Book Review: The Midwich Cuckoos- John Wyndham

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****

This was actually the first traditional ‘aliens impregnate humans’ story that I’ve ever read. It’s certainly well written, and a very strange story, and I really liked it. The end was a bit unsatisfying, but that’s possibly because I did lose interest a bit towards the end. I’m really not sure why. (although it may have something to do with the extremely attractive stack of books next to my bed!)

It’s about the small village of Midwich (in England) and how one day, everyone there falls asleep, and the women all wake up pregnant.

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Book Review: Pretty Little Liars- Sara Shepard

***

I think that this book may be a bit young for me, but I kind of wish that I’d read this series when I was younger. I picked up this book on a trip to the library. I thought that it was high time that I try it, seeing as how I like the TV series so much. Anyway, it’s very good, although I do think that my reading of it is somewhat augmented by my having watched the programme.

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Honey and Hand-Written Notes.

I have been a little poorly recently. I went out on Friday and as I got home at about six o’clock I decided that I would sit out in our courtyard and wait for the sunrise. (It was distinctly unspectacular by the way.) Anyway, as I was going inside at half seven one of the people that lives in my building asked me if I’d had a good night. I tried to say yes, but my voice seemed to have got lost on the way from the bench to my front door.

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Book Review: Kidnapped- Robert Louis Stevenson

*

David Balfour has his inheritance stolen from him bu his jealous and miserly uncle. He’s tricked onto a ship and he’s kidnapped. But then there’s a shipwreck and David has a romp in the highlands; all the while trying to find a way to outwit his uncle and win back his inheritance.

It took me so long to get through this book. I really liked the setting and the descriptions, but it was a bit difficult to get into and stay in.

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Book Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora- Scott Lynch

****

This book is brilliant. I’m not sure why I haven’t heard of it before, but better late than never! It’s about a man who lives in a city and robs nobles with elaborate schemes that require costumes and make-up. With the help of his friends, who all live in a temple, he robs these nobles and they pride themselves on having hardly ever killed anyone. We learn about Locke’s life in the present, with glimpses into his past and how he came to be the man he is today at the end of every chapter. It reminded me of a mixture of ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ by George R.R. Martin and ‘The Kingkiller Chronicles’ by Patrick Rothfuss, and as they are both series’ that I very much love, it was almost inevitable that I would love Locke too. But as ever, it is easier to pick out the bits that could use improvement. The amin one that stuck out to me is the throwaway mention of aliens, and then the lack of elaboration. Where are the aliens?! But I suppose it may have been a bit confusing to throw aliens into the midst of a fantasy tale. I would also like to know more about the alchemists and the priests. They seemed very interesting and their practices were only barely touched on really. However, as the cover page of my copy proclaims, this is “Book One of the Gentleman Bastard sequence,” and therefore there is plenty of time (but rather less shelf space) to find out all about that. And to find out more about the world that the Gentleman Bastards live in. At the end of this book we are faced with an opportunity to see other countries. I find that exciting! More than anything though, it made me impatient for Patrick Rothfuss to get the third book of the ‘Kingkiller Chronicles’ published. The scale of the worlds in both series is similarly huge and the love that I have for Rothfuss knows no bounds!

Let me know what you thought.

Have a lovely day,

Alys.

TV Tuesday: Switched At Birth.

Yet another show that I thought was going to be a comedy. It’s more of a drama. Maybe I should have done a little more research before I chose it to be the comedy relief of my TV schedule, but otherwise it’s a fantastic show. It centres around two sixteen year old girls who were switched at birth and in a fluke science school project one finds out (Bay) and that leads them to meet for the first time. Bay and Daphne couldn’t be more different and I love how the show sort of skirts around the idea of nature vs nurture without relying on it too heavily as a plot point.

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Book Review: Mother, Mother- Koren Zailekas

*****

Violet Hurst has always had a difficult relationship with her mother. She blames her for her older sister, Rose, running away and she constantly worries about her younger brother Will’s strangely close relationship with their mum.

Reading the blurb I had an idea of Violet’s mother Josephine as an abusive monster, so when I first started reading I was surprised that she just seemed like a mother that was maligned by her teenage daughter. But as it happens, the blurb was right.

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Book Review: & Sons- David Gilbert

 

**

I have absolutely no idea of what this book is about. I didn’t like it. I seem to like books that are character, rather than story driven. This book is story driven. And an unsuccessful story. I just don’t like it. There were parts where I got into it, otherwise I wouldn’t have finished reading it, but overall it was insanely difficult to get into. Don’t get me wrong, the writing is fantastic, it’s just the way that the story is constructed. Perhaps I’m just not academic enough in my reading, perhaps it’s the same fault it me that means that I can’t gel with this book. Either way, these are my honest opinions of this book.

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