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Any One Book: Carrie by Stephen King

Ok, I have a bit of a confession to make…..I actually picked up Carrie and read it before I even announced it was the next Any One Book.

It was always my intention to have it as book of the month, but I was too intrigued and couldn’t hold off any more. So I thought I would leave it a while to actually post my review of it, otherwise the whole thing would have been over in a couple of days.

I didn’t know Carrie was King’s first published full-length novel until I read the introduction to the book. The difference in his writing style between Carrie and Misery was overwhelmingly evident, but it was still quite addictive. Continue reading

Any One Book #17

Happy new year everyone!

I hope 2014 will be an amazing year for you!

Anyway, here’s the first Any One Book of the year and I hope it’s something you’ll enjoy. Continue reading

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

What’s Your Genre?

Hmmm, I don’t think I’ve posted this before. I think I thought about it but then dismissed it, however if that’s not the case sorry for the repetition.

Whenever we walk into a bookshop there’s always a section that calls out to us. For my boyfriend it’s horror or film and for me it’s fantasy (well sci-fi/fantasy since Waterstone’s can’t be bothered to separate two completely different genres).

As soon as I step into the threshold my body goes to autopilot and in a matter of seconds I find myself facing Anne Mccaffrey, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman and Robert Jorden. These names are not just names, they are words that should make any fantasy lover tremble with excitement and all the names that surround them also contribute their fair share to the excitement.

I do not know why fantasy calls out to me more than any other genre, maybe it’s the tantalising promise of escaping to another world that  doesn’t seem as mundane as the one we live in, maybe it’s the sheer excitement of ‘seeing’ magic happen right before my eyes.

When I was younger I was a devout reader of anything and everything and while I consider myself a devout reader now I do have to admit the diversity has diminished slightly. Whenever I venture into other genres I find that I miss the magic that is usually evident on every other page, while Misery by Stephen King was gripping I knew that by the end I’d be longing to jump into a whole different world.

This, of course, isn’t a criticism of the other genres, merely just pointing out the fact that each of us are partial to a different one.

Also, I’ll leave you with this random thought of mine…even if it might sound a bit stupid. Don’t you think a bookshelf is almost like a universe? Sure it’s a lot smaller than the real thing but within its confines it holds so many different worlds with so many people’s lives unfolding between the pages. It really is sort of remarkable.