Book Review

A Lady Cyclists Guide to Kashgar

A Lady Cyclist\’s Guide To Kashgar A Novel Suzanne Joinson

Title: A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar (Goodreads) Author: Suzanne Joinson Published: Bloomsbury, 2012 Pages: 384 Genre: General Fiction My Copy: Review Copy Buy: Amazon, Book Depository, Kindle (or visit your local Indie bookstore) Last month, I was walking past our local indie bookshop, and outside they had a blackboard that listed some of the new releases they had in stock. ...

Book Review To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Review Children\’s Books

Title: To Kill A Mockingbird (Goodreads) Author: Harper Lee Published: HarperCollins, 1960 Pages: 323 Genre: Classic My Copy: Audiobook Literary Achievements: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die List, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1961) Buy: Amazon To celebrate 50 years of publication this month, The newly formed Literary Exploration Book Club decided to read Harper Lee’s classic...

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick

The Man In The High Castle Mr. Hipster Books

Title: The Man in the High Castle (Goodreads) Author: Philip K. Dick Published: Vintage, 1962 Pages: 259 Genre: Classic, Science Fiction My Copy: Personal Copy Buy: Amazon, (or visit your local Indie bookstore) For those who haven’t read this month’s Book club book, the alternate reality classic The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick, I will try not to give away too much of th...

Book Review – L’Étranger The Stranger

L\’Étranger The Stranger Albert Camus First Edition

Title: The Stranger (Goodreads) Author: Albert Camus Published: Knopf Doubleday, 1942 Pages: 123 Genre: Classic My Copy: Library Literary Achievements: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die List, PEN Translation Prize (1989) Buy: Amazon L’Étranger, known as The Outsider, or The Stranger by Albert Camus offers an interesting perspective of the philosophical movement; existentialis...

Alices Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Scene From Alice\’s Adventures In Wonderland By Lewis Carroll 1865

Title: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Goodreads) Author: Lewis Carroll Published: Penguin, 1889 Pages: 239 Genre: Childrens, Classic My Copy: Personal Copy Buy: Amazon, (or visit your local Indie bookstore) One thing I think Lewis Carroll did right in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was the way he wrote a book suitable for kids and still enjoyable for adults. The characters in th...

Book Review – Foucaults Pendulum

Foucault\’s Pendulum. Translated From The Italian By William Weaver

Title: Foucault’s Pendulum (Goodreads) Author: Umberto Eco Published: Secker & Warburg 1989 Pages: 623 Genre: Historical Fiction, Speculative Fiction My Copy: Paperback Literary Achievements: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die List, PEN Translation Prize (1990), Premio Bancarella (1989) Buy: Amazon, Kindle Foucault’s Pendulum may not be for everyone and I will try not to...

Did Pop Culture Destroy Literature?

Popular Culture Timeline Of Computer History Computer History Museum

Isn’t it interesting that in pop culture, we think we know icons like Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. We know their basic story but until we read the books that made these characters famous, and then we realise that we have missed so much of the concepts and story. Frankenstein is referenced in countless movies but is most commonly associated with the monster, not the doctor. It...

IO9s 20 Science Fiction Novels That Will Change Your Life

The Time Machine H.g. Wells

I just stumbled across a list of 20 Science Fiction Novels that Will Change Your Life on the io9 blog. While I haven’t read all the books there are some great choices there and I thought I should share it with my readers as well. Whether you agree or not, this is an interesting list; Frankenstein (1818), by Mary Shelley The Time Machine (1895), by H.G. Wells At the Mountains of Madnes...

The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger

The Catcher In The Rye J.d. Salinger First Edition

Title: The Catcher In The Rye (Goodreads) Author: J.D. Salinger Published: Penguin, 1951 Pages: 241 Genre: Classic My Copy: Personal Copy Buy: Amazon, (or visit your local Indie bookstore) On one hand The Catcher In The Rye was an impressive insight of teenage life. I identified with many of those feelings when I was in high school. I remember feeling alone, annoyed all the time and ne...

100 Pretentious Books to Read Before you Die

Anna Karenina Audiobook By Leo Tolstoy

Yesterday I noticed someone located my blog by searching for “100 Pretentious Books to Read Before you die” which I found rather amusing and upon further investigation I found I was the top result with this post. After some fun on Twitter trying to pick 100 Books to read if you want to consider yourself as a pretentious reader, I thought I would post it here. Note this is a working progress an...