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Review: To the Lighthouse

To the Lighthouse
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I have this on Audible, and I have literally stopped and restarted this book no less than 5 times, over a period of 3 years. I’ve gotten the furthest with this latest run, but I have to stop. Enough is enough.

I have no idea what this book is about. Maybe I have to actually read it, but usually Juliet Stevenson does an amazing narration. I hear her, but nothing’s coming through at all. At least for Ulysses, which was also similarly difficult to listen to, had spells where I could actually understand what’s happening.

I couldn’t do that here. At all.

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Review: A Little History of Philosophy

A Little History of Philosophy
A Little History of Philosophy by Nigel Warburton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

[Forgot when I finished this]

Snippets of the thinkers in philosophy. Short chapters for each thinker, one leading to the next via a clever little setup.

Good introduction to the figures in philosophy.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From a story perspective, this book is weaker than the original 7 books. It almost feels like a “greatest hits” collection, a sauntering lap of honour as the story brings the readers back to pivotal moments in the early books (yes, there’s time-travel involved).

That’s not to say that the story was poor. The originals had a purpose – an almighty quest that took 7 books to bring to closure. It was clear from the onset that this was an addendum, something that simultaneously brings an update to the fans on the state of affairs after 19 years in Potterverse (and 9 years since the publication of the last book), as well as to shoehorn a good story in there. So naturally the story needs to plumb the depths of the canon for familiarity’ sake.

I enjoyed the story very much. As I mentioned the story itself was competently done, but what I really liked was the fact that this was a father and son story. And I’m truly a sucker for those, seeing that I’m also a father of a 9 year old. Being a father made me emotionally susceptible to blatant plot twists involving father-son relationships, threatening my long held reputation as a stone cold-hearted bastard who doesn’t bat an eyelid at the supposedly tear-jerking moments in any book (which was first shattered, btw, by another father-son story). I see the challenges Harry has with his growing second child Albus as something that I have to brace myself facing. So this book actually gets three-stars, with a bonus one for being a father-son story.

(This is my review and I do whatever I want)

This was a fun romp, and I highly recommend this to Harry Potter fans. If you’ve not read HP before, give this a miss for now. Do yourself a favour, set aside any preconceived notions and preconceptions you may have surrounding the originals, and read them.

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