Wednesday, 16 November 2011

well i think, im a huge liar and a bit of a dolt.

I said that I would update more often... and of course I haven't. I have been much more concerned with the upkeep of another blog of mine about another passion of mine. Video Games.

yeah I know inter-blog advertising is silly, but hey its my own blogs so who cares.

I guess some info on a book would be a start on this one. so here goes, no wiki reports either, an honest to god review.

where to start? i think with the title no? it is Look Back in Anger, not much of a book, more of a play, but literature is strongest when it is able to be replayed live instead of within the walls of ones own imagination. it really does convey the stagnancy of the 1950's along with the uncertainty of the government and the anguish and loss of the intelligent with poor backgrounds. quite a relatable subject in these times, when if you have passed high school with all the highest grades and dont plan on going to university you truly are stuck, quite like our young Jimmy. The guy is put out to be the smartest person in the book and seemingly with the huge contrast of vocabulary and thoughtfulness, possibly the smartest in the country. and all he can do is watch in disdain while ihstory repeats itself while putting everyone out of their comfort zone with disturbing references. you see, Jimmy is an ass, he's smart and he knows it, so he wont cease to disparagingly attack all those under his intellectualism for their indecisiveness or lack of ambition. deep down, i like the guy as he's too smart for his position but he cant advance. poor bugger

so i might (note the word MIGHT) update more, but it is a lot harder to manage 2 blogs about different subjects... or to read a worthwhile book every week. (the good ones are rarer than diamonds in shit)

Monday, 19 September 2011

Another summer, Another post

I really should read more over the summer instead ofdrinking away the time. But in all regards this summer was intense, passionate and fun-filled. So back into the routine that is senior school, 1 more year then poof! Off to uni. Scary thought if it passes as fast as the summer did. No books to report on. (Probably a good thing) but make sure to read a book called Scar Night. Favourite of mine from the past.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

hello again, it has been a while and well very damned little has happened except well i have passed a couple of my As-level exams..... and failed the majority of the other ones, so win some lose some. im re-attempting them and hopefully getting an improved mark in them. Also im not going parting anymore, poor little me. Its because i want to save cash for an oxygen ticket. So i'll probably post a lot more in the absence of excessive alcohol.

for a book review, I'm thinking "The Reaper Man" by Terry Pratchett. its another of the satirical and sensationally funny Discworld series, this installment sees Death late for work... well apart from being, well, Death. hes gone missing and his unlucky manservant Albert needs to find him...

Miles away in a remote farmtown in the Ramtop mountains, an old woman has found a new employee and he's a bit on the thin side...

Thats all i got folks, and probably i'l be back in a couple of days with more.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Well. Its been a little while since i last posted. and a whole lot has been happening. I've gotten round to finally learning computer coding languages, i'm officially out of debt from my sister (it was worse than you could imagine) and im actually working in classes. A delicate medium of drink,games,work and friends is being maintained with little effort.... also i have found the joys of minecraft.

the book of the day is Mort. by Terry Pratchett. i love that man... this has Death recruiting a young lad from the mountains as an apprentice... but apprentices eventually become masters and Death aint going to die any time soon so a deads end job in my opinion.
Well anyway, Mort goes with Death and quickly picks up the tricks of the trade, excepth the part where you shouldn't fall in love with your clients... definatly tough in his line of work when everyone eventually dies, but he falls in love and attempts to save her. He does but he doesnt know the repurcussions of this rash action and accidentally opens up a shrinking parrallel reality, time is running out and the princess (the girl he saves)  is being ignored and forgotten when she's still alive a ""royal" outrage. As time repairs itself, Mort and Death end up quarrelling and fighting, which Mort loses spectacularly. yet Death, as usual shows a compassion streak unnatural to the immortaland has a "chat" with the gods. then mort has a choice... the princess or deaths daughter (dont ask).....

Thursday, 17 February 2011

i havent read

and in the wake of war, we are left to rebuild the peices. valentines has come and gone, and my girlfriend wants me dead, you remember when i said i was a unromantic person? well she didnt believe me... her fault, but kind of mine that i forgot her present and card... and she got me all sorts of things like a bracelet (i quite like the Hawaiian bracelets) and socks..... i then had to go and when she wasnt looking sneak buy a lovely bracelet for 80 effin quid.... she then said "i saw you buy that" and took it then walked off in a strump.... shit.

well books again.
book of the week is.... catcher in the rye,
i havent actually readed it yet, getting round to it. i dont much go in for the mainstream books, classic or modern crap i know it sounds bad but theres very little about mainstream stuff that interests me, harry potter, twilight or "i-dunno-what-the-kids-read-these-days" so yea, catcher in the rye is a um book about um themes and um shit.....

