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James Joyce – Dubliners | Review

Title: Dubliners

Author: James Joyce

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 256

Rating: 4*/5

 

James Joyce - Dubliners

James Joyce – Dubliners

 

I was pleasantly surprised by Dubliners. I’d heard a few other people say that they didn’t like it because it felt like nothing was happening, and while I can see how that’s true to a certain extent, that’s not really the point of it. It’s more like an examination of the social conditions in Dublin.

I find it hard to say exactly why I liked this, just as I’d find it hard to give you a summary of what happens. It was mostly the way the language was used – but I also think a huge shout out is due to the publisher here. From what I gather, it’s part of a parent company that has a number of different imprints. It’s called Pulp! The Classics, and it’s fricken awesome.

They basically take classic books like this, which are now out of copyright and free for anyone to republish, and put a ‘pulp’ twist on them, so they have epic covers and stunning layouts and just feel amazing when they’re in your hands. It might sound like a gimmick, but I think it’s a noble mission. It makes classical literature more appealing to the masses, and that can only be a good thing.

All in all, you should get this book if you get a chance to – but you should go out of your way to get the Pulp! The Classics version. And they haven’t paid me to say this.

 

James Joyce

James Joyce

 

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Colin Pyle and Ryan Pyle – The Middle Kingdom Ride | Review

Title: The Middle Kingdom Ride

Author: Colin Pyle and Ryan Pyle

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 282

Rating: 9/10

 

Colin Pyle and Ryan Pyle - The Middle Kingdom Ride

Colin Pyle and Ryan Pyle – The Middle Kingdom Ride

 

Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

I’ve got to be honest with you, I didn’t expect this book to be this good – especially so because it was sent to me with an accompanying DVD. But I managed to do the sensible thing and read the book first, and I’m glad I did – now I can’t wait to watch the DVD!

The Middle Kingdom Ride tells the epic tale of the authors, Canadian brothers who ride over 18,000 kilometres around China on the back of 800cc motorbikes. It sounds difficult enough, but when you factor in some of the crazy laws that are followed to the letter despite them contravening common sense, the unpredictable weather, the wearying conditions and the inherent danger in riding motorbikes that far across the weirdest roads you can imagine, you start to get a feel for how mammoth the task is.

The two brothers’ writing is in just the right style for the job – they take it in turns to cover what’s happening, and they explain it simply and with just the right amount of westernisation. It’s the kind of book where you actually learn something, and that’s always good in my eyes. It almost makes me want to travel around China, except I don’t have the money to fund the trip, I can’t ride a motorbike and the whole thing sounds pretty damn impossible to repeat.

Seriously, they came pretty close to death on several occasions. Don’t try this at home.

 

Colin Pyle and Ryan Pyle

Colin Pyle and Ryan Pyle

 

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