The Thursday Review: “The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon” by Stephen King

Last week, it got to Saturday and I realised with a sudden burst of horror that I hadn’t read a book this week. So naturally, I grabbed something from my bookshelf that had been hanging around unread for an age because it was fairly short, and read it within a day (accidentally staying up until three in the morning!).

And that’s how I came to read “The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon” by Stephen King.

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The Thursday Review: “Blood Meridian” by Cormac McCarthy – First Impressions

Warning: Triggers for extreme violence.

My uni classmates and I have what I shall call “differing opinions” on literature, and this week’s review – or rather, first impressions – is no exception. Why a first impressions? Because “Blood Meridian” is the first book for the course that I’ve failed to finish reading.

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That doesn’t bode well.

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The Thursday Review: “Tipping the Velvet” by Sarah Waters

A few weeks ago, I was on my way home from uni and realised I didn’t have a book. When I nipped into a second-hand book shop, I saw a book by Sarah Waters, and I remembered that the Amazon page for “Leda Grey” says that book is suitable for fans of Waters. So why not go the other way around, I thought?

Wow. That was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, because it ended with me reading “Tipping the Velvet”.

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The Thursday Review: “Disgrace” by J.M. Coetzee

Warning: Triggers for rape, sexual assault and stalking.

Two weeks ago, I claimed that I had to read “Heart of Darkness” as my next uni book. Turns out I got that wrong: what I was meant to have read was this week’s review subject, “Disgrace” by J.M. Coetzee. This book won not only the Booker Prize, but also the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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And I hated it.

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The Thursday Review: “The Last Days of Leda Grey” by Essie Fox

Last year, my MA course attended an event in Canterbury where we got to hear Essie Fox talk about her latest work, “The Last Days of Leda Grey”. Unlike her three previous books (which I’m still to read), “Leda Grey” is Edwardian rather than Victorian, and its premise intrigued me enough that I had to give it a try.

I was not disappointed.

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The Thursday Review: “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad

As I may have mentioned before, I’m doing a part-time master’s degree in Creative Writing: Prose Fiction; one of my modules in second year is The Novel and myself and my classmates picked the books, such as “Cloud Atlas” (which is why I finished it despite not enjoying it).

Our first book of Term Two? “Heart of Darkness”.

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The Thursday Review: “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell

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“Cloud Atlas” is a difficult book to write about. Rather than being a single continuous novel, it’s more like six short stories wrapped up inside each other like a Russian doll. As such, I will be skimming quite a bit so that I don’t bore you to death before this review is over.

I can sum it up in three words, though: this book sucks.

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All Quiet on the Blogging Front

I just noticed that I haven’t posted on here since April of this year. Considering that it’s now November… well. That’s pretty sad.

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So I’ve decided that from January 2017, I’m going to give this blog some new life.

In 2017, I’m going to read at least 52 books, one every single week. And I’m going to review them for you on this blog as a writer and a reader.

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Plus I’m going to try every single month to interview a writer friend so that you can find out a little bit more about the network of writers I’m part of, what they write and where you can find it!

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I hope you’re as excited about this as I am!

~ Penny

Related Post: 15/11/2015: Good News Comes In Threes

Want to get in touch? E-mail me (pennygotch@gmail.com), message me on Facebook, send me a tweet (@pennygotch) or leave a comment!

Available Books

Solo: Under the Tree / Dark Heart / Write Nothing

Collab: Personal is Political

Images © Penny Gotch (http://www.pennygotch.co.uk), Liam Whear, Susan Wright and Molly Penford.

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Tuesday 12th April 2016: “Write Nothing” is out now!

“Write Nothing” is available now!

Image copyright Penny Gotch (http://www.pennygotch.co.uk).

Image copyright Penny Gotch (http://www.pennygotch.co.uk).

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~ Penny

Related Post: Saturday 26th March 2016: Poetry Teaser Day

Want to get in touch? E-mail me (pennygotch@gmail.com), message me on Facebook, send me a tweet (@pennygotch) or leave a comment!

Available Books

Solo: Under the Tree / Dark Heart / Write Nothing

Collab: Personal is Political

Images © Penny Gotch (http://www.pennygotch.co.uk), Liam Whear, Susan Wright and Molly Penford.

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Saturday 26th March 2016: Poetry Teaser Day

With Write Nothing coming out in just five days (5!), I’ve decided to do something a little special for you – some free poems!

I’ve got nine poems all ready to post on my poetry Tumblr. None of these are works from Write Nothing itself: they’re all unique free content for my blog.

Starting from 6 p.m. tonight, I’ll be posting a poem every fifteen minutes and adding links to each individual poem to this post so you can access them all from one place or read them one at a time as they go up.

Poems

6.00 p.m. – Hemingway
6.15 p.m. – I Do
6.30 p.m. – Tealights
6.45 p.m. – Want (B)
7.00 p.m. – Life and Death
7.15 p.m. – Ink and Truth
7.30 p.m. – Covet
7.45 p.m. – Lincoln Triptych
8.00 p.m. – Coffee Kisses

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

~ Penny

Related Post: Long Trailer for “Write Nothing”: 3rd March 2016

Want to get in touch? E-mail me (pennygotch@gmail.com), message me on Facebook, send me a tweet (@pennygotch) or leave a comment!

Available Books

Solo: Under the Tree / Dark Heart

Collab: Personal is Political

Images © Penny Gotch (http://www.pennygotch.co.uk), Liam Whear, Susan Wright & Molly Penford.

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