Tag Archive | British lit

A Bookish Affair

The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde, Hodder, 2001, 384 pages As a fan of Jane Eyre and, well, books in general, the premise of Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series has intrigued me for years. Imagine a fantasy world designed specifically for book-lovers. The first in the series, The Eyre Affair, follows the life of Thursday […]

A Curious Perspective

the curious incident of the dog in the night-time – Mark Haddon, Vintage, 2003, 240 pages Here’s a genuinely novel concept for a book: write a first-person narrative. Make the narrator a young boy with a behavioural disorder (think Asperger’s or Autism). Make it a mystery novel, about a bigger mystery than just the titular Dog, […]

Summer reading, in short.

Summer reading, in short.

Somewhere in between the unbearably muggy days, weekend daytrips, going back to Canada for a visit, and coaching Japanese junior high kids for the English speech contest (success! we brought home a trophy), my stack of books has been growing but none of them seem to be getting finished. This clearly has to something to […]

Casually Designed

I was, am, and indefinitely will be a Harry Potter fan. These stories were a huge part of my growing-up years; I read the first book when I was 11, the same age as Harry. I still love the characters and the world that Rowling created, and all of the awesome names she came up […]

Gaiman’s Graveyard

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman, HarperCollins, 2008, 307 pages Finished June 12, 2012 You pick up this book. It’s about a baby whose entire family is murdered, though he survives by crawling to the safety of a graveyard where he is raised by its dead inhabitants. His childhood is spent roaming tombs and mausoleums, […]

Jonathan Strange and Downton Abbey

Potentially good news (maybe) for fans of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell! A film adaptation is apparently in the works. Or was. Is? Potentially good news for Downton Abbey fans…Julian Fellowes, the screenwriter, is also working on a film script. …as luck would have it, they are one and the same. Fellowes has […]

Holmes vs. Hound

The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1902 Finished June 2, 2012 Right now I live in Japan. Turns out Japanese people are familiar with Sherlock Holmes too. One of my students wrote that he enjoyed the movie with his family (“Shaaroku Hoomuzu” could have no other meaning). Another girl named her cat […]