Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Title: Gone Girl

Author: Gillian Flynn

Source: Bought from Book Depository

Rating: ★★★★

Set in a failing town in rural America, Gone Girl depicts the story of Nick Dunne and his quest to find his wife Amy after she mysteriously disappears on their 5th anniversary. Nick is a suspect, as most husbands are if their wives go missing, however he is adamant that he is innocent. Told from the perspective of both characters this story is both gripping and terrifying.

It has to be said that I didn’t enjoy the beginning of this book. Both of the characters are complete assholes and it was difficult to relate, especially since they are both married and nearing their forties. I persevered however and am glad that I did. The first half of the story tells the tale of how Nick discovers that his wife is missing and the immediate aftermath. This part is mediocre, I didn’t particularly feel like any of the characters showed realistic emotions and to be honest the whole situation was kind of obvious. However, this is interchanged with Amy’s old diary entries from when she first met her husband, up to the time of her disappearance. I liked the change of perspective. It was quite interesting and I felt that to understand the characters more, you needed to see them from how they perceived themselves as well as how their spouse saw them.

I was gripped entirely by the second half of the book but I can’t tell you why. (Sorry, I think it is way too good to spoil.)Even though I had already guessed the ending, It was still very enjoyable to read. I love the writing style and I do find a lot of adult books quite dry, but this was just right. It’s very gritty and definitely not for the faint hearted but still totally worth the read.

Have you read Gone Girl? I can imagine it being a love it or hate it kind of book and would be interested in your opinions.

Erin xx

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Top Ten Books I’d Read With My Book Club

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks top ten revolves around books that I’d like to read and discuss with my book club. I do have a book club (#nerdherd) but been as Sixth Form is so stressful, we haven;t actually had a meeting yet. Anyway, here are 10 books that I would love to read with my friends in the future.

  1. Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides – The premise of this is so interesting.
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – This has been recommended countless times.
  3. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – I loved this one and this twist was such a discussion point.
  4. Solitaire by Alice Oseman – My book of 2014.
  5. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – One of my all time favourites.
  6. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – I just want to see who could make it till the end.
  7. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai – She’s my idol and I’d love to see other people’s opinions on her.
  8. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman – This has such an intriguing set of characters.
  9. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer – This is also a recommendation.
  10. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – My current read and a book that I can see everyone either loving or hating.

What are your ideal books to read with your book club?

Erin xx

Review: The Humans by Matt Haig

Title: The Humans

Author: Matt Haig

Source: Purchased with christmas money!

Rating: ★★★★

Our hero, Professor Andrew Martin, is dead before the book even begins. As it turns out, though, he wasn’t a very nice man–as the alien imposter who now occupies his body discovers. Sent to Earth to destroy evidence that Andrew had solved a major mathematical problem, the alien soon finds himself learning more about the professor, his family, and “the humans” than he ever expected. When he begins to fall for his own wife and son–who have no idea he’s not the real Andrew–the alien must choose between completing his mission and returning home or finding a new home right here on Earth.

It’s been quite a long time since I have written an actual review for this blog. (I’m sorry!) So I have returned with the very first book that I have read in 2015. It was definitely a good one to start the year with.

First of all lets talk about how wonderful it looks. Just let us appreciate this for a second. I am obsessed with books that have stars on the from, they look wonderful on shelves and are just generally aesthetically pleasing. Whoever designed this cover deserves a huge pat on that back.

Now that we’ve got that out of us, lets talk about the premise of the book. I’m not entirely sure the plot was that original. An alien comes to earth to destroy a mathematical formula that would advance the human race in a detrimental way. Whilst doing this, he tries to understand the motivation behind human life. However, you know that feeling when you know you’ve read something really profound and you just have to sit there and collect your thoughts… That’s how I felt after this. I can’t really describe how it is different, it just is.

I loved how the book looked at family dynamics from an outsiders perspective. It would definitely be interesting to just be dropped into someone else’s life and have to try and work out how they function, but this book is really realistic in how it explores relationships in all shapes and sizes. It offers a significantly unique perspective that is mostly funny but extremely heartbreaking at the same time.

If you love reading contemporary fiction then this is for you. It may be filled with aliens, but it is definitely not science fiction. Has anyone else read this? What where your thoughts?

Erin xx

Which Comics Do I Start With?

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Hello friends. If you read my last post then you will know that I am currently educating you lovely lot in how to start reading comics. I left it just before I started to give you some recommendations. Today I present you with these.

Firstly here are those that I have read my self:

YoungAvengers

Young Avengers by Keiron Gillen This is technically part way through a series of comics. However, this is the most recent run with a whole new writer. The older issues are harder to get and more expensive. If you like LGBT+ characters and teens getting into trouble then you will love this. Loki makes and appearance, but not in his usual manner.

