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Book Review: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

26 Oct

Personally, I’m not much of a fantasy fan. It’s not that I hate it but i don’t usually pick them up. However; I found out a out this and got really interested in the plot. I was telling my friend about it (who loves fantasy novels) and they said that they had read it and loved it. So I gave it a go!

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The story follows Shadow who is just about to get out of prison. He’s looking forward to spending time with his wide and going back to a normal life but he gets a nasty surprise when he arrives home. His wife and best friend are dead. And they were having an affair together. Mr. Wednesday is a mysterious man who approaches him with a job. Thinking that this can take his mind off of things and occupy him with things to do, he takes it. Shadow has to do many “jobs” and he meets many mysterious “people”.
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David Nicholls Talk at Kings Place

6 Oct

I’ve probably written a few too many posts about this man with premiere coverage of the movie version of his book One Day (as well as a review of it), a book review of The Understudy and now this! You probably gather by now that I’m a massive fan and I had to get these tickets once I saw it. It’s a talk with David Nicholls and he’s going to by questioned by John Mullan (book writer for the Guardian as well as writer and professor). What’s not to like? Just in case you’re about to leave the post, whilst the talk did have spoilers this post will not, so if you’re one of the few that haven’t read the genius creation One Day then you can read on but go and buy a copy now! Please note that I am not quoting him word for word because I can’t remember it exactly. They are extremely badly paraphrased by me! If you weren’t lucky enough to attend it has fortunately been recorded and released as a podcast to the world!

You must have heard about One Day by now. If you haven’t, I want to ask where you’ve been living for the past two years. It’s been a major success with a feature film directed by Lone Scherfig starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess based on the novel and the book alone has shifted countless copies.
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Book Review: How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

2 Oct

I know, I haven’t done a book review in a while. I’ve been reading, but nothing that I’ve felt the need to review. Finally I have. I never would have picked this book out but a close friend of mine kept telling me about how great this book was, so I decided to give it a go. I’m not going to lie, I was a little apprehensive. Mainly because it was classified under the ‘Children’s’ section of the iBookstore (no, I don’t read on iPad, I sometimes read the first chapter though). Boy, was I wrong. This book is amazing, deep and incredibly thoughtful.

The plot follows fifteen-year old Daisy who lives in New York. Her mother died when she gave birth to her and her dad, who has remarried has now sent her away to the English countryside for the summer with cousins that she’s never even met before. She think she knows all about love but when she meets some knew people and really falls in love, her world will be turned upside down. To add to all of this there’s a war going on, Yes, this is a very deep book.
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Book Review – The Understudy by David Nicholls

11 Aug

I felt that I had to do this review because of the upcoming movie One Da the book of which is by David Nicholls who is also adapting the book for the screen. I read One Day and of course instantly fell in love so I had to see what else he’d written. Most known for his screenwriting, he has done Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Cold Feet and Much Ado about Nothing. He’s written three novels, One Day, Starter for 10 and The Understudy. All of these have had screenplays written for them and Starter for 10 and One Day have both been made into films.

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Book Review – The Winter of our Disconnect by Susan Maushart

6 Aug

After being told amazing things from my friend over at http://www.elementsilove.com and http://www.aggystravels.wordpress.com about this book I thought OK I have to look this up. So, I immediately had a distinct impression of what this book would be like and my impression was correct…

The Winter of our Disconnect follows a single mother with three teenage kids, Anni (18), Bill (15) and Sussy (14). It covers the decision by mother Maushart (pronounced Mouse-heart) to go on a ‘digital detox’ as it refers to throughout the book. So they pull the plug on all Phones, Laptops, TVs, iPods etc. and go six months without it. Though I do feel I must add, the title is rather deceiving, because they live in Australia but they start at Christmastime so therefore it wouldn’t be winter there…

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