In Anticipation of The Book of Dust

I anticipate the arrival of ‘La Belle Sauvage’, the first part of Philip Pullman’s sequel trilogy to ‘His Dark Materials’.
In this post I examine the recently released covers and sample extract from the upcoming book.

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The Casual Vacancy Review

The Casual Vacancy; JK Rowling’s first dip into writing for the adult audience. It blew charts away,  being bought by millions and obviously earning her a fortune due to its £20 price tag. I must admit it was an interesting read, not something I would usually delve into but interesting still the same. The book…

Finished Lord of the Rings! At last!

An era has ended for me, for I have just finished the Lord of the Rings! That’s right, after about half a year of on/off reading, I have finally got to the end of those devilishly hard-to-read books. Why did it take so long? I really don’t know. The truth is that the Lord of…

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

There are many books in the world where one read simply doesn’t do them justice. There are some books that have to be read, if not over and over again, at least more than once. Three of these such books are Northern Light, the Subtle Knife and the Amber Spyglass, or ‘His Dark Materials’ if…

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

I read ‘The Fault in our Stars’ by John Green, for two reasons. Firstly everybody I knew seemed to have read it and secondly, it had a really cool cover. It tells the story of Hazel, a girl with cancer who is using a constant stream of drugs to keep her alive. One day, at…

The Hobitit

‘Hobitit’ is a Finnish TV Series, being one of the only live-action representations of the Lord of The Rings. In a total of nine episodes this series shows the finding of the one ring by Bilbo Baggins and then goes on to account Books 1,2,4 and 6 of the Lord of the Rings, as narrated…

The Hobbit! – 1966 Film

‘The Hobbit!’ is a 1966 adaptation of JRR Tolkein’s legendary novel. It is famous, not only for being the first adaptation of the Hobbit but also for doing the inconceivable and condensing the whole story into just 12minuetes. Perhaps Jackson could have got some ideas from there. I would like this ‘film’ as it were,…

Osgiliath? When did they go to Osgiliath?

That, and by that I mean the title, is a very good question. Where does it say in the Lord of the Rings, or in any of the dozen books of notes accompanying them that Faramir took Frodo, Sam and Gollum to Osgiliath? Nowhere. So why the hell does director choose to add in that…

Flooding of Isengard

It seems a good way to continue reading Lord of the Rings with your sanity intact is to every now and again, put it down and try to forget about it. This I recently did and yesterday recommenced the story at what I must describe as ‘quite a cool part’. It was the flooding of…

The Battle of Helmsdeep

It’s been an everlasting conundrum for me as I cannot seem to work out whether I prefer the book or film versions of the Lord of the Rings. The film is more concise and the action scenes are better (well of course, you can see them) however the book gives you all the background description…

The Higher Institute of Villainous Education

HIVE; a school hidden on a mysterious island, in the middle of the Pacific island. HIVE; a school house in a volcano, home to scientists, assasins and talking cats. HIVE; the ultimate school for villains. The HIVE serues follows the trail of Otto Malpense, Wing Fanchu, Laura Brand and Shelby Trinity as they begin their…

My top 5 Harry Potter Characters

Today I will be rounding up all the Harry Potter characters and choosing my favourite five. 5. Scabior Although a rather minor character in the books I feel that his increased role in the last two films created a recognisable follower of Voldemort. Scabior takes on the role of the leader of the Snatchers in…