Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category

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Review of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie arrived with a great deal of literary street cred: it had been recommended by Oprah, who can still make or break books with just a blog post. It came with a stunning recommendation from Marilynne Robinson, Orange Prize and Pulitzer Prize winner. Comparisons are being made to inimitable Nobel Prize …

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Review of The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

It isn’t often that a book comes around and refuses to sit in one neat genre– it just isn’t polite. Usually a book can be allocated its genre within a moment of reading the blurb and glancing at the jacket. But then there’s The Shining Girls, which gleefully refuses to pick a genre box to …

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The Best of the Warehouse Sale: Tweets from the Brave

The Warehouse Sale is not for the faint of heart: not only must the brave booklover be prepared to make tough decisions, but one must also be able to literally bear the weight of their fine choices.  Here’s what our Twitterati have said so far about the Warehouse Sale (and it is only the second …

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Lazygamer: First Media Outlet In Africa To Be Affiliated With Metacritic.com

Yesterday our good friends at Lazygamer.net announced that they are now officially the first ever media outlet in Africa to be affiliated with Metacritic.com! And we couldn’t be more proud of them. Lazygamer was started in 2007 by Gavin Mannion as a way to keep himself busy between work and study, but what started as …

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Review of Two Brothers by Ben Elton

Two Brothers by Ben Elton I don’t usually dip into historical fiction, as the writers often hide poor character-building behind supposed historical accuracy instead. Often the books are unreadable due to their saturation of research and lack of coherent plot or technical ability. But Two Brothers is not ruined by either of these things: instead it manages …

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Product Review: Finding Neverland and Peter Pan

Warning: May Contain Spoilers Since I was very young I have always been fascinated and entranced by the world created by J. M Barrie. Peter Pan is a tale that transcends age, no matter how old you are or how young, you can always find an escape in Neverland. In the past the only movie …

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Product Review: Dark Shadows

Warning: May Contain Spoilers I recently had the opportunity to watch the movie Dark Shadows, the latest in an ever growing empire of Tim Burton movies. Based on a television series of the same name, that aired between 1966 and 1971, the movie had a lot of potential to be yet another smash hit for …

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Product Review: Mirror Mirror vs Snow White and the Huntsman

Warning: May Contain Spoilers This year has seen the release of two movies based on the classic Grimm Brothers fairytale – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. While there have been many movies based on this tale in the past, the first and most memorable being the Disney movie of the same name, none have …

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Gulliver’s Travels: Own it, read it, and read it again!

When Jonathan Swift‘s infamous novel Gulliver’s Travels was published in 1726 it enjoyed instant popularity. During the last hundred years, it has evolved into various feature films including more than one animated version.  For years Gulliver’s Travels has been enjoyed by children as a children’s book and it is easy to recognise its appeal. Gulliver …

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Why read The Marriage Plot?
A Letter from Jeffrey Eugenides

The lover`s discourse was of an extreme solitude. The solitude was extreme because it wasn`t physical. It was extreme because you felt it while in the company of the person you loved. It was extreme because it was in your head, the most solitary of places. – From The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides If …