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!)
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
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
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
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
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
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Monday, July 8, 2013
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.