Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1 the movie trailer

It’s time for all tributes to get excited about the next Hunger Games movie, with the latest trailer. The movie comes out the 21st of November, so there’s still two months to go, but it’s always exciting to see the next trailer. As normal for these book series adaptations, we have the final book in two parts! Whether that’s a good or bad thing, is a debate for another time, but I don’t mind it since we get more stuff. As to where the cut will be, that is always an interesting thing. It makes sense to be perhaps after the defeat ‘The Nut’ and Katniss returns to 13, since that seems reasonable. There’s lots left to do for the second movie, and it ends at a dramatic point. I guess it could be near Peta’s return, but I think ‘The Nut’ makes more sense. What do you think? Continue reading

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

It’s a tale I thought I knew, and yet I didn’t know it at all. There’s no ‘It’s alive!’, the monster isn’t Frankenstein (just daemon, the ‘inventor’ is Frankenstein), there’s no lightning strike or metal rods in the head, no ‘mad scientist’ and the monster isn’t dumb and slow, quite the opposite, so in fact it’s not quite what I expected at all. And I was pleasantly surprised by what I found, because unlike some other classics I have read, it was an easy read. Now I’m not sure if there was just some choice editing in my edition to try to clear things up, or whether it was just the writing style, but I’m inclined to think the latter. Which is really great, and I definitely think that it makes Frankenstein reasonably accessible, especially if you get a copy with footnotes (that’s something I think is a must for reading a classic, as there’s often words/terms/references to things which make no sense anymore – though that does make it interesting to see how the meaning of words has changed over the years).

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Bookish Topic Tuesday – International Literacy Day 2014

Bookish Topic Tuesday

International Literacy Day 2014

Yes I know it’s Monday, but I thought I’d be early because today is International Literacy Day, organised by UNESCO. The day is to recognise the fact that there’s over 700 million people who are illiterate, with over 65% of them female. Considering this blog relies upon the fact that people are literate, I thought it important to highlight this date, and the work still to be done. I can recognise the power of literacy, it means a lot more than being able to read the latest Game of Thrones novel, a person’s whole life can be changed. Improve literacy and you can see improvements, in health, peace, gender equality, empowerment, the environment, poverty, and so much more. This year’s theme is Literacy and Sustainable Development.

UNESCO Literacy Infographic (click to view)

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Ender’s Shadow

I had no idea what this book was going to be like so I was quite excited coming into it, and once I started my excitement built, and I was very pleased with the book. In an interesting move we return to the Battle School, but instead of following Ender we follow Bean. And more importantly we get his curious backstory.
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Bookish Topic Tuesday – Isobelle Carmody and The Red Queen

Bookish Topic Tuesday
Isobelle Carmody and The Red Queen

This week I just wanted to give an Isobelle Carmody update, considering I did a read through of The Obernewtyn Chronicles. Thanks to Obernewtyn.net for keeping me up up date with everything Isobelle Carmody! Happy 15th Anniversary, and loving the updated site! Continue reading

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The Story of Howard Dully and his lobotomy

I stumbled upon this book when researching insane asylums which lead me to read about lobotomies, and then I found this book, Messing with my head: the shocking true story of my lobotomy, also known as My lobotomy. I couldn’t believe that a lobotomy was performed on a 12 year old boy, Howard Dully. What’s worse, other psychiatrists said there was nothing wrong with him, all except Dr Walter Freeman. The man who was at the forefront of lobotomy in the US and made orbital lobotomies the method of choice. This is a harrowing and fascinating story. And it was going on into the 1960s, which is quite concerning.
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Bookish Topic Tuesday – Biographies

Bookish Topic Tuesday
Biographies

This week I’m continuing the genre theme with biographies. A biography is simply a recount or description of someone’s life. But that’s a very simplistic definition. The book could be written by the person themselves, by someone else, collaboratively, with fictional elements, or from a purely nonfictional standpoint. There’s a lot of variety with biographies, so that’s what we’re discussing today.

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The Cuckoo’s Calling – JK’s mystery

To wrap up my discussion of The Cuckoo’s Calling I’ll first take a look at the epilogue, and then discuss the book as a whole.
Our final quote this time from Horace’s Odes, ‘Nothing is an unmixed blessing’. So Horace is saying everything is a mixed blessing? I think that is true, you can see good and bad in every situation. And it seems rather true of what’s been happening in this book. Continue reading

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