Lanterns and Hardbacks

The reviews and musings of a twenty-something bibliophile

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 →

Human Nature by Paul Cornell (Virgin New Adventures #38)

4 stars Human Nature has just overtaken Prisoner of the Daleks as my favourite Doctor Who book. The Eighth Doctor has turned himself human and is teaching at an English boarding school in 1913. Sound familiar? That's because this is... Continue Reading →

Eric by Terry Pratchett (Discworld #9)

5 stars Terry Pratchett is one of my all-time favourite authors and his death earlier this year [this was first published on goodreads in 2015] really saddened me, but I'm definitely not one to put him on a pedestal. I... Continue Reading →

Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks

5 stars First of all, let me just say that I could not put this book down. I read it in two sittings, which would have been one had it not got to around 5am at the end of the... Continue Reading →

The Girl from Ithaca by Cherry Gregory (Sister of Odysseus #1)

2 stars This was an enjoyable book for the most part. Easy to read, likeable characters, well-constructed world, but I do think a lot more could have done with it. I feel like the book would have benefited from being... Continue Reading →

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