Thursday, 11 August 2011

How to be a Woman - Caitlin Moran

I've followed Caitlin Moran on twitter for a while. I didn't really know who she was, or what she did, but people often retweeted her and I found her amusing, so thought I'd follow as well. I've never read her column (we don't buy papers) and didn't know anything about her early career what with me being a foreigner and all. A lot of people were saying a lot of good things about How to be a Woman, and extracts I'd read had me nodding sagely, so I thought I'd give it a go.

I read one review which rather disparagingly said the book should be called "How to be Caitlin Moran". While I don't agree with the sentiment behind it, the reviewer was primarily right. This is a memoir first and foremost, but it also takes a modern look at feminist issues and makes the point that they are not just female issues, but human issues.

Monday, 1 August 2011

The Tawny Man Trilogy - Robin Hobb

If you've read other posts on my blog you'll already know that I discovered Robin Hobb only recently but I've become a big fan.

I loved the Farseer Trilogy and The Liveship Traders Trilogy and was looking forward to the Fool and Fitz together again.

The following contains lots of spoilers, so proceed with caution!