Book Reviews

The Handmaid’s tale: a story about the importance of choice for a woman and a totalitarian approach to fecundity

This essay was first published on Reading Our Way to the Revolution on May 19, 2015. It’s no secret that The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, the great Canadian novelist, took religious and right wing attempts to control women’s reproductive lives one step further and created a dystopian future. As always with good future fantasy, it… Continue reading The Handmaid’s tale: a story about the importance of choice for a woman and a totalitarian approach to fecundity

Book Reviews

Mental Health Awareness Week May 2017 (3 books on the loneliness of the sole survivor)

Every year, thousands of supporters across the UK take part in Mental Health Awareness Week. This year the week will take place from 8-14 May on the theme of surviving or thriving? Have you taken our new survey yet? Find out your good mental health score: https://t.co/VNqOAdsnIu #MHAW17— Mental Health Fdn (@mentalhealth) May 8, 2017… Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Week May 2017 (3 books on the loneliness of the sole survivor)

Growing Up

George Orwell’s 1984 is now a massive hit in the book stores again.

Funny how a book about a dystopian society where the state controls how people should feel and think is hitting the book stores following Donald Trump's election to the White House seat. Sales: As of Friday, the best-selling book on Amazon. Since Donald Trump's inauguration, sales have increased by 9,500%, according to American publishers Signet… Continue reading George Orwell’s 1984 is now a massive hit in the book stores again.

Book Reviews, Stephen King

Stephen King * The running man (Bachman books)

There are a few Stephen King books which I read in an afternoon or two and the Bachman books are some of them. I loved "Rage" and Blaze and Thinner and also the Running man. The book was adapted into a movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger but I must say I loved the book more. In the year… Continue reading Stephen King * The running man (Bachman books)

Book Reviews

I’m starved for you * Margaret Atwood book review

I must have finished this book in about 2h or so and I must say I'm impressed. It is set in an alternate future, where all the humans, in order to have some sort of an order after an apocalyptic event (and also as a social experiment), decide to create a city where the population… Continue reading I’m starved for you * Margaret Atwood book review

Book Reviews

The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) by Margaret Atwood

The handmaid of the title is Offred, one of the few fertile women in a totalitarian theocratic state. Offred serves the Commander and his wife Serena Joy. Every month she must have impersonal sex with the Commander until she becomes pregnant. Let’s just say this novel is not exactly fiction. The Handmaid's Tale is considered… Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) by Margaret Atwood

Excerpts

Dear Lord – The prayer from A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Following Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and MaddAdam, I decided to try another dystopian future book by Margaret Atwood. I picked A Handmaid's tale from the bookshelf and I can't put it down. Despair is interwoven with a strong desire to die. The handmaid is a captive, with no other purpose as… Continue reading Dear Lord – The prayer from A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Book Reviews

Year of the Flood * Margaret Atwood * Book review

There is a specific thrill in picking up a book from Canadian best seller author Margaret Atwood which you know will be based in a dystopian future, an alegorical tale of things to be and how they could come to be. And I approached this book knowing the first part of the story - of… Continue reading Year of the Flood * Margaret Atwood * Book review

Book Reviews

Unravel Me * Tahereh Mafi Book 2 from Shatter Me

Unravell me wasn't as good as Shatter Me from my perspective but it's still a very good YA book. Much better than Mortal Instruments so far. It's starting off slow, with a small recollection of the events from the previous novel (Shatter Me) and how Juliette, the main hero of the story, tries to fit… Continue reading Unravel Me * Tahereh Mafi Book 2 from Shatter Me