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Natasha Bernal

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1000 before 30 #51: Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk

Phwoar. When I picked this up I didn't expect a rush. [Slight spoiler alert] A man is holding a loaded gun, cocked and ready to blow inside his own mouth at the top of a high rise building block. How... Continue Reading →

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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 #36: Go Set a Watchman — Harper Lee

Harper Lee's prequel to 'To Kill a Mockingbird' certainly feels just like the fat that got trimmed off and discarded from her previous work. It's not that the book is bad per se, but it certainly isn't good either. If,... Continue Reading →

1000 before 30 #15: The beautiful and the damned – F. Scott Fitzgerald

It's a tragedy when a young life is wasted - but it's hard to feel sorry for Fitzgerald's self-deluded, spoiled couple. What happens to a superficial and narcissistic couple when all their money runs out? This looks set to be... Continue Reading →

1000 before 30 #6: Insurgent – by Veronica Roth

The second part of this fantasy/Sci-Fi trilogy is a bittersweet read. Although Ross tries to engage with her distinctive narrative and action sequences, it's hard to gain back the ground lost with the death of many of her secondary characters,... Continue Reading →

1000 before 30 #4: Divergent – by Veronica Roth

I know, I indulged. Sue me. For today's literary review, I jumpedĀ inĀ this year's best example of popcorn literature. It's an uncomplicated, adventure/love Sci-Fi story, with an initially awkward and weak female lead who finds her feet and starts kicking ass,... Continue Reading →

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