The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkien

Okay, so I may have been on a bit of a Tolkien kick recently, but who can really blame me? The real world is so dreadfully dull, tedious and depressing, and it seems I can’t go five minutes without hearing … Continue reading

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

In 1945, author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was arrested and sentenced to eight years hard labour in a gulag for making anti-Stalin remarks in his private letters. Upon his release, Solzhenitsyn published a semi-autobiographical novel which allows readers to follow a day … Continue reading

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Beren and Lúthien – J.R.R. Tolkien (Edited by Christopher Tolkien)

J.R.R. Tolkien is rightfully considered the father of modern fantasy, and it’s not hard to see why. Taking inspiration from myths of old such as Beowulf and Grendel, Tolkien created a vast new land full of detail named Middle-Earth. Most … Continue reading

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To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Despite the fact I’ve owned a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird for years, and despite the fact that it’s one of the most famous and influential novels to come out of the United States, I confess that it took … Continue reading

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Fire and Fury – Michael Wolff

Regardless of what you think of Trump’s politics, it’s undeniable that No. 45 has proven to be one of the most controversial and talked about presidents of all time. Both critics and defenders have been arguing to the hilt since … Continue reading

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Good Omens – Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman are two of Britain’s most beloved authors, and they’ve both proven their writing skill with the likes of Pratchett’s hugely successful Discworld novels and Gaiman’s Sandman comic series along with novels such as American Gods … Continue reading

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Mort – Terry Pratchett

Despite the fact that I’ve been reading from an early age, I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never properly checked out Terry Pratchett and his Discworld series. Given that Pratchett critically acclaimed books appeal both to adults and children, it … Continue reading

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Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece – Stephen Fry

As I explained in my review of Norse Myths, both Greek and Norse mythology have always appealed to me because I find it much easier to accept the existence of a God when he/she are not depicted as being benevolent … Continue reading

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Dune – Frank Herbert

Many readers consider Frank Herbert’s Dune to be to the sci-fi genre what Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is to fantasy. The world building is top tier and readers soon find themselves sucked into a new world that feels … Continue reading

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Animal Farm – George Orwell

Animal Farm

At a glance, one could be forgiven for assuming that Animal Farm is just a nice children’s story about a group of farmyard animals who, tired of being treated unfairly by their master, rise up to run the farmer out … Continue reading

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