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Hawkeye by Matt Fraction If you thought Hawkeye was awesome, that think again. This grumpy superhero has teamed up with Kate Bishop, a superhero who shares the same name as him. (She is also a main player in Young Avengers). Clint battles ex girlfriends and mafia bosses, alongside adopting a pet dog.

runawaysRunaways by Brian K Vaughn This unlikely group of friends join forces when they find out that they share a common enemy; their parents. Their parents are members of a super secret villain organisation who control a whole city. As the title suggests, they run away and try to work out what to do next. If you like humour and action, then this is for you.

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Ms Marvel by G Willow Wilson Ms Marvel has been around for a while, but this new revival consists of her being a teenage Muslim girl from New Jersey. Yes, you heard me right. A teenage superhero, who is a girl, AND IS ALSO NOT WHITE. Can I get a hell yeah. If that doesn’t make you want to read it, then I have no idea what will.

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Scott Pilgrim by Brian Lee O’Malley If you have seen the movie, then these are definitely a great place to start. They are hilarious, action packed and really adorable.

 

Here’s some that I haven’t read but have heard are excellent starting points:

Y: The Last Man by Brian K Vaughn

Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way

Fables – Legends In Exile

Gotham Central – In The Line Of Duty

Saga by Brian K Vaughn

 

AND FINALLY:

Here are some links for anyone looking to delve further into the world of comics:

The worlds longest list ever.

 A cool little guide in a classic comic style.

Empire’s list of 30 comics you cannot miss.

Best Marvel Comics to start with.

Comics for Beginners

comics for beginnersHello! I realise that I have been gone for quite a while, sorry! I am the worst at multi tasking and because I have mock exams coming up I have found it hard to blog whilst revising. However, I am back.

Last summer I took a trip to a comic book store with my lovely friends and had my eyes opened to a whole new world. Soon enough I had a whole collection of comics and was thoroughly obsessed with everything to do with them. However, I had a huge problem. Where the hell did I begin?

It is so hard to jump into a new world, especially one with the large history that comic books have. I was a little bit lost and kind of petrified. Then I found my saviour in the form of Amy Dallon. She’s the most adorable person ever and is a huge comic nerd. She vlogs on the Geek & Sundry channel on YouTube in a series called Talkin’ Comics.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Why write your own post if you are just going to share a video? Well, I thought I’d write my own guide. I’ll put in my own recommendations and then add more over time. Sound good? Alrighty then.

Who the hell writes comics?

You probably already know this, but there are two main publishers for comics. DC and Marvel. Most people prefer one or the other. I’m more of a Marvel girl myself. There are other publishers for comics as well, my favourite being Dark Horse Comics.

As for who actually writes the comics, well you may just have to discover this for yourself. In any one comic you may have 5 or 6 people at least working on it. There are writers, artists and editors. Obviously there will be a main contributor who has their name printed on the front cover, but it really is a team effort. If I like someone’s art style in one comic it may lead me to discover a fantastic writer that they worked with on another project.

Where can I buy these marvellous creations?

I guess I could just say go to a comic book store, but I think you might have already thought of that. The question that is asked more often is about the format and how to look for one.

In America, new comic book day is on a Wednesday. I have literally no clue what day it is on for other countries, but I am pretty sure it will be the same. So next Wednesday take a stroll into your nearest comic book shop and ask what new stuff they have in.

Another place to look is in the Bargain bins at conventions or in the shops. They usually have a bunch of cheap comics that they are practically giving away. These are quite useful for figuring out what art style or plot line you usually like.

If you don’t have a comic book shop near you (like me) then the easiest way to do it is through The Book Depository or Amazon (ugh). I’d choose The Book Depository if I were you, Amazon has some morals that aren’t the most agreeable.

Another tip is to borrow from your friends if they let you. If you are friendly with people, then it is most likely because you are into similar things.

You can also sign up to get digital copies of comics through the Marvel sites or various other websites. This might be a good idea if you are living somewhere where storage is a problem and Trade Paperbacks are taking up too much space.

What is a Trade Paperback?

I’m glad you asked. Sometimes you join a comic in the middle of its run and have no clue what the hell is going on. That’s easy enough to get around. Trade Paperbacks are collections of comics, usually of the same story line or at least a manageable chunk of one. This makes it a whole lot easier to jump in as if you need it, back issues are easy to get.

Where do I start? 

I feel like there are a few steps to this.

  1. Figure out what type of story do you want? Superheroes are not the only subjects of comics. You can get some freakin’ awesome tales about any kind of people. Do some research in to that.
  2. Take a look at some ‘Best Of’ lists. There are all types of awards for comics, if something has made it onto a short list then it will definitely be good and may be worth checking it out.
  3. What do you watch on TV? Do you like Superman and Batman or are you more of a Phil Coulson kind of person?  If you already follow a character because of seeing them in another medium then that might be a good way to find a comic. Joss Whedon carried on Buffy the Vampire Slayer into comics, maybe you want to start out there?
  4. Take a peek at Erin’s list of Comics that she reads. This is the next post I will publish, so you’ll have to wait until then unfortunately. 😉

So whilst you wait impatiently for my list of things that you shold most defineitly read, what are your recommendations? Are any of you desperate to start reading comics?

Erin 🙂