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Review: Ready Player One -Ernest Cline

Fossil fuels have run out and the world has crumbled into an ashy, desolate heap. In Cline's novel, the only solace has become an open world platform game called the Oasis. At the beginning of the novel the game has already replaced the majority of normal life, working, socialising and even school. The creator (Halliday)… Continue reading Review: Ready Player One -Ernest Cline

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Review: Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

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

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Review: Lord of the Flies – William Golding

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

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Favourite Authors: Raymond Carver

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

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Review: A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf 

Having picked up three books in three days without having my imagination captured I was beginning to embrace the reading slump and come to terms with the notion I may never read and enjoy a book again. In a state of quiet disillusionment I started reading A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf. People… Continue reading Review: A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf 

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Review: The Restraint of Beasts – Magnus Mills

The Restraint of Beasts by Magnus Mills isn't a book with instant appeal. On the surface, it appears to be about two Scottish fence builders and their foreman, but it's so much more. The world this book creates is familiar and disarming, luring the reader into a false sense of security. Mill's writing feels true… Continue reading Review: The Restraint of Beasts – Magnus Mills

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Review: The Black Cat – Edgar Allan Poe

Halloween is drawing near, spooky costumes, ghoulish parties and for those with tiny humans maybe a touch of trick or treating. It seemed only fitting that I write about some literature that’s in-keeping with the traditions of all hallows eve. I considered Dracula, Frankenstein and Jekyll and Hyde, but do the originals still have the… Continue reading Review: The Black Cat – Edgar Allan Poe