Month: February 2016

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson: A Review

A Scandinavian novel about a woman who fits into no cultural or literary stereotypes assisting a journalist in his mission to find out what happened to the missing girl of the Vanger family, one of the richest and most influential families in the country. Lizbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist join together to solve the case after

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The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger: A Review

Themes of light-hearted humour contrast with the more depressing and thought-provoking in this modern coming of age novel. The book begins at the end of Holden’s school life and extends to his few days he spends ‘bumming around’ in New York. he meets many people, like taxi drivers, nuns and a prostitute, but none have time to

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The Wind Singer (Wind on Fire #1) by William Nicholson: A Review

In the city of Aramanth, the mantra is, “Better today than yesterday. Better tomorrow than today.” Harder work means the citizens of Aramanth can keep moving forward to improved life stations–from Gray tenements and Orange apartments, upwards to glorious mansions of White. Only some families, like the Haths, believe more in ideas and dreams than

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Slaves of the Mastery (Wind on Fire #2) by William Nicholson: A Review

Written with the same passion and cinematic scope as the first book in the series, ‘Slaves of the Mastery’ picks up the story of siblings Kestrel and Bowman five years on from the closing chapter of ‘The Wind Singer’. The city of Aramanth has become a kinder place, but in becoming kinder it has also

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Firesong (Wind on Fire #3) by William Nicholson: A Review

The story picks up with the flight of the Hath family, and their crew of other willing Manth families and friends, away from the ruined Mastery. After the defeat of the Master, alone and displaced, they seek a new homeland but have no real destination and very little food. Ira Hath leads the way, prophesising

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The Magician’s Apprentice (Black Magician #0.5) by Trudi Canavan: A Review

Set well before ‘The Black Magician’ trilogy, ‘The Magician’s apprentice follows Tessia, a young girl who works as an assistant to her father, the village healer. Determined to break the rule of women not being allowed entry into the Guild of Healers, Tessia works hard in following in her father’s footsteps. In an attempt to

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Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates: A Review

Marriage can be difficult but for some it’s a chore. and ‘Revolutionary Road’ follows the tale of a broken marriage. Throughout the novel, Frank and April Wheeler constantly find new ways of irritating and disgusting each other. My Review Rating: 3/5 This novel explores into depth the issues with marriage and how not to cope with them. From

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The Magician’s Guild (Black Magician #1) by Trudi Canavan: A Review

Each year, the magicians of Imardin purge the streets of slum-dwellers and miscreants, never facing any danger as their magic made them untouchable by the common people. They did not, however, expect a girl to throw a stone through their magic and leave a magician unconscious. Sonea, angry and outraged by the magicians’ purge, threw

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