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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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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 got round to it sooner! The novel follows the fate of… Read more »

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Review: The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist

Review: The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist

‘All eyes turned to see Kuglan the magician step forward. ‘I have need of an apprentice and would call Pug, orphan of the keep, to service.’’ Last summer I read the entirety of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, devouring book after book in quick succession. I wanted to watch Game of Thrones, as I was curious to see what all the fuss was about, and I hate watching things before I’ve read the book. As a result I ended up on a bit of a fantasy kick, and so while waiting for the long-time-coming Winds of… Read more »

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Literary Archetypes: The Dark Lord

In the ‘Literary Archetypes’ series I’ll be looking at various examples of classic character types within fiction. And my first victim is…the fantasy Dark Lord! ‘The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches…born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies … and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power, the Dark Lord knows not … and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives…’ From Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K…. Read more »

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Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

‘”I think I missed my window,” he said. “What window?” “My get-a-life window. I think I was supposed to figure all this stuff out somewhere between twenty-two and twenty-six, and now it’s too late.”‘ Attachments is set in 1999 when the internet, and particularly email, was still fairly new. A newspaper called The Courier employs Lincoln, a shy IT guy, to monitor their employees email and check that it isn’t being abused. He finds the emails of two colleagues, Beth and Jennifer, repeatedly flagged up and starts to read their exchanges regularly. He finds himself beginning to feel an affinity… Read more »

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5 Tips For Writers: How To Avoid Procrastination

5 Tips For Writers: How To Avoid Procrastination

I’ll admit it: I’m a highly accomplished procrastinator. I can turn on my computer to do some writing and an hour later still be flicking through such-and-suches latest holiday photos after I decided to ‘quickly check Facebook first’. One of the many reasons I recently started blogging was as a way to try and make sure I was writing on a regular basis, hence why my first tip for fellow procrastinators is: Start a blog. Seen as you’re currently reading a blog, there’s every chance you’re already a member of the blogosphere. However, if you have simply arrived here via… Read more »

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Review: Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

Review: Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

‘In the beginning, there were dragons: proud, fierce, and independent. Their scales were like gems, and all who gazed upon them despaired, for their beauty was great and terrible.’ Warning: Minor spoilers. Despite having read the previous three books in the Inheritance Cycle, it has taken me three years to get round to reading Inheritance which was published back in 2011. Admittedly, I only decided to read the book for the sake of finishing a series I began reading back in 2006, as it seemed a shame not to. Although I can remember reading Eragon as a thirteen-year old and… Read more »

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Review: Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier

Review: Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier

‘They would be born of strange stock who slept with this earth as a pillow, beneath this black sky. They would have something of the Devil left in them still.’ As with many people, my first encounter with Daphne du Maurier’s writing was through the atmospheric Rebecca. However, whilst Rebecca is generally considered to be Du Maurier’s finest work and whilst I enjoyed it immensely, I have to admit that after reading Jamaica Inn I actually prefer it. Whilst there is something slightly irksome about the timid and tellingly nameless heroine of Rebecca who quails in the wake of a dead… Read more »

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Quotes I Love

Quotes I Love

‘Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter – tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther . . . And one fine morning – So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.’ From The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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