I've been looking forward to sinking my teeth into this book since I first spotted it's shiny, red, propaganda style cover. The novel has stormed the book charts, snapped up the women's prize for fiction and been hailed a modern triumph in the press. Flipping gender power dynamics in a sharp twist of narrative, Naomi… Continue reading Review: The Power – Naomi Alderman
Fahrenheit 451 takes us into the heart of a world where knowledge has been outlawed. People are consistently brainwashed by giant tv screens fitted to the walls in their homes. Everyone is desensitised, conversations are sound bites and books are banned. The story follows Montag, a fireman who's role is to root out books and… Continue reading Review: Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
Please allow me to interrupt our regularly scheduled review post to have a short rant. I've just read that Warner Bros have signed a deal to recreate 'Lord of the Flies' with an all girl cast. As if we don't have enough misogynistic trash floating around, we now have to endure two dudes using a… Continue reading Discussion: An All Female “Lord of the Flies” Remake?
Finally, I've read Lord of the Flies after years of people making reference to it in conversation and me laughing along like I know what they're talking about. William Golding's classic novel examines civilisation verses savagery and how quickly morality can dissipate when there is no one to exact justice. The story follows a group… Continue reading Review: Lord of the Flies – William Golding
This week marks the anniversary of Raymond Carver's death. It's prompted me to revisit his collected stories. I always find that they resonate with me as strongly on re-reading them despite time and changes in my life. The stories look scathingly at moments of life. Transcending the ordinary and turning it into something unique and… Continue reading Favourite Authors: Raymond Carver
American Gods is an investigation into religion, consumerism and how a society forms and supports ever changing systems of belief. It tackles huge ideas from the perspective of Shadow a coin trick performing ex-con seemingly plucked from obscurity. As the novel progresses he also reveals himself to be caring, sensitive and perceptive, he’s decidedly well-read… Continue reading Review: American Gods – Neil Gaiman
You've got a fantastic idea, you know your characters better than your family, the twists and turns in your plot are guaranteed to have your readers enthralled. You sit down to write your opening line and no matter what you do, your beginning reads like a soggy beige pancake. We've all been there, luckily there… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: Great Opening Paragraphs