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Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Classic!, 11 May 2011
This social satire by Jane Austen is a great book to start on if you want to try out classic literature. It's been popular for over two hundred years for a reason. Austen was an incredibly insightful woman and the characters and issues she wrote about in the past, still stand up today in the modern world.

The study of society and pride, and money and romance are still just as relevant today as they were in Jane Austen's time, and I feel that is the reason these novels are just as popular today.

It takes a good writer to capture an audience in their time, but to be popular for over two hundred years takes a truly great writer.

This novel is predominantly a satirical view of society, but also a highly entertaining romantic story of Elizabeth Bennett and her adventures in society and in love. Wonderfully written with grace and intelligence, this is perhaps one of Austen's best works, and certainly her most popular.

I'd recommend this to any reader of any age, it's a real treasure from another era.


The Jonah
The Jonah
by James Herbert
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Horror!, 8 May 2011
This review is from: The Jonah (Paperback)
This is a great book by Jamest Herbert offering dark fantasy and horror combined.

It is perhaps not ideal for hardcore horror readers, who prefer books like The Rats, this book is more inclined to appeal to readers who also enjoy dark fantasy and paranormal magic in their novels. But that is one of the reasons I rate this book so highly, it combines horror and dark fantasy beautifully, unlike traditional blood and guts horror this book also offers, like the title says, magic.

That's not to say it's not horrific in places, my sister had nightmares from some sections of this novel. But then she's never read horror before either. As a fan of dark fantasy and hardcore horror I adored this book as one of my all time favourites as it combines both the genres I love in exceptionally well written prose.

If you like horror and fantasy you'll love this book. And if you've never read horror before, it's a great book to start on!

For fans of James Herberts other works, expect something a bit different from this novel. The title is a dead giveaway that it's not a hardcore horror novel in James Herberts usual style.

Overall a magical read combining dark fantasy and horror in a truly unique way.


Remember Me: Bk. 1
Remember Me: Bk. 1
by Christopher Pike
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's on my favourites list!, 8 May 2011
This review is from: Remember Me: Bk. 1 (Paperback)
This book is so great it's one of my all time favourites now! As a paranormal fantasy novel for young adults, I'd recommend it for any age, it's exceptionally good reading.

The story of Shari Cooper after her death is exceptionally well written, you become drawn into the story because it's unique and because the characters are interesting and very real. Along with suspense and paranormal mystery, this novel is also darkly funny at times, and takes you on a journey with Shari as she explores life after death.

I can't recommend this novel enough, whether you like horror novels or not, you'll still love this story. It's not terrifying it's haunting and a delightful dark fantasy. A must read for teenagers and adults who enjoy dark fantasy and teenage fantasy/horror.


Last Vampire: 1: The Last Vampire
Last Vampire: 1: The Last Vampire
by Christopher Pike
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Vampire Series!, 8 May 2011
Christopher Pike's The Last Vampire is a great read for anyone who enjoys vampire stories, horror or paranormal fantasy.

I love this novel for it's fast-paced action and, as with most of Christopher Pike's novels, the great characters. Alisa is a character you admire from the first page, five thousand years old and still full of life! Pre-Buffy, this blonde vampire has been kicking ass for a much longer time, and you can't help but love her even more as her story unfolds.

This is a fantastic book by a fantastic author, if you haven't read it yet, you're missing a deliciously dark treat!


The Castle of Otranto
The Castle of Otranto

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Historical Gothic Novel!, 8 May 2011
The Castle of Otranto is not ideal for those who enjoy popular fiction as the prose and age of the novel can be a bit of a challenge.

That said it is a must read for lovers of the Gothic novel, as it is the first ever written and published in England. It opened a door in English literature for writers like Ann Radcliffe, Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley and created the Gothic genre.

The Author, Horace Walpole was the son of an English Prime Minister and he wrote this novel and published it in his own publishing house (Strawberry Hill) under an assumed name. The novel was claimed to come from ancient writings and Walpole didn't admit to ownership of it until a much later edition. Why? Because the gothic novel didn't exist yet, only one other Gothic novel had ever been written before this one (in Germany, The Monk), so Walpole was unsure of the reaction this kind of novel would get in England. In taking this chance with his own reputation, Walpole created a new genre in literature, the gothic novel.

The novel follows Manfred and his family in the Castle of Otranto. When his son Conrad is killed on his wedding day (being crushed by a giant helmet) Manfred feels it is a sign that his lineage is doomed, so he decides to marry the beautiful Isabella (Conrad's intended bride) himself, and do away with his own wife.

It's a dark and interesting tale, delightfully shocking for the time period and provides a wonderful insight to the Gothic genre and its beginnings. There are also some great literary themes to watch out for, sex and gender being the most predominant. I'd recommend this to anyone with an interest in Gothic literature, because it is where it all began.


Haunted
Haunted
by James Herbert
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spookily Spectacular Reading!, 8 May 2011
This review is from: Haunted (Paperback)
This is most definately one of my favourite books by James Herbert. The story is elegant in setting and prose, and the characters are ghostly and enchanting as the story unfolds. What I love so much about this book is the beauty it projects that degrades into shocking horror. It's beautifully done and you find yourself enchanted and then shocked to the core as the story is unveiled.

James Herbert at his very best, a must read if you like horror, thrillers or haunting ghost stories!


Dead Famous
Dead Famous
by Ben Elton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Amusing Satire!, 8 May 2011
This review is from: Dead Famous (Paperback)
Dead Famous is a great read for those who enjoy social satire in the modern world. Using the setting of a reality TV show, with striking similarities to the early days of Big Brother in the UK, this novel explores a murder inside the show.

Although a murder mystery, the novel is predominantly a satirical view of the reality tv craze. Bringing to light some relevant issues with the shows actual 'reality' and the dangers that come with being famous from them.

It's a great read for those who like good comedy and a bit of mystery in the mix.


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