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Posts Tagged ‘ Books ’

The Spinning Heart By Donal Ryan-A Brief Introduction

donalryanThe Spinning Heart is Donal Ryan’s first published novel. Set in a small town in rural Ireland circa 2010, it gives voice to the confusion and uncertainty felt by twenty one different characters in a period of great upheaval in their lives. In many ways, the book is a fictional chronicle of the living present as it delves deep into the people and place it aims to describe.

As the reader of these stories you may feel like the local parish priest sitting in a confession box, or a therapist with a notepad on your lap, as it is unclear who the characters are speaking to. Either way, you will discover the innermost thoughts of a variety of characters yet find they are not all too dissimilar from each other. Bobby Mahon can’t “find the words” to talk to his wife. Réaltín tries to hide her “lonely life”. Brian doesn’t want to be the “tragic figure” of an unemployed young man going abroad. They are all caught in a difficult time in their life and are always regretting the past and looking to the future. Continue reading

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Why Ross Is Still The Boss, Roysh.

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Ross O’Carroll Kelly has entertained us for so long now, so what better way to spread some festive cheer by charting some of his most memorable quotes. There’s a few Christmas crackers in here.

I end up letting her believe we’re, like, an item, but I tell her that if we’re going to, like, give this thing a proper crack, we’re going to have to be PONPA for the time being, as in Private Only, No Public Appearances, just because of all the pressure that’s going to come on us from all sides, bullshit bullshit bullshit. I don’t know how I keep a straight face sometimes She was pretty alroysh looking, I have to say, went out three or four times and got on fine, until this one particular day, roysh, when we were driving back to her gaff after being at the cinema and she said those dreaded words: I don’t believe in sex before marriage. I basically told her to get the fock out of the cor. Don’t get me wrong, roysh, I pulled over first. She was there, Ross, I live miles from here.? And I was loike, There’s a bus stop over there. Use it. Continue reading

Parent Taming: A Tot’s Eye View Of The Formative Years

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Parent Taming is a parenting manual with a fairly significant and not-so-subtle difference; it’s written entirely from a child’s perspective. And what a child. Ryan James Stickebachher is a self-styled baby guru and, indeed, guru baby. His opinion? “When you’re a baby you gotta rely on your household staff to get you everything you want. The problem is, they think they know better than you. So you gotta break ‘em in.” And in Parent Taming – The Several Habits of Highly Successful Babies: 0-2 the Early Years, Ryan shares his secret techniques about how to do just that. Continue reading

Forgotten Side Of Society To Be Examined In New Book

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Artists Daniel Barter and Daniel Marbaix have collaborated to produce a photo-essay that has urban exploration – or Urbex – at its heart. Urbex is an artistic concept that focuses on the exploration of architectural structures – sometimes derelict buildings, sometimes unfamiliar aspects of other man-made buildings. Their book, “States of Decay”, journeys through forgotten hotels, desolate transport hubs, abandoned asylums, derelict houses of worship and industrial monoliths to tell a fascinatingly atmospheric story. Continue reading

Book Review: Pandemonium (Delirium #2)

paFollowing the devastating cliffhanger at the end of Delirium, Lauren Oliver returns with the eagerly anticipated sequel Pandemonium which surges the story forward and shows two polarized worlds on the brink of revolution.

This books switches between “Then” and “Now” conveying Lena’s story after she escaped past the barrier and into The Wilds at the end of Delirium.

The “Then” chapters focus on Lena’s arrival in The Wilds, where she is nurtured back to health by Raven and her group of Invalids – that is, those that are “uncured” or infected by the disease of love – and forced to reach deep within herself and call upon her inner survivalist in order to stay alive. The Wilds are wholly different to the world she once knew and she struggles on a daily basis with the thoughts of never seeing her family, her best friend Hana, or her lover Alex again. But to keep her momentum and hope alive, she settles on the fact that this is what she and Alex wanted: freedom; the option to make her own decisions and decide her own path. However, she soon comes to realize that her ideal of freedom is much more warped than she ever could imagine and life in The Wilds is not as perfect as she once thought it to be. Continue reading

Film Review: The Host

Film adaptations of popular books are a regular occurrence in the world of cinema nowadays but oftentimes, aspects of the book fail to make the connection when on the big screen.  Andrew Nicholls’ attempt at transferring Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling book The Host onto the big screen suffers from this particular problem.

The Host is set in a time where Earth has been invaded by aliens – known as souls – that inhabit the bodies of humans, indicated by their glowing eyes. Humans are believed to be destructive creatures hell-bent on destroying the planet through warring and violence, and the souls’ solution to this is to take over the bodies in order to make the world a more peaceful place. Continue reading

Book Review: Delirium

Though the number of dystopian novels is on the rise, Lauren Oliver’s Delirium breaks through the mould and redefines itself as a love story first and foremost set to a dystopian background. The world in which Delirium is set plays its formidable part in the story but underneath that world lays burning questions about love and how it is perceived in the real world, away from fiction.

‘It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected the cure’ is the opening line of this book and immediately thrusts us into the world of Delirium. To the people of this world, love – or amor deliria nervosa as it is known – is something that needs to be eradicated. It is a danger that causes chaos, instability and ultimately, death. Continue reading

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