Tags archives: book-review

Right Time, Right Place- Candid Moments from Robert Rutöd

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"Being at the right place at the right time is usually associated with happiness and success. But what happens when we are at the right place at the wrong time? Do we even know that this is the right place? And what if it turns out that it is the wrong place after all? But the right time!” Viennese photographer Robert Rutöd aims to answer these questions wi[...]

Remember Me: World Alzheimer's Month

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September 2015 is the fourth global World Alzheimer’s Month. This year’s theme is Remember Me. According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, it is estimated that 44 million people worldwide are living with dementia. Two remarkable debut novels published last year spotlight unforgettable characters who happen to have dementia. In Emma Healey’s Elizabeth Is[...]

A New Pandora: The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

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When your dreams come true, your true has moved. It’s been twenty years since the Breakdown. When the fungus turned everyone in its path into hungries who literally ate civilisation. Some thirty miles north of London, a fortified base operated by a skeleton staff is the site of a small, jury-rigged laboratory and a classroom. Here Dr. Caroline Caldwell obse[...]

The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy

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Happy 148th birthday to British novelist and playwright, John Galsworthy! John Galsworthy was born on August 14, 1867 in Surrey, England. Although more popular as a playwright during his lifetime, Galsworthy is now famous for his fiction masterpiece, The Forsyte Saga, which won him a Nobel prize for literature a year before his death in 1933. The saga trace[...]

My Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh

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A dark-themed debut novel with a Baton Rouge, Louisiana setting, My Sunshine Away plays with genre. Initially, it seems coming of age story about a family neighbourhood in the late 1980s, early 90s told by an unnamed fourteen year old boy who has a devastating crush on the girl across the street. Suddenly a crime is committed, drawing the reader into a myste[...]

Guests on Earth: A Fictionalised Chronicle of Mental Illness

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A fictionalised chronicle of life in a real institution, Lee Smith's Guests on Earth takes place during the 1930s and 1940s at Highland Mental Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. In 1936, F. Scott Fitzgerald left his wife, Zelda there to be treated for schizophrenia (she is now thought to have been bipolar). Orphaned at thirteen and inconvenient to her g[...]

Summer Reads Part IV - Black River by S. M. Hulse

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Driving to his hometown deep in the canyon made by mountains, retired Corrections Officer, Wes Carver feels lost. Sixty years old and widowed five days earlier, Wes is returning to appear at the parole board hearing of the convict who tortured him twenty years ago during a prison riot. Bobby Williams, claiming to have “found Jesus”, is now a Bible-reading, c[...]

Summer Reads Part III - The Odyssey

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Before the creation of the Marvel universe's superheroes and supervillains, there were epic poems of Greek superheroes and supervillains. One of these poems is The Odyssey, an extravagant account of a shrewd soldier/king, Odysseus, making his perilous and tardy way home to Ithaca after ten years of fighting spectacularly in the Trojan War. One of Odysseus’ c[...]

Summer Reads Part II- The Future for Curious People

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More alternate reality than science fiction, The Future for Curious People unites comedy with romance in a tale of destiny vs design. Evelyn is a librarian who, in her spare time, volunteers to record classic novels for the visually impaired. Minor detail that she converts the sad endings to happy ones. Charlotte the spider, Anna Karenina and Mme Bovary all [...]

Summer Reads Part I- The Humans by Matt Haig

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The assassin undertakes his mission with the skill of an extraterrestrial Inspector Clouseau, arriving in Cambridge sans clothes and sans English. His observations are jewels scattered throughout the novel. Having consulted Cosmopolitan magazine in an early attempt to assimilate, "Andrew" later infers from the intricate architecture of Cambridge University b[...]

Book Review: Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

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Neal Stephenson provides answers to these questions and many more in his science fiction opus, Seveneves. It’s like a manual for surviving global disaster with the best opening sentence since A Tale of Two Cities’ “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times”. The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason. Science expert and TV comm[...]

Frances and Bernard: a pitch-perfect love story in letters

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When I read that the United States Postal Service recently issued a Flannery O’Connor stamp (June 5th), I was reminded of my literary defeat. Since her death, aged thirty nine, in 1964, O’Connor’s fame has steadily risen. People like Joyce Carol Oates, Bruce Springsteen and Donna Tartt love her. A North American university’s English Lit menu would be incom[...]

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