Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes (Edith Grossman Translation)

Don Quixote

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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Farewell, Sir Terry Pratchett

On the Thursday of last week, the news broke that Sir Terry Pratchett had died peacefully in his home after battling Alzheimer’s for over eight years. His publisher stated that Pratchett died at home “with his cat sleeping on his … Continue reading

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Five of the Most Tragic Characters in Literature

Tragedy

Who doesn’t love a good tragic character? A character with a fatal flaw that dooms them to failure no matter how hard they try or no matter how good their intentions. A well written tragic character can be either the … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

Well, well, well, a review of a classic Christmas book just seven days before Christmas day, aren’t I the professional? In all serious though, not only is A Christmas Carol the best Christmas themed piece of media ever, it may … Continue reading

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The World of Ice and Fire – George R.R. Martin, Elio M. Garcia Jr, Linda Antonsson

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you may have heard of a little fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, you may also have heard of a pretty popular adoption of the books called … Continue reading

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Money – Martin Amis

Money is the root of all evil, money makes the world go round, money talks, money swears, money can’t buy happiness, money can buy comfort, money buys freedom, money can’t be escaped, money is a note in your pocket, a … Continue reading

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The French Revolution – Christopher Hibbert

I’ve always been a big history nerd, and at school one of the subjects I always excelled in, regardless of who the teacher was, or what we were studying, was history. In my own time I also greatly enjoyed reading … Continue reading

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Jam – Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw

Almost every entertainment medium is awash with depictions of humanity struggling to survive after some terrible apocalypse that has destroyed life as we know it. We’re obsessed with the idea of humanity having to fight for survival from The Walking … Continue reading

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American Gods – Neil Gaiman

Trying to define what sort of book American Gods is would be challenge to even the hardiest of readers, perhaps even a challenge to Mr Gaiman himself. It’s a fantasy novel sure, but it is firmly set in the present … Continue reading

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