July 16, 2015 § Leave a comment
Hark, I wrote a review of Harper Lee’s latest (or earliest depending on how you read it) for Headstuff.
January 31, 2015 § Leave a comment
Solitare by Alice Oseman
An excellent look at teen isolation, with extra bonus satirical points for lampooning Hacktivism and the often less than noble ideals behind it.
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Jay Fowler
An interesting, rather strange book about a missing family member. I liked this but it occasionally seemed like the jumpy narrative covered the protagonist’s lack of impact on the plot.
The Gadfly by E.L. Voynich
Political intrigue, romance, gunfight, wit, long discussions on the use of satire as a weapon the political realm, this 1897 book has it all! (I.e. I think this story is tops.)
Only When I Laugh by Paul Merton
Merton writes a thoughtful memoir on his career. No shocking revelations, but this is most recommended for fans. If you are not a fan, well, sir/madam, you have no truck with me!
The Tornado Chasers by Ross Montgomery
Brilliant, witty tale of a town that lives in fear of bears and tornadoes.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
If Leonard Cohen wrote the apocalypse. A most intriguing novel with rich charactisation (except the antagonist who is a fairly stock villain, but this doesn’t detract too much.)
The Sineater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Exciting fantasy debut with love triangles, murder, secret chats in dark corridors and the most sin-eating you’ll have seen since that Heath Ledger movie.
September 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
As asked by Louise O Neill, there are the top ten books that have “stayed” with me in some manner, as presented in no particular order.
1. “Diary of a Nobody” by George and Weedon Grossmith
2. “Matilda” by Roald Dahl
3. “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte
4. “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole
5. “The Garden Party: and Other Stories” by Katherine Mansfield
6. “Tales of Mystery & Imagination” by Edgar Allen Poe
7. Any of the “Series of Unfortunate Events” books by Lemony Snicket*
8. “Labyrinths” by Jorge Luis Borges
9. “The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾” by Sue Townsend
10. “Book written by a published writer that I’m friends with” by You of Course.
*Except the one set in a village with all the crows.
April 2, 2014 § Leave a comment
I had a part in this so keep an eye out for it!
We’ve recently made an entry as part of the March on Film competition whereby individual teams of budding filmmakers must shoot a 3 – 6 long film within the month of the March. The film can be about anything provided it features a character with a specific name, a specific prop and a specific line of dialogue. Naturally ‘Hen’ was made with that criteria in mind. Watch this space for news about a screening!
February 1, 2014 § Leave a comment