2018/10/17

BOOK REVIEW:
THE BREAKTHROUGH BY DAPHNE DU MAURIER

Title: The Breakthrough
Author: Daphne du Maurier
Published: 1966
Language: English
Pages: 58
Rating: 2/5


Summary:
Set in rural Suffolk, a scientist attempts to capture the energy of human life after death.


Review:
This was a pretty interesting little book, but felt a bit too short for me.

The premise of the story is fantastic and I really like the science fiction elements of it, but I'm left feeling kind of unfulfilled. I feel like there are too many questions left unanswered and there were several things I just didn't understand.

I also don't really feel like the characters in this story were particularly well developed and they all felt a bit bland to me. I've read other short stories that are even shorter than this that have amazing characters, so I know it's possible to do. It's a little bit surprising to me though, that du Maurier couldn't manage it in this, because she's usually really good at characters.

She's excellent at creating atmosphere though and she does it in this as well, which was my favorite part. Otherwise, I'm not all that impressed by this.
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2018/10/16

BOOKSTAGRAM SPOTLIGHT:
@BABBLINGBOOKS

I've got another bookstagram account to share with you guys today, one you may very well follow already but if you don't, you should! It's @babblingbooks run by Tamsien from Australia.

She's one of my absolute fave bookstagrammers, I love her style!

Go follow!
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2018/10/14

BOOK HAUL:
PUSHKIN COLLECTION

I've got a sneaky mid-month haul this month, because I discovered that Pushkin Press publishes these wonderful little collection of translated works and because I have zero self-restraint, I had to get some of them.

I love these editions and I love the fact that I'd never even really heard anything about any of these. I can't wait to discover what worlds they contain.








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I'm so excited to read these!
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2018/10/13

BOOK REVIEW:
PERFUME BY PATRICK SÜSKIND

Title: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Author: Patrick Süskind, John E. Woods (translator)
Published: 1985
Language: English (translated from German)
Pages: 263
Rating: 4/5


Summary:
Set in eighteenth-century France, a boy is born with an extraordinary sense of smell and eventually grows up to become a genius of scent who will stop at nothing to acquire the smells he desires.


Review:
I've known about this book for a really long time and have always wanted to read it, and I'm so glad I finally did.

The story is less horror but a lot more creepy than I thought it would be. The main character is a fascinating creature to read about, and I like that we both get to see the story from his viewpoint as well as some of those he comes in contact with. I also liked how the story dug quite a lot deeper than I had initially anticipated; I thought it would be about a murderer, but it's so much more than that.

The writing style is excellent and really conjures up time and place, but most importantly, it conjures up scents like nothing else I've ever read. It's gross, creepy and interesting all at the same time. It is slightly dense in parts which made me struggle a little bit, but otherwise, this was amazing.

It is definitely a weird story, but it's also wonderfully unique. It's a must read for anyone who likes historical fiction and creepy stories.
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2018/10/12

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