Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness by Joseph ConradHeart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Release Date: 25th September, 2007
Publisher: Penguin Books
Source: Bought
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Rating: one-star

Penguin inaugurates a series of revised editions of Conrad's finest works, with new introductions.

Exploring the workings of consciousness as well as the grim realities of imperialism, Heart of Darkness tells of Marlow, a seaman and wanderer, who journeys into the heart of the African continent to discover how the enigmatic Kurtz has gained power over the local people.

Okay, so some of you might know that Judith read this for her university course late last year, and hated it. You would think this would put me off reading a book but no, I have endless amounts of morbid curiosity to read the novels that everyone hates, which usually starts off with me thinking ‘well I’m sure this can’t have been that bad’ and ends with ‘I will have nightmares about how terrible this book was’. Basically I have issues and should probably seek medical help. At any rate though, I already had Heart of Darkness on my shelves since it was on the book list for one of my university modules and having never gotten round to reading it I just needed a reason to pick it up. I am just going to blame Judith for the hours I wasted on this insufferably boring excuse for a classic novel, yup. It’s her fault completely *nods*

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave by Rick YanceyThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave #1
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Penguin Books
Source: Publisher
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Rating: four-stars

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

I freakin’ love (LOVE) science fiction, and yet I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about an alien invasion quite like this one. Sure, there was The Host, but let’s be real here, that was more of a peaceful love story. And, of course, Obsidian, but that wasn’t really an invasion, it was aliens hiding amongst people because their home had been destroyed. So The 5th Wave was very refreshing, since it’s basically all action and survival. Continue reading