Hi everyone, it’s David. Below are the three books I will almost definitely have posted reviews for in the last few days of January. There may also be enough time for a potential fourth book The Essex Serpent, however this review will likely end up being in early February. If any of the books below take your fancy, and you’d be interested in seeing reviews of them, follow us on Twitter and/or WordPress so you don’t miss them!
1) Being a Beast by Charles Foster
“How can we ever be sure that we really know the other? To test the limits of our ability to inhabit lives that are not our own, Charles Foster set out to know the ultimate other: the non-humans, the beasts. And to do that, he tried to be like them, choosing a badger, an otter, a fox, a deer, and a swift. He lived alongside badgers for weeks, sleeping in a sett in a Welsh hillside and eating earthworms, learning to sense the landscape through his nose rather than his eyes. He caught fish in his teeth while swimming like an otter; rooted through London garbage cans as an urban fox; was hunted by bloodhounds as a red deer, nearly dying in the snow. And he followed the swifts on their migration route over the Strait of Gibraltar, discovering himself to be strangely connected to the birds.
A lyrical, intimate, and completely radical look at the life of animals—human and other—Being a Beast mingles neuroscience and psychology, nature writing and memoir to cross the boundaries separating the species. It is an extraordinary journey full of thrills and surprises, humour and joy. And, ultimately, it is an inquiry into the human experience in our world, carried out by exploring the full range of the life around us.”
I have just finished this book and it was… interesting to say the least. I am probably going to have the review ready for Tuesday evening so be on the lookout for that if you have an interest in nature books. I can already tell this is going to be the most difficult review I will have done yet!
2) The Golem’s Eye by Jonathan Stroud
“At only fourteen, Nathaniel is a rising star: a young magician who is quickly climbing the ranks of the government. There is seemingly nothing he cannot handle, until he is asked to deal with the growing Resistance movement, which is disrupting London life with its thefts and raids. It’s no easy task: the ringleader Kitty and her friends remain elusive, and Nathaniel’s job-and perhaps his life-are soon at risk. As the pressure mounts, he is distracted by a new series of terrifying attacks in the capital. But is it the Resistance again, or something more dangerous still? To uncover the perpetrators, Nathanial must take desperate measures: a journey to the enemy city of Prague and-worse-summoning once again the troublesome, enigmatic, and quick – witted djinni Bartimaeus.
A thrilling sequel to the best-selling Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem’s Eye is a roller-coaster ride of magic, adventure, and political skullduggery, in which the fates of Nathaniel, Bartimaeus, and Kitty explosively collide.”
This is another book, that I have already finished and is the sequel to the first book in this trilogy. If you haven’t already then check out my review of the first novel “The Amulet of Samarkand”. The second book in the series is also a cracker and I very much enjoyed reading it. I will likely have a review ready for this book sometime on either Thursday or Friday this week, depending on how much university work I get through, so be looking out for that coming soon!
3) Ptolemy’s Gate by Jonathan Stroud
“Three years have passed since the magician Nathaniel helped prevent a cataclysmic attack on London. Now an established member of the British Government, he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly; Britain’s enemies are mounting attacks close to London; and rebellion is fomenting among the commoners. Increasingly imperious and distracted, Nathaniel is treating Bartimaeus worse than ever. The long-suffering djinni is growing weak and vulnerable from too much time in this world and is nearing the end of his patience.
Meanwhile, Nathaniel’s longtime rival Kitty has been stealthily completing her research on magic, demons, and Bartimaeus’s past. She has a daring plan that she hopes will break the endless cycle of conflict between djinn and humans. But will anyone listen to what she has to say?
In this glorious conclusion to the Bartimaeus trilogy, the destinies of Bartimaeus, Nathaniel, and Kitty converge once more. Together the threesome faces treacherous magicians, a complex conspiracy, and a rebellious faction of demons. To survive, they must test the limits of this world and question the deepest parts of themselves. And most difficult of all-they will have to learn to trust one another.”
This is the final book in the Bartimaeus trilogy, which I am planning to start reading today and to have finished hopefully by the end of the week. I will likely have the review ready either this weekend, but if I haven’t finished it (not unlikely as they are long books) it will be ready early next week.
There you have it, they were my reviews to look out for in the rest of January. Hope you enjoyed it! Let us know in the comments below any books you would like reviews for!
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Until next time,