Scrooge's niece played well upon the harp; and played among other tunes a simple little air.... which had been familiar to the child who fetched Scrooge from the boarding-school.... he softened more and more; and thought that if he could have listened to it often, years ago, he might have cultivated the kindnesses of life for his own happiness with his own hands, without resorting to the sexton's spade that buried Jacob Marley.
As usual, it wasn’t anything sophisticated that made me glance twice at The IPCRESS File. I’m enough of a sucker for around 90% of book covers to crack them open and hazard the first few pages. This one bared the now classic adjective-noun spy novel title above a silhouette of a handgun against a red background. It was a standard thriller cover, except that it was thinner than most commercial fiction and contained an excerpt of high praise from The New York Times. There was also a non-quote next to author Len Deighton’s name, self proclaiming “The master of fictional espionage.”
The publisher seemed to think its author on par with John le Carré. The “Times” liked it. It’s short enough that I won’t risk chewing on a bad book for over three months. The first few pages are good. IT’S A SPY NOVEL, and apparently a rather important one. I was sold..... READ MORE
Such wonderful writing populates all of Shades of Grey from front to back. The novel’s teen protagonist, Eddie Russett, settles himself into relegation in a new town within Chromatacia. This is the name of the book’s post-apocalyptic society, where class placement is based on the colors one can see.... READ MORE
This week, Notre Dame Cathedral caught fire and burned for 15 hours. Despair was universal, making a real life point of the importance of things Community did away with in The Giver....CLICK FOR FULL ARTICLE
The Dark Knight rises, but he is also the least significant of the main characters in The Dark Knight Rises, and that’s OK, sort of....CLICK FOR FULL ARTICLE
Since hitting his creative stride in 2002 with Bloody Sunday, Paul Greengrass has been making two kinds of films. The first is the kind that is unsettling, conveys realism, exposes important socio-political factors, and entertains. These.... CLICK FOR FULL ARTICLE