Lanterns and Hardbacks

The reviews and musings of a twenty-something bibliophile

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo (War Horse #1)

3 stars I found this book very difficult to get into. It’s quite short and so it shouldn’t have taken as long to read as it did, but it was difficult to motivate myself to carry on as dull scenario... Continue Reading →


My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

5 stars This is the first book in quite a while that made me properly cry, by which I mean I was in public desperately trying to hide my face and surreptitiously wipe away tears. This alone is enough for... Continue Reading →

A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen

4 stars A Street Cat Named Bob is the true story of how a recovering drug addict in sheltered accommodation and a stray cat came together just when they each needed the other most. As others have noted, this is... Continue Reading →

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird #2)

3.5 stars I haven’t marked spoilers in this review because this isn’t a book that relies on plot, but I do discuss the things that happen at the end, so avoid this review if you would prefer not to hear... Continue Reading →

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

1.5 stars Spoilers have been written in white text which can be read by highlighting the relevant passage. The Penelopiad is quite a strange book and I’m still not entirely sure what I think of it. Told by both Penelope... Continue Reading →

The Price of Salt (Carol) by Patricia Highsmith

4.5 stars Spoilers have been written in white text which can be read by highlighting the relevant passage. A beautiful book about love, infatuation and growing up. Therese is a likeable character from the start, sweet and yet quite gutsy... Continue Reading →

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury (Green Town #1)

5 stars In discussions about books, one comes across the phrase 'a coming-of-age story' rather too frequently. However, this book is one of the best instances of this well-worn story pattern I've ever come across. The book's quasi-protagonist is Douglas... Continue Reading →

Engines of War by George Mann (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures Specials #4)

3.5 stars This was a competent doctor who story and I definitely enjoyed it. It had some great characters, I enjoyed the insight into the Time War, and the plot itself managed to both be self-contained and to tie in... Continue Reading →

The Coming of the Terraphiles by Michael Moorcock (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures Specials #1)

1 star An incredibly dull story somehow stretched out into a novel. There was occasionally a witty line which reminded me of Douglas Adams and at which I actually laughed aloud, but this only happened about four times in the... Continue Reading →

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