Tag: Reasons

Janis Jonevs – Doom 94 | Review

Title: Doom 94

Author: Janis Jonevs

Type: Fiction/Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 258

Rating 4.5/5

 

 

This book was fantastic for two simple reasons objectively, because it’s different, and subjectively, because it reflected my own childhood. It turns out that the Latvian city of Jelgava in the mid-nineties had a lot in common with the British town of Tamworth in the mid-2000s.

As you’ve probably guessed from that, Jonevs is a Latvian, and I actually met him at a party/networking event when I was invited to Riga to learn more about Latvian literature. This book wasn’t out at the time, at least not in English, but I’d heard enough about it to think that I was going to like it. I just didn’t expect to like it this much.

It’s basically a coming of age story, following Jonevs and his fellow metalheads as they finish up at school, discover drink, drugs and cigarettes and get into the Latvian metal scene. I hadn’t heard of most of the bands, of course, but there were mentions here and there of those that I had heard of. Kurt Cobain’s suicide plays a part in the plot and there were shoutouts for bands like My Dying Bride, Mayhem and Burzum. There was even a mention for Cynic, who are probably my favourite out of all of the heavier bands that Jonevs talked about. How Could I? and Veil of Maya in particular.

The only reason for 4.5/5 and not 5/5 is that there were a few typos.

 

 

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George Orwell – Why I Write | Review

Title: Why I Write

Author: George Orwell

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 122

Rating: 3.5*/5

 

George Orwell - Why I Write

George Orwell – Why I Write

 

I had to mark this book down a little bit because I feel like it was mis-sold to me. Orwell basically uses the first couple of pages to say that he writes for political reasons and then the rest of the book is about his political beliefs, so really this should be called “On Politics“.

Still, it was fine, it just wasn’t what I was expecting and so therefore it also wasn’t what I was in the mood to read. I’m also not really sure who I’d recommend it to. I mean, it’s worth reading if you’re in 1942. But I’m not.

 

George Orwell

George Orwell

 

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