Sunday, 13 February 2011

okay people its nearing valentines day and theres a slight tinge  of romance in everything. im not a soppy person, public displays of affextion are nice but too much is just bordering on public pornography and indecencey. i cant say much as i know im a mad hypocrite about that, but i guess i know how people feel when the see there woman/man for the first time in weeks, yet i know that its silly and disguists other people i dont care.

so the book for today is another terry pratchett book, the light fantastic, the basicly sequel to the colour of magic, same main characters basicly and the Luggage. more outrlandish disc adventures. oh joy from rincewind,
the end sees crazyness... as usual
read it youl understand better.also the end of the disc is nigh

Thursday, 10 February 2011

hi all. its been a few days since i last posted, feels more like a month.... again. this week has gone by at the pace of a turtle trapped in treacle and its uncool. i have finally finished fixing my cd albums. deleted every song off my laptop, then proceeded to add each album iindividually and get all the album artwork etc for syncing to my mp3 player. took some time but it kept mew busy, too busy in fact to have read anyhting or taken a comment on what to do my biased and badly written reviews on.
but, alas i  must have a paragraph of verbal diarrhea on a book of the week without consulting the gods of wikipedia. so here goes. umm,..... harry potter? no too mainstream. cathcer in the rye? hvent read it yet..... um O.o i know!!!!
you know themes? and how the books main theme is usually meaningfull. like in harry potter "your friends are your most important asset" or lord of the rings "good always wins"
twilights is "you MUST have a boyfriend." simply.

so there you go another reason to hate twilight :D

Monday, 7 February 2011

awright lads, today i have found the joys of my old sony walkman. not the tape player, im not that retro but my 8gb mp3 player, i lost it a while ago and have been without music ever since, so now iv decided to put EVERY CD I own on it, a feat that will take well over a week of copying, but it will be worth it i think.

il be going quickely over a book which, unfortunately, i have to read. the death of a salesman by arthur miller. an As level book for my coursework. its about an old salesman, Willy Loman, not highborn man, his name mewans average, showing that a tradgedy of a book can not only be written on kings and heros but on working class people. as they say, take pity on those the god ignore for their lives are fraught with hardship.
Willy is scraping a meager living of his job as a salesman and his ever increasing mental health issues, he constantly argues with his oldest son about how he cant get a decent job. yet in the past his son never argued with him and only ever looked up to him. something went wrong. Willy cheated on his wife on a work trip and his son caught him and in that moment lost all respect for him.
All of Willys problems stem from this one dillemma in his life, and in the end he feels he can no longer go on, and in a spurt of madness, believing that some health insurance could ste his family up for life, he kills himself. we never know if this payment goes through but it seems that it wont as in the past this had nearly happened and was declared self inflicted damage. so in the end a family loses its father and husband and are left with nothing.

this play, is a satirical, mocking look at the american dream ideal and how it drives people insane and people will alsways try to "get rich or die trying" unfortunately it is usually the latter that happens.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

havent posted in a couple of days, thats because my laptop got formatted and i needed to redownloas evrything. and when i wasnt doing that i was partying like a madman. im sticking to switching between the morganville series and a couple other books, hopefully ones you want me to review or some jazz like that. at the moment the other books that im reading are the discorld series by terry pratchett, too many books to review in a year never mind one post, so we;'l start with the first one. the colour of magic, a great book, i love it,
The main character is an incompetent and cynical wizard named Rincewind. He involuntarily becomes a guide to the rich but naive tourist from the Agatean Empire, Twoflower. Forced to flee the city of Ankh-Morpork to escape a terrible fire, they begin on a journey across the Disc.

Unknown to them, their journey is controlled by the Gods playing a board game. Rincewind and Twoflower are controlled by the Lady, and is pitted agaist the champions of Zephyrus, the god of slight breezes, Fate and Offler the Crocodile God, in the game supervised by Blind Io.The duo face a mountain troll and are separated. The ignorant Twoflower ends up being led to the Temple of Bel-Shamharoth, and Rincewind ends up in a tree-nymph inhabited tree. Rincewind manages to escape while the tree-nymphs try to kill him and is reunited with the tourist. Together with Hrun the Barbarian, they escape from the Temple of Bel-Shamharoth the Soul Eater, which collapses. Later, Hrun agrees to travel with and protect Twoflower and Rincewind in exchange for Heroic pictures of him from Twoflower's magical picture box.

