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All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

My brother gave me All You Need is Kill as a Christmas present, and I was immediately intrigued and excited to read it. I knew the book had recently been made into a film starring Tom Cruise, so knew that it was an action/sci-fi (one of my favourite genres). The film, which I have not seen, has been renamed Edge of Tomorrow, and after reading the book I’ve realised that’s not all they have changed. All You Need is Kill is written by a Japanese author, and is set in a future version of Japan. The main character of the book is – you guessed it – Japanese. Tom Cruise, who portrays this character in the film, is definitely not Japanese! This has made me extremely weary about watching the film, because when a film adaptation of a good book changes dramatically, it really does disappoint me (If I do watch the…

The Life of God (as Told by Himself) by Franco Ferrucci

I don’t think this is the sort of book that you can read only once. Deeply philosophical and wondrously thought-provoking, I’m not going to pretend that I fully understand and appreciate the themes and messages of the author. I initially found the narrative of God refreshing, liberating and entertaining. Ferrucci’s God awoke one day in an isolated void of nothingness. Completely alone and unable to remember anything prior to his awakening, God in his infancy is confused and unhappy wandering blind in the darkness of nothingness. Overcome with feelings of abandonment and sorrow he lets out a cry, which exploded into fragments and fell as a solitary, burning ball; God had created the sun. The first part of this story makes for great reading, and Ferrucci paints clear and detailed visions of beauty in your mind (which is a talent to be admired). God consciously experiments with creation, and quickly…

Reality Boy by A.S. King

Reality Boy was a gift from my brother last Christmas, but I only just got round to reading it. Published in 2013, it’s a modern book set in today’s era portraying how a former reality show child ‘star’ grows into an angry teenage boy. Gerald, lives with his Mother, Father and older sister Tasha. His other sister is currently attending collage across the pond in Glasgow. She escaped, and Gerald can’t work out if he’s pleased for her, or angry that she left him in this mess. The Faust family starred in a reality TV show back when Gerard was a toddler. Like all toddlers, he had behavioural issues. When he was feeling particularly angry, defiant or hard-done-by, Gerald would crap. Everywhere. And I mean everywhere; on the dinner table, in the wardrobe and even in his Mother’s shoes. And all of that was aired for the whole of the…

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