Category Archives: fiction

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Go Set a Watchman

There are spoilers ahead so please read with caution.

I went into this worried. I think most people will.

Before the book even came out the media were all over it and pointing the finger at Atticus. The man held so high, the man who inspired lawyers and had children named after him, the man who gave a cause even more traction was being brought low. His legacy was being threatened.

It is important to remembers that Go Set a Watchman is not a sequel. Yes, scout is 26, Atticus is older too and events have transpired as the characters move on with their lives. It was written before To Kill a Mockingbird but it’s not a prequel either. What is it?

It’s a first draft. Continue reading

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Any One Book: Nineteen Eighty-Four

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Well, this is a very, very daunting book to review. Most writings read in the shadow of Orwell’s masterpiece will only pale in comparison and, for anything daring to review it, there is always the temptation to sound intelligent. I’m afraid the best I can do is honesty.

I’m sure everyone knows the basic gist of Nineteen Eighty-Four. The book follows Winston Smith, a member of the outer party. Continue reading


Any One Book #16

Once again I must apologise for being late and having to skip the vote, but oh well, at least there will be a book for this month!

I’ve chosen George R.R. Martin’s A Dance With Dragons 2: After the Feast. I’ve decided I want to get this final hurdle out of the way. I have, at the moment, a bit of an up down relationship with these books. The first three were amazing, absolutely mind-blowing, but then along came the fourth which was just terrible and the beginning of the fifth was boring. Continue reading


Any One Book #15

I’m a bit late it posting this, you can blame NaNoWriMo for that!

Anyway, the votes are in and counted and I can reveal that the winner is Dust by Hugh Howey. Poor Cujo didn’t get a single one. Thank you to everyone who voted, it’s very much appreciated.
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Voting Round Two

After running it last month I’ve decided to keep going with the voting for Any One Book….Although I appear to have started reading one of last month’s entries any way (The Rook, it’s quite clever)!

Again, I’m going to list three books below with their blurb and add a poll at the bottom so you can vote for which one you want to be next month’s Any One Book. Hopefully you enjoy the selection I am putting before you. Continue reading


Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Well, well, well. For some reason I never expected this book to be so addictive or haunting, despite everybody I know who’s read it saying otherwise.

But I was pleasantly surprised, and while it was a bit slow to start and neither of the two main characters were particularly likeable to begin with, it was an amazing book, with an amazing tale and a bittersweet ending. There will most likely be spoilers in this review because I think it will be pretty much impossible to discuss the book whilst remaining vague about the events. So for anyone who has yet to read the book, consider this a fair warning. Continue reading


Any One Book #14

Noughts and Crosses

The vote is in and there was one clear winner. Thank you to everyone who voted, I think I’ll continue with this method in the future!

The book that was the most popular, and is therefore the winner of this Any One Book, is Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. As I said in the previous post, I’ve had the book for a while. I bought it when a fellow blogger recommended it to me but actually have yet to crack open the cover. My intrigue for it increased when it was revealed that Malorie Blackman was Waterstones’ next Children’s Laureate (2013-2015).

The more I read about this book (strictly spoiler free information of course) the more excited I am to read the it. It definitely sounds like a thrilling book and one that deals with a serious subject.

As usual, please feel free to read along. The review of Noughts and Crosses will be posted before the 5 November so we have until then to read it. I hope you enjoy the book!


Any One Book #13

Yes, you are seeing correctly, you did just read those words.

It is back! And I am excited, I hope you are too.

On Wednesday I handed in my dissertation, which meant that I finished my MA! This means i actually have free time, hence all the reviews you’ve been getting! Since my MA was the reason paused Any One Book I figured I’d start it up again. Continue reading


Heat Wave by Richard Castle

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Not the best book in the world, but I love the TV series Castle, and when I was searching for the DVD release date of season five I chanced upon the books!

Now, if you’re not familiar with the show, it’s about a bestselling crime writer, Richard Castle, who’s following NYPD detective Kate Beckett for inspiration for his next novel…….which just happens to be called Heat Wave. I saw this and thought; ‘whoever decided to actually do this is a PR genius’ and proceeded to buy all four available books. Continue reading


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

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I have never read a book by Philip K. Dick before, and after my first foray I am exceedingly glad that I started. Of course, I chose perhaps one of his most famous novels to read first, and not because of Blade Runner ( I haven’t even seen the film). But because the whole concept was intriguing. Continue reading