They visit Wyrmberg, an upside-down mountain which is home to dragons that only exist in the imagination. The names of the dragons' riders feature punctuation in the middle, making reference and parody of the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffery. They nearly go over the waterfall on the edge of the Disc, only to be rescued and taken to the country of Krull, a city perched on the very edge of the Discworld inhabited by hydrophobic wizards. The Krullians wish to discover the gender of Great A'Tuin, the giant turtle which carries the Discworld through space, so they have built a space capsule to launch over the Edge. They intend on sacrificing Rincewind and Twoflower to get Fate to smile on the voyage. Instead, Rincewind, Twoflower and Tethis the water troll hijack the capsule in an attempt to escape and are launched off the Disc themselves.
 thats the wiki plot summary for those who havent read it yet. its filled with wit and satirical ponderings on social life in cities and tourism. also rincewind is by far the most futile wizzard ever.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

hellooooo boys. alright maths test over, im getting stuck into A-level coursework on the tempest, on of the few books i really dont like. but aswell as that, im re-reading the dark tower trilogy by steven king, awesome series, awesome author. however i dont much like the excessive mystery of rolands background untill later on in the series. it is in fact the only criticism of the dark tower series. every other thing is laid out perfectly, execpt the ending, I have to read thingsd through to the end, even if i don't want to, the ending, was a slight letdown, possibly because it was all over, or just because it wasnt the epic that i had imagined. but it is not the destination thats the important its arriving in style

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

continuing from last post, im still watching skins yes. it is awesome, yes. and i wish,  agains everything that i could go make an in detail blog on skins, but this is a book thread. and also continuing from last time, i am continuing with my review of the 1st of the morganville series. because i love these books i will do an indepth 10post or so review of them :) not tonight though, as i have a maths test. funfun

Thursday, 27 January 2011

a different approach

today is not about books, strange as it may seem, but books were the last thing on my mind. today i have watched the new series of skins, it is great, no shine off the oldest skins series, but pretty damn awesome in its own way i admit. i love that kind of stuff, alt and insane but hilarious. possibly the strangest opening scene of the show i have seen in a couple weeks at least . im still smiling at the music and crayzyness. of it all.

Unfortunately, this is a book blog so there must be a book peice in here somewhere, so the book for today will be a book by the author Rachel Caine. the morganville series. the first book "the glass houses" with poor Claire Danvers who seems to be having a hard time at school, being bullied by the most popular girl in her little prarie college, so she attempts to move out into a private residence, 1st mistake. after that she learns all about her little town problems, including and not limited to: gohstly landlords, insanely cute roommates. and a town full of vampires, yes vampires! i will post more as this story progresses.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

okay then, today i have officially finished all exams for this term and will be starting on my project for school, ive no clue what il be doing but im sure itl be just as woeful as actually sitting another test. My life now revolves basicly around my bedroom, i rarely leave it after i arrive home, im there to stay it seems.

so the book il be promoting today will be...... Neil Gaimen and Terry Pratchetts Good Omens, a book that is loved by many for its combination of Pratchett's notorious wit and Gaimen's dark humor and horror undertones, i read the book as i was getting in to Pratchett's discworld series and wanted to branch off into a more realistic setting.
the story in this book revolves around the bible story if the apocalypse and it is injected throughout with some of the funnyest peices of literacy i have ever read

Monday, 24 January 2011

im back

back after a blooming long break, my exams are over for the moment and i feel fine, fresh and hopeful towards the future. this blog may just end up as a sort of personal diary or some kind of metamorphasis like that, i doubt there is anyone actually watching this site in eager anticipation of my newest installment. since crimbo, i have gifted myself with a laptop and so will be able to make weekly or daily updates.

recently i have been reading "The Great Gatsby" by F.Scott Fitzgerald. not of my own volitionb but as part of my exams. and i know, that exam books are usually universally despised, but, unusually i enjoy reading it as a work of literary science. it is packed from tip to tale with artistic language, symbolism and Modern writing style, the book itself makes you trhink deeper into itself , like finding the opening to a labyrinth in a maze of tunnels. or some such similie.
the narrator, untrustworthy, yet endearing. the protagonist (not the narrator, who is also involved) even less trustworthy and more endearingly described than ones own mother.
i love the way the story unfolds and is told through the eyes of a participant, yet not the protagonast. with his own feelings and biases.
truly it is a good book, i need to read it several more times to get the most out of it, and i suggest, that if you havent read it yet, you get straight to it