Happy Roald Dahl Day!
Today would have been the 101st birthday of the world famous children’s author, Roald Dahl. He is an author pretty much everyone I know has read during their childhood. Whether it be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda or Fantastic Mr Fox, Dahl has created wonderful characters and stories that have given joy, excitement and a love of reading to generations of children and adults. Here I am paying tribute to my favourite children’s author by listing my favourite books of his, the best book-to-film adaptations, and some interesting facts about the man.
A Rising Man ★★★★☆
Genre(s) | Mystery, Historical Fiction, Crime, British Empire/India
Goodreads Rating | 3.93
Humpo Show Rating | 4.00
Published | 2016
Publisher | Vintage
After surviving the horrors of the First World War, former Scotland Yard detective Sam Wyndham arrives in Calcutta to take up a new post in the police force. No sooner has he touched down in the hot and humid city that he is tasked to investigate a murder of a British official. This investigation takes Wyndham and his Indian-born Sargeant Banerjee into the dark underbelly of the British Raj and the rising political dissidence that is occurring due to the treatment of the natives by the hands of the Brits in power. A Rising Man is the first in a series of atmospheric and intoxicating historical crime novels set in India. Continue reading
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn ★★☆☆☆
Genre(s) | Classic, Children’s, American
Goodreads Rating | 4.07
Humpo Show Rating | 2.00
Published | 1876
Publisher | Wordsworth Classics
I don’t DNF many books – in fact, this is the second DNF book review I have EVER reviewed (American Sniper, the other), and I even managed to finish The Catcher in the Rye! The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn is a book that I took no pleasure in reading, and it was a big struggle. The writing style was heavy going and it prevented me from enjoying anything that many readers have liked for generations. Continue reading
Game of Thrones Season 7 (2017) ★★★★★
An Episode-By-Episode Review
Channel : HBO
Starring : Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Conleth Hill, Aidan Gillen, Liam Cunningham, Carice van Houten, Nathalie Emmanuel, Gwendoline Christie, John Bradley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Kristofer Hivju, Rory McCann, Jerome Flynn, Iain Glenn, Richard Dormer, Jim Broadbent, Dianna Rigg, Jacob Anderson, Pilou Asbaek, Vladimir Furdik.
Humpo Show Rating | 9.5
Another stellar season. Winter is truly here!
[MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!] Continue reading
Jennifer Lawrence turns 27 today. The Oscar-winner is seen as one of the most down-to-earth, funny and relatable actors in Hollywood. Like many of my other Tribute posts, I will list my favourite roles that she has acted out, some interesting facts, funny videos of her, and some great non-acting work she applies herself to. Continue reading
#TrendThursday | What makes you buy a book?
In this edition of #TrendThursday I am asking you all, what makes you buy a book? For books like The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, Perks of Being a Wallflower and Treasure Island, my decision is based on the fact that they are classics that I would enjoy, rather than being persuaded by a particular review or description by anyone in particular. And for many others, they have been popular for years, and some have even had films made.
But for the newly released books, what makes you buy them? Is it a book review on WordPress, is it a Twitter campaign done by a publisher, what about Goodreads’ reviewers that have read an ARC, or could it be something you have seen on YouTube, Instagram or Facebook, or perhaps you are a traditionalist and you enjoy a review in a newspaper? Let me know what make you buy a book…
In Cold Blood ★★★★☆
Genre(s) | Nonfiction, Crime, Classic
Goodreads Rating | 4.05
Humpo Show Rating | 4.10
Published | 1966
Publisher | Penguin Random House
A fully deserving literary classic
On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence. Continue reading