Vossby Patrick White

5 December 2018

Hidden Figures

23 November 2018

Our 200th Book!
The Reckoning

27 November 2018

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

23 November 2018

The Noise of Timeby Julian Barnes

21 November 2018

Red Moonby Kim Stanley Robinson

14 November 2018

I, Claudius by Robert Graves

7 November 2018

Milkman by Anna Burns

7 November 2018

Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr by Nancy Isenberg

27 October 2018

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson

16 October 2018

First Man by James R. Hansen

15 October 2018

The Spotted Dog by Kerry Greenwood

8 October 2018

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

5 October 2018

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

9 October 2018

When Dogs Cry by Markus Zusak

2 October 2018

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Augustus by John Williams

John Williams

Reviewer: bikerbuddy

An Historical Drama About Rome's First Emperor...

Augustus tells the story of Octavian, a shy and scholarly youth of nineteen who, on the death of his great-uncle, Julius Caesar, suddenly finds himself heir to the vast power of the Roman Empire. He is destined to rule that world astonishingly well, given the odds and intrigues against him. He would later be known as Augustus Caesar, the first Roman emperor. Through the use of fictional letters, memoranda and dispatches, we see how Augustus established his essential base of power and how he was continually obliged to put down, by a subtle combination of force and guile, the challenges of such men as Cicero, Brutus, Cassius and, finally, Mark Antony.

STATUS: Reading

The Story of a Nutcracker

The Story of a Nutcracker
Alexander Dumas

Reviewer: Toriaz

The Christmas tale that inspired a ballet...

The nutcracker doll that mysterious Godfather Drosselmeyer gives to little Marie for Christmas is no ordinary toy. On Christmas Eve, as the clocks strike midnight, Marie watches as the Nutcracker and her entire cabinet of playthings come to life and boldly do battle against the malevolent Mouse King and his armies. But this is only the start of the tale. Read on for enchantment and transformation; enter a world by turns fantastical and sinister, a kingdom of dolls and spun-sugar palaces, and learn the true history of the brave little Nutcracker. Adapted from a dark fairy-tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann, Alexandre Dumas' romance of childhood imagination inspired Tchaikovsky's world-famous ballet.

STATUS: Finished Reading. Review Pending.

▼ Special Reading Projects
The Federalist Papers

Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay

Reviewer: bikerbuddy

Click the cover or title to follow the papers as I read them...

I have decided to read The Federalist Papers. They are a series of 85 newspaper articles published anonymously in 1787 and 1788 in New York by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay in defense of the new American Constitution.

Alexander Hamilton

Instead of reviewing them as a book, which seems pointless, given the documents' significance, I will summarise them and make notes, instead, and generally try to become familiar with them. Hopefully, they may make the papers more accessible to others, as well.

Apart from reading Ron Chernow's biography on Hamilton, this is an unfamiliar subject to me. I hope any misunderstandings or inaccuracies in my approach will therefore be understood by anyone who knows more than I do about this subject. Not hard ...

Notes for each paper will be posted as I read them. Keep track of my progress by the counter in the bottom corner.

The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize for 2018 was:

  • Anna Burns (UK) - Milkman (Faber & Faber)
  • Esi Edugyan (Canada) - Washington Black (Serpent’s Tail)
  • Daisy Johnson (UK) - Everything Under (Jonathan Cape)
  • Rachel Kushner (USA) - The Mars Room (Jonathan Cape)
  • Richard Powers (USA) - The Overstory (William Heinemann)
  • Robin Robertson (UK) - The Long Take (Picador)

The winner for 2018 was announced on 16 October. Anna Burns won for her novel Milkman which I predicted in our blog on 11 October. It was a guess. I hadn't read it at that time. I since have. My review for Milkman can be found here.

View the list of all Man Booker Prize Winners and those we have so far reviewed by clicking here.

In the long term, we hope to review all the Man Booker Prize winners.

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