Review: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Synopsis A classic novel of the 1960s, this powerful story about life in a mental hospital is told by a half-Indian patient called Chief Bromden. The Chief will not talk, and he has deceived the staff into thinking him deaf and dumb; but through his self-imposed protective fog he is an acute observer. To him... Continue Reading →

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Review: Stupid White Men by Michael Moore

Synopsis Stupid White Men tells you everything you need to know about how the great and the good screw us over. It reveals- among other things – how 'President' Bush stole an election aided only by his brother, cousin, his dad's cronies, electoral fraud and tame judges; how the rich stay rich while forcing the... Continue Reading →

The Beautifull Cassandra

The Beautifull Cassandra Jane Austen Penguin 2015 £0.80 (UK) ★★★☆☆ Synopsis Austen’s riotous early stories of drunks poisoners and prison-breaks, written for her family’s entertainment when she was a teenager. Review There were several short stories and letters in this little black classic bind-up by Penguin. I really enjoyed reading the letters as well as... Continue Reading →

A Slip under the Microscope by H. G. Wells

A Slip Under the Microscope H. G. Wells Penguin 2015 £0.80 (UK) ★★★☆☆ Synopsis Disturbing, prescient stories of human conscience and conflicting desires by the pioneer of science fiction. Review This lovely little black classic from Penguin contains two short stories by H. G. Wells. I quite enjoyed the first one and would give it... Continue Reading →

The Tinder Box by Hans Christian Andersen

The Tinder Box Hans Christian Andersen Penguin 2015 £0.80 (UK) ★★☆☆☆ Synopsis Andersen’s bittersweet fairy tales propelled their troubled author to international fame and revolutionized children’s writing Review [SPOILERS!!!] For me, it’s a bit dubious that people can be so highly critical of misogyny in stories written today, but totally ignore the misogyny in classics,... Continue Reading →

Review: The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-tongue

The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-tongue Anon Penguin 2015 £0.80 (UK) ★★☆☆☆ Synopsis Ranging across Scandinavia, England and Ireland, a Viking-age epic poets in doomed pursuit of Helga de Fair. Review The story is alright. It’s not very interesting or intriguing and because of the obvious foreshadowing at the beginning of the story it’s already clear... Continue Reading →

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