared my Top 5 Classic Short Stories, so here are my top 5 contemporary stories (and by contemporary, I’m talking later than the 70s!): 5. Tandolfo the Great by Richard Bausch Although nothing too tragic happens in Tandolfo the Great, there is something very sad and poignant about it, which considering its exuberant title and the fact its protagonist is a clown, comes as a surprise. It tells the story of child’s entertainer Rodney, aka Tandolfo, who planned to propose to the love of his life using a huge, multi-tiered… Read more »

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Review: Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

Review: Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

‘The bedroom is strange. Unfamiliar. I don’t know where I am, how I came to be here. I don’t know how I’m going to get home.’ Before I Go To Sleep is yet another of those books that has been on my to-read list since what feels like forever. The promise of the upcoming film (which I believe is now out?) finally spurred me to read it, and once again I find myself regretting not having got round to it earlier! The novel tells the story from the perspective of… Read more »

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Liebster Award

Liebster Award

I was recently nominated for a Liebster Award by Gemma from The Perfectionist Pen and Ginger Cat, so thanks so much to you both! Here’s the rules: -Link back to the person who nominated you -Post 11 facts about yourself. -Answer the 11 questions set by your nominator -Nominate 11 other bloggers with under 200 followers (you can’t nominate the person who nominated you) -Set 11 questions for your nominees to answer -Let your nominees know you’ve nominated them.

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Top 5 Classic Short Stories

Top 5 Classic Short Stories

The short story is a form that has had its ups and downs. Whilst immensely popular during the early twentieth century – the likes of Joyce and Hemingway penning their masterpieces – it could be seen to have fallen out of fashion in later years. However, 2013 saw Alice Munro win the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was the first short story writer to do so. Perhaps because of this, there seems to be a renewed interest in shorter fiction, and I have seen more short story collections than ever before gracing… Read more »

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Review: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Review: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

‘The original source of the Skill will probably remain forever shrouded in mystery. Certainly a penchant for it runs remarkably strong within the royal family, and yet it is not solely confined to the King’s household.’ Warning: Minor spoilers. Seen as I’m currently having a major fantasy-reading phase, I decided it was about time I checked out another big name in the genre: Robin Hobb. Assassin’s Apprentice is the first in her much-lauded Farseer Trilogy, and I have to say, for me, it largely lived up to the hype. The… Read more »

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Top 10 Shakespeare Quotes

Top 10 Shakespeare Quotes

– ‘What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet.’ Romeo and Juliet – ‘This above all: to thine own self be true.’ Hamlet – ‘If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumbered here, While these visions did appear.’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Review: Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis

Review: Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis

‘I had thought of making a sentimental journey to Auschwitz. The place of power on the confluence of the rivers: the place where the numbered Jews, and all the others, who had no number, came down from the heavens; the place where, for a time, there was no why.’ I had heard a lot about Martin Amis’ novel Time’s Arrow before I read it, and was pretty intrigued by the concept. Now having read it, I found it to be…rather bizarre. The novel tells the story of a Nazi war… Read more »

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Literary Archetypes: The Wizard/Wise Man

This is the second part of my ‘Literary Archetypes’ series. Check out the first here: ‘Literary Archetypes: The Dark Lord’. Gandalf: ‘A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.’ From The Fellowship of the Ring (2001 film) Since I looked at the fantasy Dark Lord in my last ‘Literary Archetypes’ post, I thought, why not look at its good guy equivalent? The typically white bearded, all-knowing and often cryptic Wizard or Wise Man can be seen as far back as… Read more »

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My Trip to Waterstones

My Trip to Waterstones

Buy one, get one half price: the bane of my existence. If I find one book, I then feel obligated to get a second – after all, its half price! It would be rude not to. And God forbid I should find a third, because then I would need a fourth! Thankfully (for my bank balance!) I managed to stop at two today:

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Review: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Review: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

“When the cardinal came to a closed door he would flatter it – oh beautiful yielding door! Then he would try tricking it open. And you are just the same, just the same…but in the last resort, you just kick it in.” A few weeks ago I did a post called ‘3 Books I Should Have Read But Haven’t’, and number two on the list was Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize winning Wolf Hall, which had been sitting on my shelf for months. Having now read it, I really wish I’d… Read more »

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