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Book Review: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas by Jules Verne

Title: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas Author: Jules Verne Translator: William Butcher Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2009 (1863) Genre: Adventure Fiction / Science Fiction / Classics Summary: French naturalist Dr Aronnax embarks on an expedition to hunt down a sea monster, but discovers instead the Nautilus, a self-contained world built by its enigmatic captain. Together Nemo and… Continue reading Book Review: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas by Jules Verne

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Book Review: Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Title: Far from the Madding Crowd Author: Thomas Hardy Publisher: Penguin Classics Date: 2012 (1874) Genre: Fiction / Classics Summary: Hardy’s powerful novel of swift sexual passion and slow-burning loyalty centres on Bathsheba Everdene, a proud working woman whose life is complicated by three different men – respectable farmer Boldwood, seductive Sergeant Troy and devoted Gabriel… Continue reading Book Review: Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure, in my opinion, is one of Shakespeare’s most interesting plays. That might be because I’m interested in early modern representations of religion (don’t ask) but Measure for Measure is certainly worth looking into. Measure for Measure was probably written in 1603 or 1604 but it wasn’t published until it appeared in the… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Measure for Measure

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Book Review: The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie

Title: The ABC Murders Author: Agatha Christie Publisher: HarperCollins Date: 2013 (1936) Genre: Crime & Mystery / Classics Summary: There’s a serial killer on the loose, bent on working his way through the alphabet. And as a macabre calling card he leaves beside each victim’s corpse the ABC Railway Guide open at the name of the town… Continue reading Book Review: The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie

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Book Review: Earthlings by Sayaka Murata

Title: Earthlings Author: Sayaka Murata Translator: Ginny Tapley Takemori Publisher: Granta Books Date: 2020 (2018) Genre: Fiction Summary: Natsuki isn’t like the other girls. She has a wand and a transformation mirror. She might be a witch, or an alien from another planet. Together with her cousin Yuu, Natsuki spends her summers in the wild mountains of… Continue reading Book Review: Earthlings by Sayaka Murata

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February 2021 TBR

The day is ending,The night is descending;The marsh is frozen,The river dead. Through clouds like ashesThe red sun flashesOn village windowsThat glimmer red.–  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Afternoon in February Kraken by China Miéville Summary: Deep in the research wing of the Natural History Museum is a prize specimen, something that comes along much less often than once… Continue reading February 2021 TBR

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Coriolanus

I haven’t read Coriolanus in a while – and, by a while, I mean five or six years – so this was an interesting exercise. Coriolanus, probably written sometime between 1605 and 1608, is one of Shakespeare’s Roman plays. The others are Anthony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, and Titus Andronicus and they’re called Roman plays because they’re all… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Coriolanus