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A big mistake?

Well I mean yes. Potentially. There is, somewhere, a list of the attributes one should look for in the literature one reads after a week of exams. Included on this list, presumably, are: Fewer than 1432 pages long. Not translated... Continue Reading →

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And the award for most upsetting film goes to…

Les Misérables. Yeah. Maybe this isn't so surprising if you've seen it before (if you haven't, you should leave now: first to watch it, and second because I'm incapable of not ruining it for you). Les Mis (what? I'm lazy)... Continue Reading →

Spiderman: Homecoming-mini review

It was fun and slightly exhilarating and generally for the first Marvel film I saw in cinema it was wonderful. Peter Parker is like the geeky teenager I try not to show in public, and all he really wants to... Continue Reading →

Review: Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

First off I have to admit that I broke my rule on this one, and watched the film first. I know. It's horrific. But it got me into Discworld which can only be a good thing in my eyes. So,... Continue Reading →

Film review: Beauty and the Beast

My first point, of course, is that the library is even better than I imagined it would be! In fact, everything was better than I expected it to be. Emma Watson was, as expected, wonderful as Belle, the rest of... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The first of my blind dates was… disappointing. When a book comes to me, all bound up in brown paper with the word ‘murder’ as the only clue to its contents, and when the cover has a recommendation from Cassie... Continue Reading →

Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, the wonderful, the charming, the quintessentially British, Newt Scamander! Newt is a hero unlike any I have come across before: he is beyond selfless, he spends maybe half of his conversations staring at... Continue Reading →

Review: The Children of Húrin by JRR Tolkien (edited by Christopher Tolkien)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_q2mYi7N4s Probably the most readable of all Tolkien’s lesser known works, The Children of Húrin is deeply disturbing and tragic in a manner which almost rivals Macbeth (I select Macbeth because it’s the only one of the great tragedies which... Continue Reading →

Revewi: This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel

This Dark Endeavour turned out to be delightfully chilling, with Oppel providing a real insight into what could have caused Frankenstein to act as he does in Shelley’s classic. I was, I confess, slightly wary about reading this—prequels, if well... Continue Reading →

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