A hard start, languishing middle and tug at the heartstrings ending, ‘All The Light We Cannot See’ has rather sparse light moments within its pages.
“Melodramatic piece of literary garbage.” Those are the words that some would use to describe Edward Frederick Benson’s ‘The Rubicon’. Unfortunately I am one of those people.
The best way to start reading Zadie Smith is right at the beginning – at least that’s what critics believe – so I started on her first novel, ‘White Teeth’. What a giant and amazing beast it is. Continue reading
It’s a tragedy when a young life is wasted – but it’s hard to feel sorry for Fitzgerald’s self-deluded, spoiled couple.
It’s the children’s classic I never read – and believe me, it is a lot more sinister when you read it the first time as a grown-up.
Austen’s short epistolary novel on a rich family and one scheming woman tries the ‘dangerous liasons’ style… and fails to hit the right notes.
Two worlds collide as a factory owner and a vicar’s daughter go head-to-head in North and South. Continue reading
‘The Circle’ by Dave Eggars, portrayed as a satyrical commentary on the early internet age, fails systematically to hit any of the right notes with predictable and lacklustre plot-twists.
Another cracking classic, this time from the sci-fi master himself. Continue reading
Another classic, this time set in a post-apocalyptic California. Everyone worthwhile has been wiped out after a mysterious disease swept throughout the world in the year 2013.
One of the classics of our time, this novella is one of the most disturbing pieces of work that I’ve ever have the chance to get my hands on.