Category Archives: Book Reviews

Moby Dick: Shut Up and Get to the Whale!

With Moby Dick being free to download on Kindle, I’ve already tried twice to read it in text format. The first time, I gave up about a third of the way through. A few years later, I tried again, thinking … Continue reading

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What’s With All The Hate For ‘Ready Player One’?

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, was published in 2011, but I only listened to the audiobook early last year, by which time the upcoming movie adaptation was well into development. I went into it cold, not knowing anything about … Continue reading

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Book review: Middlemarch (plus The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists)

After listening to the audiobook of Ulysses, and reading War and Peace in print, the last two audiobooks I listened to have also been “classics” that frequently appear on “books to read before you die” lists: The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists by … Continue reading

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Book review: Ask an Astronaut (plus a brief history of British astronauts)

The British may have once been considered great explorers, but we haven’t had our own manned space programme yet, and it was thirty years after the first manned spaceflight before a British citizen first made it into space. Helen Sharman … Continue reading

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Looking Back at 2017

2017 started off with some big changes for me personally, besides turning 30. I moved into a new house; I got a new, more satisfying job; and I started driving again after six years of relying on public transport. Overall, … Continue reading

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War and Peace: Yes, It’s Long, But It’s Worth It

Whenever somebody makes a joke or statement regarding a really, really long book, War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy is the typical reference point. It’s certainly so long as to be intimidating, containing 587,287 words. In contrast, the longest Harry … Continue reading

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Ulysses. Hmmm.

Is it possible to not fully understand something – while being aware that you don’t fully understand it – and still get pleasure out of it? When picking my next audiobook to listen to, I decided I was in the … Continue reading

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Book review: Artemis

From Andy Weir, the author of The Martian (my favourite book of 2015), comes a new science-fiction novel, Artemis. As with The Martian, I listened to the audiobook edition, which is narrated by Rosario Dawson. The performance on its own … Continue reading

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Thinking About Sherlock Holmes

Recently, I started listening to the audiobook of Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, narrated by Stephen Fry. Covering the four novels and fifty-six short stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle about Holmes – and with a foreword by Fry himself … Continue reading

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Raise the Titanic: The Book vs The Film

  One of the films I reviewed as part of my Titanic Month back in April was 1980’s Raise the Titanic, a massive box-office bomb which I felt suffered from poor pacing and lacklustre acting. This month, however, I took … Continue reading

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