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Archive | Reviews

Review of Zone One by Colson Whitehead

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This title was billed to me as the thinking person’s zombie novel, released in time for Halloween to match the zeitgeist. Now I usually don’t pick up zombie novels and I’m less than thrilled by zombie games (though Left for Dead is a superb game) but I think that billing Zone One as a zombie novel is a bit […]

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The Best in South African Satire

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‘There can never be enough said of the virtues, dangers, the power of a shared laugh’, said Françoise Sagan. If it weren’t for the great comedic minds of our cultural landscape, we might have imploded a while ago. South Africa enjoys a remarkably robust cast of comedians and satirists in all mediums. Whether it is the […]

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Review: The Sims Medieval

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Being the full-on Sims addict that I am, I was very excited when the trailers for The Sims Medieval started coming out. The concept was great, taking the Sims back to medieval times, fighting battles, rescuing damsels! It seemed like the perfect expansion, and in some ways it was. The only real issue that I […]

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Five New Promotions at Exclusives.co.za: Festive Catalogue, Win Your Wishlist, Stocking Stuffers, Top Reference Picks and the Costa Book Award Shortlist!

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The Christmas decorations are going up – though thankfully the carols haven’t started echoing through the malls – and the seasonal shopping madness has begun! There are close and distant family members who require gifts, and while buying for our nearest and dearest is easy, those we don’t know as well that can be a […]

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Review of The Absolutist by John Boyne

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Briefly, The Absolutist is a story set mostly in the trenches of the First World War, alternatively narrated in present tense in the trenches and told in retrospective in Norwich in 1919. Tristan Sadler has letters to deliver to Marian, sister of his friend Will Bancroft. Will was shot as a traitor and a coward and Tristan […]

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Jane Austen Lives – and Dies – Again

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Jane Austen, despite being dead since 1817, continues to outsell many living authors. Six books and a handful of letters cemented her in the consciousness of the Western literary world, with Mr Darcy becoming the template upon which many a moody suitor has been based. Austen’s biting social satire was veiled in wit and setting, […]

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Review of The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

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There can be no doubt that writing a Sherlock Holmes novel, as endorsed by the Conan Doyle estate, must be accompanied by the kind of pressure and expectations that only first term American presidents must be familiar with. Not only is it a series with over a hundred years of uninterrupted popularity, but it also […]

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Review: X-Men First Class

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It has definitely been the year of the comic book and super hero movie, with Thor, Green Lantern, Green Hornet and Captain America rocketing to the top of the bestseller charts. Next year we will get to enjoy The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. There are also rumours of another Superman movie called The Man of Steel due in 2013 after the […]

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Review of My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece by Annabel Pitcher

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Besides having a charming cover (the paperback one is nowhere near as good as the trade paperback), My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece by Annabel Pitcher may be one of the best books of this year, an especially noteworthy achievement since it is ostensibly geared towards teens. The story starts with the line ‘My sister lives on […]

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