Book Review: V for Vendetta (Movie Novelization) by: Steve Moore

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“There is a face beneath this mask, but it isn’t me. I’m no more that face than I am the muscles beneath it, or the bones beneath that” – V for Vendetta, Steve Moore

guy-fawkes-520720_1920Initial Thoughts: The movie V for Vendetta was released many years ago when I was still way way too young to even consider seeing it. This was way back when the scariest movie I had ever seen was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which I had to hide my eyes during certain scenes.  Though, for some reason, I found myself interested in the story of V for Vendetta. It is one of those stories that I have heard mentioned many times, but I have never brought myself to read or watch it. I am so glad that I came across this movie novelization of the screenplay of V for Vendetta by chance. Otherwise, I would have never known how amazing this story is.

Summary

Imagine a Britain stripped of democracy, a world of the not-too-distant future, in which freedom was not lost but surrendered willingly to a totalitarian regime that rose to power by exploiting the people’s worst fears and most damning weaknesses

This is the setting for the parable of Evey, a young woman saved from death by a masked man calling himself V. Beguiling and dangerous, V ignites the fuse of revolution when he urges his fellow citizens to shed the blanket of tyranny and oppression they have permitted themselves to be cloaked in. While those in power take steps to neutralize the threat, police pursue the mystery of V, unaware of the terrible truth that awaits them. But it is Evey who, with V as her enigmatic guide, sets out on the painful path of deception and self-discovery, deconstruction and re-creation, vindication and vengeance” Goodreads

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Book Review: The Infernal World of Branwell Brontë by: Daphne du Maurier

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He belonged, by blood and by temperament, to the first freckles group from across the water which might beckon him; to the eloquent unpublished poets of many a Dublin side-street, to the painters with canvases untouched […] He belonged to the great company of gifted, wasted Irishmen who, in their mother country, are content to fail and dream, but, transplanted into another, break body and soul” – The Infernal World of Branwell Brontë, Daphne du Maurier

Initial Thoughts: The Infernal World of Branwell Brontë… doesn’t this title send delicious shivers up your spine? It does for me.  It took me a few months to get my hands on a copy of this book. For the most part it is out of print. I was lucky to have found an old battered copy at my library.fire-836635_1920

Summary

In 1960, Daphne du Maurier (author of Rebecca, The Birds, and Jamaica Inn) published The Infernal World of Branwell Brontë, the story of the forgotten Bronte sibling. Branwell Brontë was the brother of Charlotte Brontë (author of Jane Eyre, Villette, Shirley, and The Professor), Emily Brontë (author of Wuthering Heights), and Anne Brontë (author of Agnes Grey, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall). Although Branwell showed signs of promise from a young age, he quickly spiraled down an infernal path to self destruction. Daphne du Maurier’s biography of Branwell tells the story of a man with infinite potential who couldn’t overcome the demons haunting his own mind.

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Book Review: The Hyde by: Hideto Takarai (寶井 秀人)

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First Impressions: For the past few years, I have been an ardent fan of the Japanese rock musician Hyde, vocalist of the bands L’Arc~en~Ciel and VAMPS. The Hyde is his autobiography, his way of removing the veil of secrecy from his life in his tell-all autobiography. Even though I couldn’t read it in its original language, I decided to order a copy anyway and find unofficial English and Spanish translations online.guitar-2222350_1920

Summary

Hideto Takarai known as Hyde, is one of Japan’s most famous singers. Born in Wakayama in 1969, in the early nineties Hyde rose to fame as the vocalist of the band L’Arc~en~Ciel. L’Arc~en~Ciel continues to be one of Japan’s most famous bands, garnering a worldwide fanbase. In 2012, L’Arc~en~Ciel was the first Japanese band to headline Madison Square Garden in New York. This unique autobiography, The Hyde, explores Hyde’s life from A-Z, including his childhood memories, the indie days of L’Arc~en~Ciel, and his evolution as a person and artist.

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Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by: Ransom Riggs

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I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was” –Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs

Initial Thoughts: When this book was first released in 2011, the cover image of the miserable looking girl apparently floating in midair was featured everywhere. Critics couldn’t stop raving about this book. And so, sometime in 2011 to 2012, I had checked it out at the library. The title Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children reminded me a lot of the television show I used to watch when I was a kid Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Anyway, upon reading the first ten pages, I gave up and I ended up returning the book a few days later. Recently, I decided to give this book another chance after watching the movie adaptation.photo-camera-219958_1280

Plot Summary

Ever since he was a little boy, Jacob has been told fantastical stories by his grandfather about a mysterious island off the coast of England inhabited by strange children with peculiar gifts. When Jacob’s grandfather dies under mysterious circumstances, Jacob decides to investigate by venturing to the mysterious island.

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