Monthly Archives: September 2009

book-thief

The Book Thief

Having just finished reading Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief I struggle to put the experience into words. It is easily one of the most emotionally enthralling books I’ve read, and one of very very few that could bring tears to my eyes. The story is […]

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The Penelopiad

I have read one Margaret Atwood novel before (Cat’s Eye), and remember being very impressed by her writing. I was thus pleased to find her short reworking of Odysseus’ tale (as commonly told in the Iliad and the Odyssey), both because she wrote it and […]

Ladies

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

Alexander McCall Smith’s book The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is very popular. I have a distrust of public opinion however, at least regarding literature, so I started reading it with a somewhat sceptical view. I was pleasantly surprised, however. This book is written with a […]

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Asbesmiddag

‘n Onlangse trip oorsee het my baie tyd gegee op vliegtuie, treine en stasies. Gevolglik kon ek heelwat lees. Etienne van Heerden se nuutste boek, Asbesmiddag, was die eerste ordentlike Afrikaanse roman wat ek in ‘n lang tyd gelees het, en ek moet erken dit […]

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I am Legend

A recent trip overseas gave me lots of time on trains, planes and waiting for said transport. As a result I read quite a few books. Ever since I saw the recent Hollywood movie I’ve wanted to read I am Legend by Richard Matheson. I […]

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Meanwhile Don’t Push and Squeeze

A recent trip overseas gave me lots of time on trains, planes and waiting for said transport. As a result I read quite a few books. Meanwhile Don’t Push and Squeeze is the autobiographical account of the year that South African Robert Berold spent in […]

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A Kestrel for a Knave

A recent trip overseas gave me lots of time on trains, planes and waiting for said transport. As a result I read quite a few books. I found Barry Hines’ book A Kestrel for a Knave quite by accident at a charity book fair, and […]

Orcs

Orcs

A recent trip overseas gave me lots of time on trains, planes and waiting for said transport. As a result I read quite a few books. I read Orcs, by Stan Nicholls, while on holiday in the UK.  It’s a book I had seen many […]