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SA Partridge

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I’ve been reading!

Hello. Watches tumbleweeds roll across blog page.

It’s been a while, I know. I’ve been quietly chipping away at a new book and catching up on my reading. I’ve been meaning to post some reviews for ages, but every time I open up a blank document something distracts me (work, but also fun things like seeing friends, creative collaborations and adventuring around with my partner in crime.)

So before someone or something grabs my attention, here are some thoughts on a few recent reads.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Some books hit you like a bullet. Once I picked up Gone Girl, it didn’t matter that I had an apartment full of guests; I had to read, read and read until the book was finished. Flynn’s style is electric. The first and the second half really gripped me, but the ending left me a little uncertain.

Nick and Amy are both bottom of the barrel dodgy. They deserve each other. I was a little disappointed that Amy was dismissed as a crazy woman and that was the end of it. I didn’t want to sympathise for Nick. (He’s even more “likeable” in the film) But I suppose everyone will have his or her own interpretation. That’s the beauty of books.

I waited until my partner had seen the film before voicing my thoughts (FYI it’s not a great date movie). As we drove home from the cinema we spoke about relationships, the compatibility of men and women, secret lives, pretending to be someone you’re not. I love that a book can open up dialogue like that. It’s definitely stayed me long after I’ve put it down.

Girl with all the gifts

The Girl With All The Gifts by Mike Carey

The Girl With All The Gifts is a zombie novel with a difference. I loved how easily I could slip into all the different characters’ heads – a zombie girl, her teacher, a mad scientist, a military man. Carey has created a smart, entertaining read with science at its core, adding a new perspective to the zombie origin story, and frighteningly, one based squarely in reality. (Do yourself a favour and Google Amazon zombie fungus). Fast-paced and twisty and a must for fans of the genre.

For those of you who missed Mike at the Open Book Festival, here are some photo highlights.

Army of the lost

The Army Of The Lost by Lily Herne

The third in the exciting Deadlands trilogy, The Army of the Lost follows the Mall Rats as they’re captured by a mysterious militarised group. The book is set in post-apocalyptic South Africa after a zombie outbreak has decimated the human race. A fun, effortless read, especially for fans of contemporary YA and zombies. I’m particular impressed with the diverse cast of characters representing real South Africa and the LGBT community.

I also read The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick and Garden of Dreams by Melissa Siebert and I’m currently reading Tease by Amanda Maciel but these reviews are for #STBooks and will appear on Bookslive at a later date.

What are you reading at the moment?


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