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Any One Book: The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

As soon as I heard this book was coming out I was always going to review it and I was always going to start that review by saying I would forget about Harry Potter and review it without the boy wizard in mind.

Except, I don’t need to. I don’t need to forget that J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter in  order to give this book a fair review because in all honesty (and let’s be honest, relief) this novel stands on its own two feet.

I know that a lot of people aren’t clear on the details of the book because not much was released until recently but it truly is an adult novel. It features drugs, rape, domestic abuse, prostitution, self-harming, racism, mental illness and is also full to the brim of arrogant and spiteful characters.

It’s set in the idyllic location of Pagford, nestled in the countryside overlooked by a ruined abbey and bordered by a river. It neighbours Yarvil which all the teenagers love and the elderly dislike. It starts with the death of Pagford Parish councillor Barry Fairbrother whose untimely demise leaves a gaping hole in the small town, and whether the locals know it or not, they are being drawn into the chaos that resides within. Continue reading


Happy Casual Vacancy Day

Yes, it’s finally here!

Five years after the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling will be launching a new book.

But it’s not just any book, it’s one that’s so far from Potter that it’s almost unbelievable it’s by the same author.

Over the past few days more details have been revealed. It’s not a fantasy or anything supernatural, it’s not a crime, mystery or thriller novel. In fact it’s hard to say exactly what it is. Rowling herself said that if it was to be summed up in a question it would be ‘what do we do with Krystal?’ yet what we do know is that this is NOT a book for children. Continue reading


Any One Book #12

Yes, it is September 3rd at that means it is time to answer the question on everyone’s lips.

What is the book for this month?

Well, as usual I am spoiled for choice. There is much on my bookcase that remains unread. There is book five of The Song of Ice and Fire series, Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility still remains and has been joined by Alice in Wonderland, The Odyssey, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist and Interview With a Vampire. Continue reading


One Year Ago Today….

This was up….

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All Was Well….Sort of

Yes, yes, yes, that is another Harry Potter reference in the title, but hey it’s justified, after all I did hand in my Harry Potter major project today. About 70 pages of Harry Potter goodnesss.

The deadline isn’t actually until tomorrow, and I’m a little disappointed that I handed it in early because not only does May 2 mark the 14th anniversary of the final battle and the death of Voldemort but Mugglenet have also decided it’s going to be international Harry Potter day on their site, it would have been so apt to vanquish this beast of a project on said day. However given that I have plenty of other hand ins (another one tomorrow) in the next couple of weeks I’m actually very relieved to have it done and dusted.

Anyway, I finished Game of Thrones too (not sure which one is the biggest achievement) but oh my god it’s such a beautifully written book and I can’t wait to carry on with the rest of the series. When I opened it I saw that it had maps at the front and actually said ‘oh good, books with maps in are usually brilliant.’ (of course that doesn’t actually include atlases)

I’ve already moved onto Clash of Kings which is already proving to be rather fantastic. Anyway, must dash, got some more features to write!


Any One Book: River God by Wilbur Smith

As usual there will be spoilers.

Basically it follows the Eunuch slave Taita who is wholeheartedly devoted to his mistress Lostris and friend Tanus, together they share a wonderful vision of Egypt and despite all their troubles and hardships they begin to achieve it.

In all honesty I had my reservations, like I said before the first part of it is quite difficult to get through but once I got through it I was swept up on their journey, almost as if I was caught up in the Nile with them. It’s a remarkable book, so much happens that by the time you get to the end you’ve forgotten what happened at the beginning. It’s a book I’m glad that I’ve read, I was too young the first time round, I didn’t appreciate it then, but I sure as hell do now. This story is going to stay with me.

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March is an Exciting Month

I have a weird urge to just write a blog, you know when you just get that urge to write when you have nothing to write about. So I’ve given in and I’m going to ramble, unfortunately for you.

Guess what I’m excited for, like stupidly excited. Well, there’s a couple of things actually but at the moment I mean The Hunger Games coming to the big screen. Everybody I talk to about it are really excited too. The only other films I have looked forward to this much were the Harry Potter ones. Although I’m nervous too, there’s every chance they might screw it up like Eragon was screwed up, now that’s a travesty of a book to screen adaptation if ever I saw one. Continue reading