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Book Review: The Power And The Glory by Graham Greene

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When it comes to reading I currently feel a little bit like a sponge, I am just soaking up everything and anything without care or thought. I just want to read. And any source, any recommendation gets thrown onto the wish list for potential future offerings. So, while reading Matt Haig’s Reasons To Stay Alive he made numerous mentions to The Power And The Glory by Graham Greene, and so without investigation or sample, I sat down to read it.

Now I am not religious, I have no problem with anyone who is, but for me I like to understand why and believe that there is an answer for everything. Which instantly put me at odds with a book that is essentially born in religion. I just don’t think that I was ever a candidate to become engrossed in the story. Although, I will admit that while I there are large parts that are slow and monotonous, with a seemingly never ending repetition of a single series of events, I didn’t dislike the book or it’s ideas. I just didn’t find it interesting. Read more

Book Review: How To Eat Out By Giles Coren

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I’ve never quite understood how people can just stop reading a book. I hear people declare that they couldn’t get past the first 50 pages and so just gave up. Put it back on the shelf. Gave in. While limited in number, I’ve never read a book that truly wanted to stop, that has honestly driven me to the point of saying “enough’s enough”. I’ve found some hard, but I’ve ploughed on anyway. Maybe I’m just a glutton for punishment, maybe I just don’t know when to stop, or maybe, I’m just too pessimistic, believing the page I give up on is the page before the book turns into a classic?

I can’t remember exactly why I decided I wanted to read Giles Coren’s How To Eat Out, I have vague memories of it being listed as a good read in a magazine, or a newspaper, and the anorexic side of my brain grasping at its themes of food to demand I enter it into my life. And so I bought it, and let it gather dust. Other things taking priority. But the timing seemed right to finally read it, and so not really knowing what it was about, or what exactly it was meant to be, I folded back the cover and turned to page 1. Read more

Book Review: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

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It’s amazing where an imagination, once captured, can be taken. How seemingly insignificant moments in our childhood can ultimately cement lifelong passions, interests and loyalties. Dinosaurs may have ruled the earth millions of years ago, but I was 9 years old when Steven Spielberg, John Hammond and InGen brought them back to life. And as a little boy, I fell into its spell. I forced my parents into the cinema three times to see Jurassic Park, I still have my collection of fast food restaurant promotional beakers and I still get nervously excited as the sight of that iconic red and yellow logo. Read more

Book Review: Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

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Anorexia has destroyed my life. It has taken every negative trait you can think of: depression, OCD, aniexty, PTSD, body dysmorphia and rolled them all into one nice neat package. It has torn my life apart, convinced me I was to become a chef before laughing me out of the kitchen, made me exercise when my body screamed no, and even driven me closer to the point of suicide than I ever want to go. Read more

Book Review: Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein

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People debate endlessly about whether a movie is better than a film and how true to the original source any adaptation may be. Previously though it wasn’t a conversation that I ever really got involved in, I never really read books; but having now discovered the literacy delights of a good novel, I have some catching up to do and am currently working my way through the titles that mean something to me. Mainly those books that have become films. Read more

Book Review: Gone by Michael Grant

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I’m not exactly sure how I came to end up reading Gone by Michael Grant. I mainly read books on a tablet, and having never heard of the author, or the book, it somehow ended up in my online account, waiting for me to read. I truly don’t remember purchasing it, and can only think that it was either given as a welcome gift when I signed up, or more likely, that I was drawn in by the recommendation by Stephen King on the cover image, having been inspired by the horror author’s musing On Writing. Read more

Book Review: Path Of The Eldar by Gav Thorpe

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Path Of The Eldar is an omnibus by Gav Thorpe, set in Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 universe, which comprises of a trilogy of stories that show how the lives of three friends connect together and how the events and actions of one ultimately affect the others; along with a trilogy of short stories designed to briefly expand our view point and interest in supporting characters we’ve met during the main novels. Read more

Book Review: The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz

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In trying to recover from anorexia my biggest challenge is obviously that of food. Of trying to teach my brain that food is good. Safe. That food won’t hurt me and “Eat Fat Be Fat” is complete nonsense. I need to relearn that balance is more important than anything else. One chocolate bar is a snack not a weakness. You don’t need to exercise because you’re going out for dinner and most importantly that food is just energy to live, not a commodity to control. Read more

Book Review: The Masque Of Vyle by Andy Chambers

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I have been waiting for a very long time to read The Masque of Vyle by Andy Chambers. It’s another Warhammer 40,000 book, and unlike some of my more recent borrowings from The Black Libray (The Last Days Of Ector and Yarrick: A Plague Of Saints) is aimed slightly closer to my beloved Eldar, being centred around their twisted and sadistic cousins: the Dark Eldar and the illusive phosphorescent link that binds them together – the Harlequins. Read more

Book Review: How To Write A Novel by John Braine

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Creating regular Blog posts and reading more books has really ignited a passion I’d buried inside me for language. For Writing. My mind and my imagination starting to create ideas, characters and questions; longing to be given the freedom to express them. To write them down. And of course, as that desire starts to burner fiercer, to gain an increasing voice, you start to look for technical help. Read more