Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Your number is up. A review of Paolo Giordano’s The Solitude of Prime Numbers

I don’t know how I came to buy Paolo Giordano’s The Solitude of Prime Numbers. It might be that I saw it mentioned on TIME magazines best summer reads or some list like that. Regardless of where I heard about it, I ordered it online and immediately got into it once it arrived. Summary and review after the jump (warning; some tiny spoilers-which pretty much already happen in the first 10 pages- but still, I don’t want to hear any whining that I didn’t warn you; so there!)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Pass It On - A review of Ships that pass in the night

Though it is probably not a well known book, but certainly one worth the trouble, Ships That Pass in the Night was Beatrice Harraden’s first published work. A kind of unconventional love story, the novel makes use of humorous occurrences as well as dramatic moments, to bring it’s characters to life. Firstly, a quick summary after the jump.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Free stuff and a chance to win even more

So, the BookDepository just came up with an awesome campaign called the Quotemark. From now on, every book you buy will come with a free specialized bookmark (see pic below) which frames nicely around your favorite book quote. Using the Quotemark, take a picture of your favorite quote and upload it to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook along with the hashtag, #LoveThisQuote. Each week, the Book Depository will pick a winner out of the sent in pics and that person will win a cool book. Cool, right? So, get to buying to receive your free Quotemark and the ability to win more. http://www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=Jonathandesouza

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Hungry like the wolf- A review of Michael Grant’s Hunger

While the first book in a series acts as an introduction to the setting and the character, the following books can delve more easily into the narrative seeing as how the reader is already familiar with most of the material. The writer can focus on things or people who did not feature as heavily in the first story, while still introducing new elements to keep the reader intrigued. Michael Grant’s Hunger is a good example of such a sequel. Read on after the jump.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Give a Little- A review of Lois Lowry’s The Giver

Dystopian literature is probably my all-time favorite genre. I even wrote my bachelor thesis on the subject- at first I wanted to prove that dystopian literature is a genre in its own right, separate from science fiction, but when I couldn’t find enough sources to back up my claim, I decided to focus on another aspect of the subgenre- and I was very pleased with the outcome. Lowry’s The Giver was one of the novels I used for my arguments. The story, published in 1993, featuring a young boy expected to carry an immense burden for a community that is unfeeling, still resonates with readers nowadays, making it a modern classic. More after the jump.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Here today, Gone Tomorrow- A review of Michael Grant's Gone

So there I was, at a book-fair, and I see these awesome hardcover books with a completely black cover (save for a colorful title) and brightly colored pages. The books, Hunger in orange, and Plague in red, were my first encounter with the Gone novels. I bought both, In this instance actually judging books by their cover because I had no idea what they were actually about. When I got home I did my research, and immediately ordered the first novel in the series; Gone. The story, in a sense a modernized version of William Golding's Lord of the Flies, is fast-paced and very enjoyable. But before I get into the review, read the summary after the jump.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Just End Already! A review of Bret Easton Ellis' Imperial Bedrooms

I used to think that the more you enjoy a novel, the faster you’re likely to get through it. I finished Brest Easton Ellis’ Imperial Bedrooms in less than three days. That’s how fast I wanted to be done with it. but before I get started, synopsis and review after the jump

Monday, July 8, 2013

Hide the flags!! A review of Evelyn Waugh's 'Put Out More Flags'

In the midst of the second World War, Evelyn Waugh wrote a series of novels depicting the English involvement, whether through soldier's eyes or civilians who stayed at home. Put Out More Flags is one of these novels. first published in 1942 the novel follows several characters through the first year of the war and how their lives are altered because of it. read on for a short summary and a review.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars, reviewed

I'm a professed Young Adult fiction fan. I find that teen angst can be used to convey many emotions and settings that are somewhat more difficult ( though not at all impossible) to bring forth in otherwise normal fiction. Though I'm more into the post-apocalyptic, dystopian side of the genre, I got to know John Green, as  many others undoubtedly did, Through the YouTube page he shares with his brother, Hank. I bought The Fault in Our Stars about a week ago and immediately got into it. Read a synopsis and my review after the jump