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Jurassic Park Review

The name Jurassic Park brings to mind animatronic dinosaurs and chase scenes through deserted theme parks. Today few people, myself included, know there was a book before the film. Written by sci-fi author Michal Crichton in 1990, this book explores the dangers of taking science too far. The novel opens with a series of mysterious…

Books

Jim Moore Book Review

For our last issue, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jim Moore about his book series, and I was desperate to read them.  ‘Radulf the Aetherling’ sees a recently orphaned Rat Prince come to terms with his newfound Kingship. Alongside his close friend Runcorn, he must take his displaced subjects elsewhere, crossing dangerous rivers and…

Books, Venue

The unstable future of book reviews

Sometimes dealing with the fallout of the Coronavirus feels like tackling a hydra; when one issue seems to be resolved, two more grow in its place. A significant blow to the economy has seen a disastrous domino effect, wherein cuts to the most “unnecessary” sectors have been made through practical, economic reasoning. Formal book reviews…

Arts

Book review: A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

Shocking, suspenseful and above all genius are three words that I’d use to describe John Boyne’s latest novel, A Ladder to the Sky. The story follows Maurice, a young and aspiring novelist with an all-consuming desire for success. Throughout his journey to become an author, Maurice is determined and does not shy away from exploitative…

Arts

Book review: The Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting

It is uncommon for a book not originally written in English to become popular in the UK, but Norwegian journalist and author Lars Mytting achieved this rare feat when his book Norwegian Wood became a (surprising) hit among British readers. Mytting’s international success is an example of how books about apparently niche subjects can end…

Arts

Book review: Melmoth by Sarah Perry

Sat on one of the pews in the Unitarian Octagon Church, I cannot help but be in awe of the space. The Book Hive owners were quite right, we would not have all fit in the shop. Once upon a time, before Sarah Perry had become Sarah Perry, her book launches had been hosted in…

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Book review: The End by Karl Ove Knausgård

For a decade now, there have been a continual debate among Norwegian authors, critics, journalists and readers about the ethics of virkelighetslitteratur, or autofiction. The debate was sparked in 2009 by the publication of Karl Ove Knausgård’s autobiographical novel My Struggle, and now the last volume is published in the UK under the title The…

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