Category: Books

Interpreting LOTR

Open Democracyhas recently had a couple of articles written about the film trilogy that is LOTR. The first one:The Return of...

Love Remains by

Have just finished reading Glan Duncan’s Love Remains. Saw it in my local library and because I loved I, Lucifer so...

East of Eden by

originally read 18th August 2003ISBN: 0140292942 My reread of East of Eden was down to the fact that my book club...

Weathercock by

ISBN: 0743220153 I’ll start this review by stating that ever since I read I, Lucifer I have been a fan of...

Stoner by

ISBN: 0099445093 No not a book about drugs but a story about a university life. Not what we might call a...

Beauty by

Beauty is a retelling of many fairy tales, but with a slight agenda. And no I’m not really talking about a...

Abarat by

ISBN: 0002259524 Barker has created an interesting world but I found that the whole story was overshadowed by the ending. But...

I, Lucifer by

ISBN: 0743220137 Now this is a truly fantastic book. The basic premise is that God offers the Devil one last chance....

The Pillars of Creation by

Terry Goodkind
A very wierd book, imo. Almost nothing at all about Richard, instead it is all about his half-sister Jenn.

I have such an ambivalent attitude towards this series. I quite enjoy reading them but the political and philosophical meaning behind the stories is almost the exact opposite of everything I would believe in.
In Wizard’s First Rule for example the basic premise was that people are stupid. That mob rule always wins out, and by being able to manipulate that you can guide people into believing almost anything.