The Thursday Review: “Falling Man” by Don DeLillo

Here we are. It’s March 2017 and I’m about to review the last novel I have to read for my MA. Was it an amazing experience about which I’ll write positively? Or a terrible reading experience that I will lambast?

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Neither. I just don’t get it.

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The Thursday Review: World Book Day Special

I’m loath to do two posts in a row not reviewing a first-time read, but as today is World Book Day, I want to do something for that instead.

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As such, here’s a short list of some books from my childhood and adolescence and how they affected me.

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The Thursday Review: “Storm Front” by Jim Butcher – Throwback Thursday

This week, I’m doing something a little different. All my reviews up until now have been books I’ve never read before. Today, though? In honour of a presentation I have to do at university on a book I chose, I’m going to be jumping into the way-back machine and talking about a book I first read several years ago: “Storm Front” by Jim Butcher.

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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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