While many people have criticized the series—including myself, before reading it (“How could anyone re-write Carroll’s incredible books? It’s sacrilegious!”)—they really do present a fantastic story. There are ingenious creations and additions to Carroll’s world, perhaps not making it darker—as the original had quite some darkness to it, after all—but making it more gritty and perhaps more scary.
The Story of An African Farm will certainly be top of that list. It is a touching story covering the worrisome topics that bother us in our everyday lives and possibly in the early hours of the morning.
But first, here is a bit of background information about the novel. The Story of An African Farm is a popular novel that touches upon topical issues like feminism. Dating back to the late nineteenth century, it is one of those classics that is recognized as a timeless piece, the type which remains relevant to current times. And so you find that many consider this book as one of the earliest fictional takes on feminist themes. The author, Olive Schreiner, was a renowned spokesperson for such topics and thus, readers will find that subplots of this book were driven by her own beliefs and views. Other than feminism, prevailing themes include imperialism and religion where South African-born Schreiner painted the negative aspects of these two fields by drawing from her own experiences.
Chinua Achebe. This 78 year old Nigerian writer is well-known for this insightful novels and short stories about the African continent. Thus, it is no surprise that he has won numerous awards for his books including the Campion Medal (1996) and German Booksellers Peace Prize (2002). This particular review is about one of the most popular novels about his homeland – No Longer at Ease.
The folks who brought us the wildly popular and bestselling Pride & Prejudice & Zombies have done it again. Here. Sea for yourself (sea? heh. I crack me up...)
I offer you the Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters trailer:
Coming soon to the Lake Region near you.
I'm sorry to be so cheesy, but please don't knock the Kindle before you've tried it. If you are a reader and have the budget for the now $300 Kindle, I'd say, "Buy it!"
30 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do Before Turning 30 by Siobhan Adcock is no different than the rest of the check-em-off books I’ve been perusing. The back cover insists that the book is “Competence. Now in convenient book format: 30 must-have life skills every capable adult should perfect before turning 30.”
"The Commitment" opens up with the road-trip from Hell. Imagine the possible ramifications of a six-year-old who inexplicably listens to The White Stripes and Grand Theft Auto rather than the show-tunes or dance music his parents prefer, a “deaf brain-damaged, one-eyed poodle named Stinker”, and a gay couple driving across the country through the reddest of the red states imaginable. Before the trip, Dan tries to lay it on the line for his boyfriend Terry: “ Gay couples driving across Montana or South Dakota aren’t on a road trip, Terry. They’re on a suicide mission.”
"The Time Traveler's Wife" is the story of an extra-ordinary marriage in ordinary times. Well, not quite so ordinary if you consider the fact that the marriage takes place chronologically for Claire, the wife, and is more than a little irregular for Henry, her highly adaptable Chrono-Displaced husband who time travels not through a time machine, but because of a genetic mutation.
The Brightonomicon traces the footsteps of a mystery-solver and his assistant whilst sort out puzzling cases and save the world (and their neighboring suburbs in England) from various evils. All these cases are connected and are meant to help the main protagonists rid the world of the greatest villain it has ever seen.
Recently, I was looking for the name of a book I read as a kid about racism and prejudice in South Africa. That was the backdrop to the main story which in turn was about the friendship between two young girls of different races. It was a well-written, rather touching story and yes, I still don't know the name of that book. However, my quest to find its name led me to explore various lists of recommended reading for young adults. This lead to a starting discovery. Now, tell me something ... is it just me or has the number of books about princesses and ponies increased in number since I left school? Or has it always been like that?