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Alias Grace

Based on the true story of Grace Marks, an infamous murderer in Canada in the 1840’s, Atwood’s book uses different narrators to tell the story, as well as interspersing the story with extracts from other works. From poems, fiction, newspapers of the time, and other sources. Although this is based on the real story, Atwood has, of course, fictionalised a great deal of the novel.

The two narrators are Grace herself, who tells her story in the first person, past tense, and Simon Jordan, the doctor investigating her claims of insanity or innocence. His parts are told by a third person narrator, and are in the present tense.

Raw

Original title : Grave This film is just great. It is so unsettling and uncomfortable and eww-inducing. There were parts where I just couldn’t watch. It is just… damn. But it isn’t graphic in a guts being spilled over the place, or slicing and dicing people. It is graphic in the little moments, and that […]

God’s own country

Johnny Saxby is running his family farm pretty much single-highhandedly. His father’s illness means he can’t help out, although he can still point out what needs doing. His mother left a long time ago. It’s just him, his father, and his nan living an isolated life in Yorkshire. He spends his day looking after the […]

Avengers : Infinity War

Given the box office takings I’m guessing you’ve already seen this film. I mean, hasn’t everyone? But nevertheless there shall be no spoilers here, because you just never know do you… If you are a fan of the Marvel ‘verse then you’ll be going to see this I presume, and to be honest you need […]

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Wild : a journey from lost to found

Sometimes the blurb of a book can be a tad off putting. I remember when I first became aware of Wild : a journey from lost to found a few years ago. It became very popular at the library and we had a fair few requests for it. But the description did absolutely nothing for […]

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The Tea Master and the Detective

A book in the The Universe of Xuya I do love the idea of ships as people. I really enjoyed Anne McCaffrey’s The Ship Who series way back in the way off times when I read it. It’s just a fascinating idea, a space ship with all the computing power of an AI, but still […]

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The lost steersman

The Steerswoman series ; book 3 Last year I read and really enjoyed the first two books in this series, but for some reason it has taken me almost a year to get around to book 3. This series all follows the same story, so you’ll need to read them in order. I really enjoyed […]

The cat who walked a thousand miles

Read it online at Tor.

reread in April, 2018 and loved it just as much.

A long time ago in Japan, when cats were new there, an earthquake shook Small Cat’s home, and her city caught fire. In escaping the fire she ran too far from her home and her fudoki. “The fudoki was the collection of stories about all the cats who had lived in a place. It described what made it a home, and what made the cats a family.” In fleeing the fire the Small Cat gets lost in the city but decides to follow the story of her aunts, The Cat Who Came From the North. And so she heads North. But she goes too far and soon is so far from home that she thinks she will never find her way to her fudoki again.

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Annihilation [based on the book]

I’m not quite sure how to start talking about Annihilation. I really liked it. But plot-wise anything I say to blurb it will sound either ridiculous or way too confusing. So as little as possible then… a group of people investigate a strange phenomenon that nobody else has ever returned from. Inside “the shimmer” they […]

I, Tonya

Back in 1994 I was 15, and I didn’t have any real interest in figure skating. So vague stories of “the incident” that resulted in Nancy Kerrigan getting hit in the leg floated by me, but I never paid an attention to it. This was pre-internet((well, as far as i was aware)) peoples, random news […]

Se7en

I can still remember going to see this film in the cinema more than twenty years ago. It is one of those films that has always stayed with me. And what’s strange it that although I don’t think I have rewatched it too many times since then((once or twice tops I’d guess)) I remember so […]

The wonder engine

The Clocktaur War ; book 2 Some books are just great fun. You sit down to see what they’re like and before you know it you’ve read the whole book and are wishing you would’ve slowed down a bit because now it is over. I loved the first book, and this sequel is just as […]