Everyone is simply waiting for Hardy to die, and this comes through in the writing. We’re stuck at Max Gate, but this is a good and useful thing.
The food is hearty and contemporary, and definitely achievable by anyone with an ounce of nous in the kitchen.
Together, VUP and the IIML have monopolised the literary scene. All of this makes it difficult for anyone else to compete on artistic terms, if not on commercial ones.
It is a youthfully optimistic but, thankfully, never naïve novel, propelled by its honesty and originality.
I consider myself an avid watcher of Game of Thrones. But it wasn’t until I finished watching season 3 and the horror that was the Red Wedding that I also became an avid reader of it.
It’s a fascinating look at the place of sin and sanctity from the 4th century AD to today, and an immensely skilful piece of poetry.
If there is a governing consciousness for these stories it is minimalism; not a stylish, pretentious minimalism, but a sort of solid, solemnly beautiful West-Coast brusqueness.
Two very smart, witty books which will help ease you into the semester.
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