“Lions regularly team up with asses. There’s a fox somewhere too…”
Genre: Fantasy, Classic, Animals, Age: All
Do you ever think that some stories are familiar, but you can’t pinpoint where you’ve read them before? Reading Aesop’s Fables is like stumbling into that experience over and over again.
(The Crow and the Pitcher)
Of course, as the book’s introduction is quick to point out, Aesop didn’t really *write* these stories, he merely collected them. This version from Wordsworth contains around 250 short tales, which feature anthropomorphic characters and situations that make them cross paths. Each story is a quick read, taking roughly three minutes to read at most, and I found myself finishing the book in a couple of days, since I was using it for light reading before bedtime.
There’s nothing amazingly complex about the experience, since each story starts and finishes with few plot-points. For someone used to reading long, epic fantasy books, this was such a refreshing experience and almost a mental cleanse; I could stay with the characters for a few minutes, and then abandon them, and only take the central message forward.
Posted by timeoftheday on August 9, 2014
“How to snub people and make enemies”
Author: J K Rowling
Genre: Drama, Age: Adult
Released: 27th September 2012
I can’t believe that’s it’s landed on my doormat, JK Rowling’s new book! Which I only bought because she’s the author of the amazing Harry Potter series.
As excited I was to read it, it’s been slightly deflated by internet reviews.The Daily Mail in the UK called it ‘vulgar and obscene’, Amazon UK reviews are calling it ‘depressing’ and various independent reviewers have labelled it as a ‘snub against the middle-classes’.
It won’t affect my view of the book whilst I read it, because reading is essentially shutting out the real world while you lose yourself in a fictional one. I never remember other people’s opinion and reviews, except my own, when I’m reading.
If JK had been any other writer, it wouldn’t have gotten half the negative attention the book is getting. It also makes me think that everyone is eager to get onto a hate-bandwagon.
Unfortunately, the energy has impacted me. I’m not terribly excited to read the book anymore, which is a shame, because I wanted to get into the new phase of JK’s writing career. It’s been put on hold until tabloids in the UK can stop their moaning.
Read the blurb below!
Posted by timeoftheday on October 4, 2012