Happy Day of the Force my young padawans! It is finally upon us, Star Wars Day, the day where we can don our finest robes, hook our lightsabers to our belts and wander round the streets pretending to force choke anyone who gives us even the slightest of sneering looks…
“No one in the world gets what they want and that is beautiful.”
– Wade Watts
With the anticipation of the new Stephen Spielberg blockbuster hitting screens, I decided to pick up a copy of Ernest Cline’s bestseller, ‘Ready Player One’, and find out just what the fuss was all about.
In Wishful Drinking, the first in her series of memoirs, Carrie Fisher bares all. Taking us through growing up with celebrity parentage, her struggles with drug-use, and the guiding light that was the birth of her daughter Billie.
I absolutely hate that phrase. As soon as it hit 00:00 on 01/01/2017 my Facebook page was spammed with “New Year, new me! posts. But is it really?
Yes it’s a new year, but how exactly are you new? When you wake up on 1st January, you’re still exactly the same person as you were on 31st December, you just may have new resolutions/goals/aspirations that you want to complete. That in no way makes you new.
Alas, I like most have indeed set myself some 2017 goals. I call them ‘goals’ rather than resolutions as majority of them are numeric, and have a tangible result. Now these are things that need much consideration, so I decided to take the first week of the New Year to work out what I think I can achieve.
The Sleeper and the Spindle is a ‘sort of’ retelling of two classic fairytales: Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. Written by Neil Gaiman, it follows his winning format, taking a well known subject and twisting it with dark and sinister undertones. Chris Riddell’s gorgeous illustrations compliment the story perfectly in every way.
The Girl on the Train is a high-paced thriller, telling the tale of Rachel Watson. Recently unemployed due to her newfound love of wine and a bad break up with her ex-husband, Rachel is on a path of self-destruction.
To hide her sorry state from best-friend Cathy, she continues to take her daily commute for London. Becoming obsessed with a young couple she sees sitting out on their deck each day, Rachel starts to fantasizing about the lives of ‘Jess and Jason’.
But when ‘Jess’ goes missing, can Rachel provide the missing link to her sudden disappearance?
Today we have my good friend and work colleague, Clare guest-posting on the blog. We have been meaning to do this for a while now, but as usual the busyness of life got in the way!
But without further adieu, I hand you over to Clare…
About Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Format: Hardback Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Published: 31st July 2016 Pages: 320 Pages
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
“Sometimes we get sad about things and we don’t like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret.”
Mark Hadden, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time tells the story of Christopher Boone. A 15-year old boy with an autism spectrum condition, Christopher struggles to cope with the outside world. One night he finds his neighbour’s dog dead, a garden fork sticking out of its body, and from there a whirlwind of investigation and adventure awaits.
The Girl With All the Gifts, by M.R Carey, is a book that was recommended to me by my work colleague and good friend Clare (better known as A Book and Tea). The story follows 10 year old Melanie. Melanie is not a regular young girl though, she is in fact one of the zombie-like creatures known as ‘hungries’.
This is not your typical ‘let’s run away from all the zombie’s’ book. The story focuses on Melanie’s innate passion for knowledge, her infatuation with her teacher, Helen Justineau, as well as her realisation that she’s not quite the same as anyone else.