Posted by: CW | July 12, 2010

Return from Hiatus

I didn’t realise how long I’ve been gone from posting book reviews until I logged in and saw my last post was from back in February. I haven’t been gone because I’ve not been reading. I don’t think I could survive without a book. No, I’ve simply caught a case of the lazies. That and I was stretching myself too thin over many sites I really wanted to be involved in consistently. So, in the months since February, I’ve culled the sites I found more frustrating than enjoyable and will now return to writing reviews of the books I read. I will also transfer all of Sea’s reviews so that the sites are mirror images – more or less.

Posted by: seaeaglemorwenna | May 16, 2010

The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

At first the sheer size of this novelput me off, however I started to read it and was immediately pulled into the world of Sherman McCoy, Thomas Killan, and Larry Kramer.

Centered around the boomtime of the 80s, this novel explores how a seemingly perfect existence, where a person wants for nothing, and can seem to do nothing wrong, can be brought down around their heads by a freak occurrence. And perhaps the same still applies today, if you play a game of “risk”, be prepared to lose everything!

I thought Tom Wolfe’s descriptions were brilliant.

A rear door opened, and a Greek wearing a white uniform came staggering in carrying a prodigious tray full of coffee and soda containers, boxes of doughnuts, cheese Danishes, onion rolls, crullers, every variety of muck and lard known to the takeout food business, and half the room deserted the computer consoles and descended upon him, rooting about the tray like starving weevils.

This attention to detail with description is present throughout the novel, and makes the reader feel as if they are present. A huge book to read, but well worth it.

Posted by: seaeaglemorwenna | April 25, 2010

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

For the book back blurb, click here!

At long last I got around to reading this book, I do tend to buy several books at once, and work my way through them.

Because of all the hype around it I expected it to be a difficult book to read, I have found several critically acclaimed books to be like wading through treacle.

This one however, was a great book to read, I really couldn’t “put it down”, in fact I have sat and finished the remaining 100 and odd pages today, I just had to know what happened. I love the circular feel of the book, and the fact that events in Daniel’s life echo those of Julian Carax, but in this case…more a true echo, where it is never exactly the same as the first noise, the echo is always softer, not as harsh.

I loved this book, and if anyone else is wondering whether to read or not, and is put off by the hype, don’t be, it is as good if not better than the advertising and reviews claim.

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