Category Archives: children’s books

The Hobbit: Peter Jackson vs Tolkien

My first memories of The Hobbit come from Primary School. I recall a relief teacher reading part of it to the class. I bought my first copy of the book about 15 years ago, a large hardcover illustrated by Alan … Continue reading

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Fictional Discoveries and a Memoir or Two

Looking back through this year’s reading list I find that I’ve discovered (and rediscovered) several authors that I’d love to read again. I’ve added their other books to my wishlist. Starting at the beginning of the year the discoveries have … Continue reading

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Spoiled Again!!!

When is a spoiler not a spoiler? Maybe when it’s in the title of a book? Moving on from The Satanic Verses I’ve started reading Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera. Now THERE’S a title that gives us a very good idea … Continue reading

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My Fictional Autobiography (part 2): Mostly Fantasy

My later teens are nothing to be proud about. I refused to read the required novels for my English classes in High School (but passed my final exams anyway). And I read many books of questionable taste such as Stanley … Continue reading

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My Fictional Autobiography (part 1): Childhood

In my early blogging days I wrote about the progression of my musical tastes through the different stages of my life. I have been thinking of doing the same with my literary tastes, but for some reason it doesn’t seem … Continue reading

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