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Eye of Beholder, Marc Behm (book review)

Eye of Beholder was my first book by Marc Behm. It will probably be my last one, as I didn't cared for it at all. This novel was turned into a rather well known film featuring two actors that I like. They were probably the reason why I wanted to see the movie in the first place. You can see them on the cover of the edition featured on this photograph. Years ago, I did see that movie version. I have never thought I'm going to say this, but the film was better than the book. I wasn't even that crazy about the movie version, but in comparison to the book, now doesn't seem that bad. I remember how (years ago), I saw the trailer to that film and really looked forward to seeing it. I also remember how disappointed I was when I had finally seen the film. I considered it a waste of my time in the sense that it didn't reveal anything new. I felt like I could have get everything I need just from seeing the trailer. Honestly, the trailer was so much better than the actual boo…

Silar Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe, novel by George Eliot (book review and recommendation)

Silas Marner is a novel by George Eliot. Published in 1861, it was the third novel by George Eliot aka Mary Ann Evans. Silas Marner happened to be the first novel of hers that I read. Did I like it? That would be a bit of an understatement here. Perhaps it is better to say that I loved it. Naturally, I knew who George Eliot was prior to reading this novel. My expectations were high and this novel certainly met them. Now, that I think of it, I don't understand why I haven't read this novel before. It is not like I'm not familiar with English literature. That just goes to prove that even when  were a student of (English) literature, there still might be some classical writer you missed on reading. However, it is never too late. It is somehow very comforting to think of all the great classical works that one hasn't read yet. It is like being told you'll be granted a special gift in future. Isn't that what literature is? A wonderful gift to us. Before I get all ph…

This Charming Man by Marian Keyes (book review and recommendation)

It is not what it looks like. Nothing is what it looks like in this novel. First of all, this novel is no romance. It isn't chic lit either, even if it shares some features with it. This Charming Man is a novel about abuse. The cover and the synopsis make you think chic-lit but you're be wrong. It is a book about abuse. Sexual, mental and physical abuse. It is a book about obsession and addiction. It is a book that features a set of deeply troubled characters. One of them is an alcoholic and hence there is a lot of writing about alcoholism, how it destroys both the individual suffering from it and those around him/her. Shattered relationships, utterly destroyed individuals, troubled and destroyed family dynamics...definitely not your typical chic-lit novel. Nevertheless, there is humour in this book. There is even a bit of romance, so there is a fair chance it could be attractive to a wide(r) audience of readers. A bit of suspense, a bit of mystery, a bit of psychology and a …

The Little Lady Agency by Hester Brown (book review)

This was my first novel by Hester Brown. She is a British author I know little to nothing about. I may or may not read another book of hers. I'm still undecided on whether I should pick up something else of hers. Anyhow, this novel is as far as I understand a first in a series. I don't think I will read the sequels to this, but I might check out some of other books by Hester Brown. Apart from what the cover suggested (and that suggestion was chic lit), I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. The cover also promised ' a deliciously witty  story' and since I usually enjoy witticism, I said why not.  Sadly, there was not that much wit in it. Humour, yes, there was a bit of humour but the wit part was somewhat missing. In addition, the cover promised 'Funny and original'. Well, it was funny but I can't say it was terribly original. It was kind of original- in some things. I suppose I could say that I kind of liked this book. I didn't hate it, but …

Broken Harbor, Tana French (book recommendation and review)

WHY IT TOOK ME SO LONG TO WRITE THIS REVIEW?
I've been postponing writing this review and the reason why I have been doing that is simple enough: I wanted to do this novel justice. Tana French has a way of getting her characters into your head. As a matter of fact, I feel like her characters are still in my head. I feel like the characters from Broken Harbor are people I actually knew. Funny, isn't it? However, it is not the first time that happened. Some books have that effect. Usually, they're quite fabulous books.
It's been a while since I read Broken Harbor now and yet the book stayed with me if you know what I mean. I had plenty of time to work it all in my head, to consider possible faults in this novel. Time to weight pros and cons of reading this one. Time to think about how I would go about recommending it to others. Time to think about what exactly makes it so special? I wrote my goodreads review a while back (here) and it sure was it a long one! As a matter…