Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is a very special book. On the face of it, it’s a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat and completely absorbing novel as you follow the journey of Wade, Aech, and Art3mis on their Easter Egg hunt. On a deeper level, this novel is a social critique about where we could be heading as a society and what is truly gut-grabbing, take-the-breath-out-of-you scary is that everything in Ready Player One could be true.
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Willy Wonka Mug

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Roald Dahl was, by a country mile, my favourite author as a child. His books meant the world to me when I was growing up and I truly look forward to the day when I can read them again with my own children. My favourite books of his were, George’s Marvellous Medicine, The Twits, Danny, the Champion of the World and of course, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Reading Roald Dahl books as a child was instrumental in igniting my love of books and ultimately, my career as a writer. His stories were so brilliantly told and so superbly illustrated by the wonderful Quentin Blake – his drawings brought the books so vividly to life.

IMG_0251111So when it came to me purchasing a new make up brush holder (bear with me) I was considering the usual pen-pot type thing but as I was wandering through TK Maxx, again, I spotted the mug section and this wonderful mug, amongst perhaps 200, jumped out at me.

I could only see the picture of Willy Wonka at first and I instantly grabbed the mug off the shelf. I turned the mug over and there was the most magical of quotes, shown above. I just had to have it and at only £2.99 I thought it was a it of a bargain! As soon as I got home I gave it a quick wash and stuffed my brushes in it – it looks amazing. It serves as a wonderful make up brush holder as well as reminding me of some cherished memories.

How do you store your make up? Mine is currently all over the place (only my brushes are organised!) and I need help/advice! Please leave links and comments below so I can have a read! Thanks!

Rx

Review | Gillian Flynn – ‘Gone Girl’

I finished reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn last night. Wow, wow, wow, WOW! What an amazing book!

So a brief synopsis – We meet Nick and Amy on their fifth wedding anniversary. Then Amy disappears. Vanishes into thin air. From then onwards we read about the struggles of marriage, family pressures and how some things are out of our control, no matter how hard we fight it.

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The book is so well written – each chapter cleverly alternates between real time events, as seen through Nick’s eyes and diary entries from Amy which fill out the pair’s past. I am a huge fan of this type of chapter construction – in fact one of my favourite books from my youth, Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses used the same technique and that book pretty much changed my life.

The change in pace as we swap from Nick’s point of view to Amy’s creates a huge amount of tension in the book. Filled with suspense, there are plot twists everywhere – just when you think you’re on steady ground Gillian Flynn rips the rug up from beneath you again, and again, and again. This is – apologies for the clichéd phrase – a real page-turner! I finished the book in about a week, reading it at every chance I got.

Furthermore, the book has created such a furore around it that whilst I was reading it on various modes of London’s public transport, three strangers asked me about it. Three strangers broke commuter convention and spoke to me! Three! Needless to say I was shocked to my very core – the silence was broken! I jest, of course, but it really does illustrate that the interest in this book is huge and I fully understand why.

Flynn focuses on the relationships between the characters in Gone Girl. The main focus is obviously between Nick and Amy, she explores the stresses of a long-term relationship and how (seemingly) easy it is to deceive and manipulate these relationships. I also particularly enjoyed the way Flynn portrayed the media’s reaction to the events within the novel – whether this is because I work in the media I’m not sure – but I think she got it pretty spot on. The way the media manipulate and distort stories for their own gain in the book is pretty much what happens everyday in news rooms all around the world. It was a great depiction.

If you haven’t read this book I implore you to do so. If you enjoy truly gripping and thrilling novels with more twists and turns than Alton Towers then this is for you! I’ve told so many people about this book already and now I’m telling you – READ IT! You won’t regret it!

What good books have you read recently? I need a new book to read what would you recommend? Leave links and comments below!

Rx