Margaret Attwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale or George Orwell’s 1894: both depict a choked society under constant watch from a despotic regime. But which is more terrifying? [Spoilers] I read 1984 a few years ago and was enthralled by the bleak violence portrayed. Then, more recently, I read the Handmaid’s Tale and was captured by the […]
FW follows Private William Mandella as he is drafted into an elite Military unit. He is propelled through space and time to fight in a thousand-year conflict against an alien race, the Taurans, for reasons that, well… aren’t clear.
[Spoilers] When I first began reading Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell I admit I had my doubts. I knew it was going to be different to what I was used to reading after checking out a few reviews, and with the intense first person narrative of the opening pages – epistolary style, no less – I […]
[Spoilers alert] I started reading Michael Faber’s debut novel (2000 Canongate Books) Under the Skin because of the fantastic adaptation starring Scarlet Johansson. The story was strange, stark and thrilling, and I was curious to discover how this had been translated from the book form. The story begins with Isserley, a presumably ordinary girl driving […]