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The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler (Le Monde’s 100 Books of the Century #96)

This is part of a series of occasional posts where I look at works from Le Monde’s 100 Books of the Century. Please see the separate page (link at the top) for the full list of books and an explanation of why I would do such a thing. 726 more words


Graphic Novel Month - Weeks 2 and 3 Reviews

I’m back! I missed out last week because I was focusing on one graphic novel, one that took me a little while to finish and left me with no time to write it up. 902 more words




Slaughterhouse Five is Vonnegut’s most popular novel- an anti-war satire, based around the bombing of Dresden in World War Two.

Now one thing that always GRINDS MY GEARS is when the 16/17 year olds in teen dramas, whether it’s TV shows or YA novels, claim that their favourite books and writers are old American classics. 496 more words


What we want is Watney's

Andy Weir, The Martian (2011)

So there are exceptions — the Watership Downs and The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Clenchers — which get rejected by dozens of publishers and then become bestsellers. 587 more words

Book Reviews

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Length: short (230 pages or more)

Accessibility: Moderately difficult to read

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

I would be surprised if anyone hasn’t heard of the next book I’ll be reviewing. 638 more words

Moby Dick by Herman Melville - Review

“I want to read more of the classics” is a line I heard a lot in my time as a bookseller and weirdly less in my job as a librarian (who needs books when you’ve got computers, right guys?). 735 more words


'East of Eden' by John Steinbeck - Review

I can’t think of a better book to start with than East of Eden by John Steinbeck, as it is one of my favourite novels ever. 768 more words