Book Review, Geekery

Book Review: Victory of Eagles (Temeraire 5) by Naomi Novik

Happy New Year, everyone! After a couple of slightly lax months, it’s back to the book reviews.

My first read of 2019 was the fifth of Naomi Novik’s wonderful Temeraire series. Set during the Napoleonic Wars, they feature an alternate history in which sentient dragons are teamed up with human captains to form the Aerial Corps, a branch of the armed services which exists alongside the army and navy.

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Book Review: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles is the 40th book I’ve read this year, and so hits my Goodreads challenge for 2018 – hurrah! It’s not a book I was previously aware of, though it won the Orange Prize in 2012 and has a massive following online. The cover merely caught my eye in Waterstones in September and I picked it up with a few other purchases.

I’m so glad I did. I’ve had a great reading year, discovering a few new gems and this has undoubtedly been one of them. I’m unsure if you technically can spoil a story that’s been out there for millennia but if you’re totally unfamiliar with the legend of Achilles and still want to read the book, you may want to stop reading this review now.

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Book Review: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

This is a book I feel I should have read years and years ago.

After reading Wuthering Heights in my teens for my Advanced Higher English (A Level equivalent in Scotland)  portfolio and finding it one of the most depressing books I’d ever encountered, I avoided the Brontës’ works for years. After watching the brilliant drama To Walk Invisible last year , which told the sisters’ story, I decided it was about time I got up to speed and duly added Jane Eyre and Agnes Grey to my to-read list.

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Book Reviews: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde…and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Seek

Last week I managed to get through a couple of relatively short books as a respite from marking dissertations and marketing reports. Given that one was written as an imagined sequel to the other, it made sense to review them together.

Is it worth warning for spoilers when one of the books is over a century old? Well, just in case, there will be spoilers in both of these reviews because it’s impossible to fully discuss them without giving the key plot points away!

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Austen April: Persuasion

Here we are: the last day of Austen April and boy have I saved the best till last! Persuasion, in all its autumnal, melancholy, romantic glory is Jane Austen’s masterpiece and, in my incredibly biased opinion, one of the finest works ever committed to paper.

Written in the twilight of Jane’s life, it was her last completed novel. Like Northanger Abbey, its exceptional author did not live to see it published, which makes me very sad. She should have lived to be showered with praise for every chapter.

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Austen April – Northanger Abbey

Here we are at last: my least favoured of all the Austen novels. I put it fifth in the order of reading so that afterwards I would have the literary perfection of Persuasion to look forward to to close off the month, because the truth is; devoted and ardent an admirer though I am of all Jane’s other works, I am not at all much of a fan of Northanger Abbey.

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Book Review: Felicie by Georges Simenon

Here was how I spent my Saturday afternoon at the weekend. This novella is just under 200 pages long, which makes it a trifle difficult to give much of a summary without giving the whole plot away, so this is going to have to be a very concise review.

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