The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Book to Movie adaptation

I’m sure you can see it from the featured image; the aesthetics are completely different and while the amazing cover by Vintage is preparing us for a fascinating journey into uncharted literary territories, the movie poster seems to allude to a hyper-sexualised story about prostitutes (?) maybe. To be fair, the first cover was rather…

The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, Hyperion: 2009, Kindle edition Ok. Ok, so this wasn’t as bad as I was afraid it would be, but it didn’t exceed my expectations either. Meaning, this book is obviously attempting to complete the successful recipe of Harry Potter but it does not succeed because there is no recipe….

The City and the City by China Miéville

I struggled to get used to the language – the “idiosyncratic” writing – and become interested in the story per se. It took two thirds of the book to get me excited and wanting, desperately, to know more about the cities and Inspector Borlu. But I did and I did, and finally it came in…

The Three by Sarah Lotz

This was a… weird book. It feels like an epistolary novel, with multiple articles and transcriptions of Skype conversations, text messages, etc. OK, let’s start from the beginning – I promise, no spoilers. This is the story of four instantaneous plane crushes – on Europe, Japan, Africa, and America – and three child survivors that…

Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan

This is a magnificent book by Shaun Tan – one of my favourite artists (along with Dave McKeen) – that I would recommend to anyone, even if they didn’t necessarily read anything in this genre. It is beautifully written; the main advantage, though, are the stories depicted on the images. The category may be graphic-novel…

The Fangirl in me

This is a ‘kind of’ feelview of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell but, mostly, it’s a rambling about my fan-crazed reading of books. This is a story about a young girl who loves the Simon Snow series of books, reads and writes fan-fiction and struggles to fit in the College she’s studying at. Simon Snow is a…

Black Heart (Curse Workers #3) by Holly Black

I can’t believe it’s finished. I saw that there is a fourth book scheduled and, though I’m concerned it won’t be as good, I’m really looking forward to reading it. I just love Cassel, he’s an amazingly interesting character and I can’t get enough of him trying to squirm out of harm’s way. He’s getting…

Red Glove (Curse Workers #2) by Holly Black

Spoilers all over the place! Be warned! 3.75 stars. I really enjoyed the second instalment of the Curse Workers series, but it felt like a middle book all the same. The surprises of the White Cat have now faded and I was just trying to discern what else is there to be told about the…

White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black

Now that’s a YA fantasy book I really enjoyed! No, I loved it! At about 60% in the book I couldn’t catch my breath from all the things that happened in the past – and were still happening – to Cassel. It was fast-paced with great, believable dialogue, while the first person POV really made…

Porno by Irvine Welsh

So, I just finished this book, and I’m inclined to say that I actually liked it. Not over-the-moon excited, but it was fun. That being said, I struggled to manage the first 300 pages. If you remember Trainspotting – also written by Welsh – you’ll be familiar with Mark Renton (Rent-boy/Rents), Danny Murphy (Spud), Simon…

moab is my washpot by Stephen Fry

This is an autobiography covering the first 20 years of Stephen Fry‘s life. If you don’t know who he is, you should watch the Black Adder series, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, and listen to his amazing voice as he reads all seven books of the Harry Potter stories. Then come back and let me…