The Girl in the Spider’s Web – David Lagercrantz (Translated by George Goulding and Based on Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series)

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Remember a few years ago when Nordic crime novels were all the rage? We couldn’t get enough of them, and rightly so, the books in the limelight at that time were very good. Arguably the most popular crime novels of … Continue reading

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Newly Discovered Element Could Be Named in Honour of Terry Pratchett

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Sir Terry Pratchett may be gone, but he’s certainly not forgotten. A recent petition to name a newly discovered element after a fictional colour from Pratchett’s Discworld novels has gained over 37,000 supporters. In Pratchett’s Discworld fantasy world, the colour … Continue reading

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A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms – George R.R. Martin

Set roughly one-hundred years before the events of A Game of Thrones, the first installment in George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, A knight of the Seven Kingdoms tells the story of a young … Continue reading

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20 of the Best Opening Lines from Novels

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The opening line of a book can often be the most important. The first line is the author’s way of introducing oneself to the reader and can often be the difference between being being put back on the shelf or … Continue reading

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Stoner – John Williams

Stoner

At the time of writing, it’s 02:50 and I should be in the land of nod. Instead I’m sat here at my computer desperately trying to find the right words to describe how John Williams’ novel Stoner has shaken me … Continue reading

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The Trial – Franz Kafka

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Franz Kafka’s The Trial is a book I’ve been meaning to get around to reading for a while. Over the years I’ve heard promising things about it and the fact that it has become common parlance to describe something that … Continue reading

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Mailman Does Something Awesome for Boy Who Can’t Afford Books or Get to the Library

Until recently, twelve-year-old Mathew Flores from Utah was forced to read junk mail in order to pursue his love of reading. He was so desperate for something to read, he asked his mailman to ask if he could have the … Continue reading

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream – Hunter S. Thompson

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a short book that took me ages. It’s characters were on crack, cocaine, and smack. It was funny, fast, and outrageous. I wrote this limerick after immediately after finishing the book. I don’t know … Continue reading

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Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes (Edith Grossman Translation)

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As of 2015, it has been 400 years since the final half of Don Quixote was published by Miguel de Cervantes in 1615. The first half was published in 1605 and was well regarded by its readers who would be … Continue reading

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The Last Wish – Andrzej Sapkowski

The Last Wish

Am I the only one who can sometimes feel intimidated when stepping into a whole new fantasy world? It can be off-putting to pick up a new book and delve into an entirely new world whose lore, mythology, and culture … Continue reading

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