Tag: Bonuses

Olga Tokarczuk – Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead | Review

Title: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

Author: Olga Tokarczuk

Category: Fiction

Page Count: 272

Rating: 4.5/5

This is potentially a late entry into my list of favourite books of the year, and so I’m definitely glad that I picked it up. I think I heard about it from BookTube, although I can’t remember where I first saw it. I mentioned it to my girlfriend in passing and then she grabbed me a copy for Christmas, and it turned out that Charlie Heathcote was reading it at the same time, so we did a buddy read.

It’s a Polish book that’s been translated, a sort of noir-ish literary fiction murder mystery, and it has some deep takes on life and philosophy that we can all learn from. It’s one of those rare books with a delicious mouth feel where for me at least, it was just a pleasure to read all of the way through. I didn’t want it to stop, but I guess eventually and inevitably, it had to.

If you’re looking for philosophical fiction with a poetic feel, you’re in luck. It also scores a few diversity points if that’s your thing, being written by a woman and originally in Polish. But those are all little bonuses, the icing on a delicious cake that I’m super glad I heard about.

I have no idea whether Charlie liked it as much as I did, but I’m sure he’ll be posting about it on Goodreads and on his BookTube channel, so you can find out there. Enjoy!

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Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie – A Bit of Fry and Laurie | Review

Title: A Bit of Fry and Laurie

Author: Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 230

Rating 3.5/5

 

 

This book is basically just a collection of scripts from the A Bit of Fry and Laurie TV show, but I’ve seen every episode of it a whole bunch of times and so because of that, it felt weirdly like I was re-reading something.

The good news is that all in all, I thought it was a lot of fun, and it reminded me why I was such a fan of the show in the first place. It also got me wanting to re-watch it, especially because of certain sections like the Tony and Control sketches. It even clarified a few bits here and there where I guess I misheard what had been said in the show and so the jokes were lost on me.

Still, I was somehow expecting more from this, perhaps in the form of a few little bonuses from Fry and Laurie. There was a little introduction that added a certain amount of context, but it wasn’t really enough to make this feel original in its own right. Instead, the book was kind of derivative of the show, but what the hey? If you’re a fan of Fry and Laurie, you’ll still enjoy it.

 

 

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