Book Review – Conclave

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My Robert Harris mania goes on! As if I hadn’t had enough of him after reading the Cicero trilogy, I have now read his latest title, Conclave. And it’s a pretty good one, y’all.

I find it funny that, coming from such a strongly Catholic country, I am so ignorant about most aspects of that faith. I had no idea what happened after a Pope died, or how a new one is elected. I’m not just talking about what we see in the news, but about all the nitty-gritty procedures that only the cardinals know about.

As always, Robert Harris proves to be a very elucidating man. Not only does he write novels that grip you and never let go, but he also lets his knowledge seep through his prose and inform his readers. Now I know much more about choosing a Pope than ever before!

But let’s discuss the novel itself, shall we?

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Book Review – Norwegian Wood

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I once had a girl or should I say she once had me…

Sorry, sorry, I’m getting carried away!

When 2017 started, a very important question popped into my head: what’s going to be my first book of the year? I looked at my shelves, and found a book that I bought a year ago and have since been meaning to read: Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood. A Japanese book based on a Beatles song? I had to read it. Plus, I had heard many people saying it’s a great book, so I could not help but give it a try.

What do I think about it? It may very well be one of the finest books I have ever read.

But don’t stand there, just sit anywhere…

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Book Review – The Year of the Hare

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I don’t know how many among my readers have ever dabbled in Finnish literature. I, for one, can’t boast to have done it too often, with the exception of one author: Arto Paasilinna. Which is kind of crazy; I have grown up listening to Finnish music, I have watched a bunch of Finnish movies, and am generally in love with Finland. It was clear that I had to remedy this regrettable situation as soon as possible.

And that’s what I did.

Introducing The Year of the Hare.

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Book Review – A Wizard of Earthsea

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What is this? Two book reviews in two consecutive days!? I must have gone mad!

Not at all! But now that I have a little bit more spare time in my hands, I’d like to use it writing for this blog! God knows that these past two months have been hectic enough and that I couldn’t write nearly as much as I wanted to 😦

So today I bring you…

A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA

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Book Review – Cthulhu Armageddon

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Good morning and merry Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Winter’s Solstice! Did you all have a wonderful holiday? I hope you’re having an amazing time on these festive days! 🙂

And to completely change the mood from festive to gorey, I bring you a book review for Cthulhu Armageddon, by C.T. Phipps! He contacted me last month to ask if I would be interested in a review copy of his book and I, being a huge Lovecraft fan, promptly accepted!

So hold on to your seat belts, because this is the darkest, most violent book to be featured on my blog yet!

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Book Review – Dictator

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Dictator ★★★★★

I feel like I have a lost a close friend. I have just finished Dictator, by Robert Harris.

This is the last instalment in his Cicero trilogy, which marks the end of the old senator’s life as told by Tiro, his freedman. This final book shows us the last fifteen years of Cicero’s life, which were marked by constant turmoil and two civil wars.

Let me tell you more about it.

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Friday Book Share #6

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It’s Friday again! Which means it’s time for #FridayBookShare, a wonderful tag created by Shelley Wilson. This tag lets us tell people about wonderful books we love, and is there anything better than talking about our favourite books?

So why don’t you recommend a book too? What you need to do, if you want to share it, is complete the following for a book of your choosing:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

I mentioned in my last post that I have just finished reading Imperium, by Robert Harris; and, since I’m about to finish the second book in the saga, which I am enjoying immensely, I thought I would recommend it, too! So, without further preamble, let’s recommend…

LUSTRUM, by ROBERT HARRIS

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