Category: Reviews

Review: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

Review: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

‘And, ah! his castle. The faery solitude of the place; with its turrets of misty blue, its courtyard, its spiked gate, his castle that lay on the very bosom of the sea with seabirds mewing about its attics, the casements opening on to the green and purple, evanescent departures of the ocean, cut off by the tide from land for half a day…’ Warning: Spoilers I first read Angela Carter’s short story collection The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories for a fairy tale module I did at university, and having a spare hour or two this week (now NaNoWriMo is… Read more »

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Review: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden

Review: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden

‘I remember Prince Hal, William! I remember the lion! Just ten more years and he’d have had the rest of France at his feet. Henry of Monmouth was my king, no other. God knows I would follow his son, but this boy is not his father. You know it. Instead of a lion of England, we have a dear white lamb to lead us in prayer.’ Stormbird is the first in Conn Iggulden’s War of the Roses series, and is set in the reign of Henry VI – the frail, gentle son of the famous war king, Henry V, who… Read more »

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Review: The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells

Review: The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells

‘It may be I fancy I have seen more of the ways of this world’s Maker than you – for I have sought his laws, in my way, all my life, while you, I understand, have been collecting butterflies.’ Warning: Spoilers Considering I’m quite a fan of science-fiction (and attempting to be a science-fiction writer for NaNoWriMo!), the fact that I have never read anything by H.G. Wells before now is pretty shocking! Whilst The Time Machine and War of the Worlds are better known, I managed to pick up a copy of The Island of Doctor Moreau for 99p… Read more »

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Film Review: The Fault In Our Stars

Film Review: The Fault In Our Stars

Warning: Spoilers. As a general rule, I’m pretty sceptical about book to film adaptations: from previous experience, I very rarely like the film as much, and don’t think I’ve ever actually preferred a film. For that reason, I was a little dubious about watching the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars, as I absolutely adore John Green’s novel! However, I have to say, I was actually pleasantly surprised by the film! I felt that it was in most cases, very nearly as good as the book (and that is high praise indeed!), and it felt very true to… Read more »

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Review: Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Review: Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel

‘A gentleman asked me, if this is what Cromwell does to the cardinal’s lesser enemies, what will he do by and by to the king himself?’ Warning: Spoilers (although if you know anything about Tudor history, you will already know the ending anyway!). A little while ago I reviewed Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize winning Wolf Hall, and loved it so much I gave it a 5/5! I now regret that, and not because I have decided I didn’t like the book as much as I originally thought, but because I can’t mark its sequel (and also a Man Booker… Read more »

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Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

‘”Oh, Clary. Oh, thank God.” A sharp prickle of alarm ran up Clary’s spine. Her mother sounded panicked. “Listen to me-“ “It’s all right, Mom. I’m fine. I’m on my way home-“ “No!” Terror scraped Jocelyn’s voice raw. “Don’t come home! Do you understand me Clary? Don’t you dare come home.’ Warning: Spoilers I know that the Mortal Instruments books are incredibly popular, but I’ll admit, I’ve been avoiding them for ages! The first I heard about them was the release of the movie trailer, and it completely put me off. It just looked so cheesy! I was further discouraged… Read more »

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Review: Wool by Hugh Howey

Review: Wool by Hugh Howey

‘’Get the mayor,’ Holston said. He let out a sigh, that heavy breath he’d been holding for three years. ‘Tell her I want to go outside.’ Warning: Minor Spoilers. Given my penchant for dystopian fiction, I had high hopes for this book, especially as the concept seemed pretty promising. It veered away from The Hunger Games/Divergent set up of a future humanity split into sections, and instead had them cooped up in a silo with a deadly wasteland of a world left outside, visible only from a window, and forbidden to speak of. Those who express an interest in the… 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 Christine, a woman who wakes up every morning thinking she… 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 novel tells the story of Fitz, the bastard son of… Read more »

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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 criminal named Odilo Unverdorben backwards. Yes, you read that right…. Read more »

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