Don’t be mad at me – I didn’t make my reading target this month! I am still going on The Fictional Woman by Tara Moss (and really enjoying it by the way), but it will have to wait until next month to be reviewed. I blame February – this stupid short month is very deceptive, and I personally feel like it’s out to get me. Maybe.
I did manage to get through some good books though, and here they are:
The Pelican Brief (thriller)
When two Supreme Court justices are murdered in bizarre circumstances by an unknown faction, law student Darby Shaw comes up with a brief identifying an unlikely culprit – a culprit who has ties with the White House. She soon finds herself in danger of her life, and must find a way to expose the truth without becoming a victim herself.
I saw the movie of this book last year, so the story wasn’t much of a surprise to me – in fact, the movie was an excellent adaption. I love a good Grisham for the ease of reading and the cracking pace. Sure, his writing isn’t beautiful, but it is entertaining and cohesive enough to be extremely enjoyable. I’m looking forward to checking out the firm (another movie that I love) later this year.
The Slap (fiction)
When a man slaps another couple’s young child at a backyard barbecue, the incident divides families and friendships. Through the viewpoint of eight people who were there that day, the reader sees that nothing in life or relationships is black and white.
I have very mixed feelings about this modern Australian classic – I gave it three stars because I found it very depressing and full of characters that were more hateful than relatable. However, I feel like the fact that I have such strong feelings about it means that it achieved its purpose of providing a dark commentary on marriage, relationships and modern Australian society. The themes of addiction, violence and adultery run strongly through the novel, and really make you think.
On another note, I don’t know about you guys, but I sympathise a little bit with the guy who hit the little monster child. By the end of the book, I had definitely questioned that initial reaction once or twice though. Have you guys read the book or seen the TV show? What did you think?
River God (historical fiction)
Taita the slave is the mastermind behind the entire kingdom of Egypt (or so he would tell it), pulling the strings of his protégées Lostris and Tanus, and even mighty Pharaoh himself. His adventures take him from one end of the kingdom to the other, lasting him through years of peace and years of exile.
The only way I can describe this book is epic. It’s epically long in pages, but also spans about three decades or so in the novel itself. I found it very enjoyable and readable (I hear that Wilbur Smith is a very popular author, but I hadn’t heard of him until my Dad bought me this book for my birthday). Taita, the narrator, did get on my nerves a bit, because to hear him tell it, he was responsible for every governing decision, every invention and every fortuitous coincidence that befell Egypt while he was alive. By the end though, I had grown to love him (as apparently had everyone in the story itself).
Apparently Smith first claimed that his story, which combines politics, romance, war and revenge, was a true one, transcribed from scrolls found in a hitherto unopened Egyptian tomb. However, he later admitted that the story was completely false when confronted with numerous historical inaccuracies (that don’t detract from the story at all really in my opinion).
Harry Potter: Film Wizardry (reference)
Harry Potter: Film Wizardry is a beautiful book detailing the making of the eight Harry Potter films. It is filled with interviews from the cast and crew, behind the scenes photography, concept art and souvenirs.
If you love Harry Potter, you cannot help but love this book. It is so beautifully put together, and contains a wealth of information. I bought it for myself for Christmas, and I am very grateful to myself! It even explained the reasons behind a few of the departures from the books, which I found really interesting (yes, I am one of those people who sits through movies screeching ‘THAT WASN’T IN THE BOOK!!!’). Definitely a must for any Potterhead.
Ok so for March, I’ve got the rest of The Fictional Woman lined up, as well as I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, Burial Rites by Hannah Kent and Eat, Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (I’m guessing there’s probably a few of you who have read this one??). I’m also working my way through The Hobbit again, as well as A Game of Thrones (which I am loving even more the second time). So happy March and happy reading until I see you again! x