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1000 before 30 #49: The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

A gentle, beautiful tale about the end of an era. It's hard to say why you should read 'The Remains of The Day', except that it's excellent. Nothing really happens, if you think about it. The butler of a grand... Continue Reading →

1000 before 30 #47: Brighton Rock – Graham Greene

A chance encounter with a newspaper man on a sunny day turns into a mystery that leads Ida Arnold on the hunt for a Brighton gang. Pinkie managed to pull off the murder of the decade at just 17. As... Continue Reading →

1000 before 30 #46: Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes

A study on how human experiments can both enlighten and devastate their subjects. What would you do if you knew you were going to lose your mind? This is one of the saddest yet most beautiful stories I have ever... Continue Reading →

1000 before 30 #45: The house of the spirits – Isabel Allende

A bizarre family history ties in with the tumultuous destiny of an entire country in this epic story by Isabel Allende It's true, I read this in Spanish. I have read some Allende before (see my 'Como Agua para Chocolate'... Continue Reading →

1000 before 30 #44: A Wild Swan and Other Tales – Michael Cunningham

Classic fairytales retold with a current (and often gruesome) twist.With little over 100 pages, Michael Cunningham's short story collection packs a punch. Reinventing fairy tales isn't anything new, which is why it's slightly hard to get into this book. For... Continue Reading →

1000 before 30 #43 The Enchanted – Rene Denfeld

A female investigator works to save a notorious killer who has decided he wants to die, while an unnamed prisoner on death row finds beauty in the heart of the jail's darkness and despair. First of all, this has to... Continue Reading →

1000 before 30 #42: Joyland – Stephen King

An enjoyable murder mystery involving a fairground (and a fair dash of fate), Joyland is a coming of age story with a supernatural twist. You wouldn't expect Stephen King to sit down and write a story about a 21-year old... Continue Reading →

1000 before 30 #23: Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

"It was a pleasure to burn". This is how Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 ('the temperature needed to set a book on fire') starts off. And it only gets better. Look into the future. There are houses with television projected onto... Continue Reading →

1000 books before 30 #22: Life of Pi – Yann Martel

There are very few books that live up to their hype. 'Life of Pi' is one of them. Essentially its main character Pi (short for Piscine) is in such a desperate castaway situation that, if swapping tales with Robinson Crusoe, the... Continue Reading →

1000 before 30 #21: The Buddha in the attic – Julie Otsuka

This is the story of hundreds women who leave their native Japan to meet their new husbands in America. The only thing they know is what they look like, thanks to grainy portraits they were sent beforehand. They all speak... Continue Reading →

1000 before 30 #19 The Book of Strange New Things – Michel Faber

In which Michel Faber single-handedly attempted to quash, nay exterminate, my love of literature on aliens. My friend Teresa instigated my re-exploration of Faber's work following a disappointing attempt with 'The Crimson Petal and the White'. The Book of Strange New... Continue Reading →

1000 before 30 #18: My friend, the murderer – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Just to clarify, this isn't about Sherlock Holmes. Because one encounters all sorts in the path of life, Sir Conan Doyle decided to write about someone who (like it or not) had been universally rejected, beaten, and on occasions stoned... Continue Reading →

1000 before 30 #10 The three musketeers – by Alexandre Dumas

The chilled out attitude that the musketeers have towards duels is a dangerous message to send to youths everywhere. Duels are cool, kids. That's what d'Artagnan and his fellows spend their days doing, when not daring each other to do stupid... Continue Reading →

1000 before 30 #5: Slaughterhouse 5 – by Kurt Vonnegut

Another cracking classic, this time from the sci-fi master himself. Scrawny soldier Billy is an unlikely target for alien species Tralfamadore, who pluck him out of World War II and decide to take him back to their planet to put... Continue Reading →

1000 before 30 #1: The First Science Fiction Megapack – by Robert Silverberg, Samuel Delaney, Marion Bradley, Fredric Brown, Philip K Dick and Harry Harrison

The Science Fiction megapack of short stories is the first post to kick off my 1000 books before 30 (see the explanatory blog post here). It also happens to be the first thing I read in 2015. With 25 classic Sci-Fi... Continue Reading →

1000 books before 30 – kickstarting a literary marathon

I have to have read 1000 books by the time I turn 30. That is to say, on 8 April 2019, I will have read one thousand (ONE THOUSAND!) significant pieces of literature in my lifetime. At almost 26, my time... Continue Reading →

The Twitter History of the World: Book Review

Ever wonder what world history would look like through Twitter? If the major events in human history (skewed ever so heavily towards creationism) had occured through social media, perhaps they would look something like this: If you've thought how easy... Continue Reading →

Penguin and Random House merger gets the green light in Europe

The war against Amazon and the dominance in the digital reading age continues. The internet giant had seemingly grown out of proportion in the past, setting up an Author Network that destroyed the filter set in place by more conventional publishing... Continue Reading →

Is there money in e-books?

The rise of digital books means one important thing: an increase in demand for writers that can meet their needs. Is signing an e-book deal the same as signing a regular paper book deal? Can you live off the earnings... Continue Reading →

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