REVIEW: Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay (1967)

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 1967
Length: 196
Author: Goodreads

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Synopsis via GoodreadsIt was a cloudless summer day in the year nineteen hundred. Everyone at Appleyard College for Young Ladies agreed it was just right for a picnic at Hanging Rock. After lunch, a group of three of the girls climbed into the blaze of the afternoon sun, pressing on through the scrub into the shadows of Hanging Rock. Further, higher, till at last they disappeared.
They never returned. Whether Picnic at Hanging Rock is fact or fiction the reader must decide for themselves.

(Photo taken in Hazlemere within the Chiltern Hills in southeastern England.)

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REVIEW: The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (1990)

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
(The Wheel of Time, Book 1)

Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 1990
Length: 803
Author: Goodreads

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Synopsis via GoodreadsThe Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. 

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REVIEW: Mort by Terry Pratchett (1987)

Mort by Terry Pratchett
Publisher: Corgi
Format: Paperback
Length: 317
Published: 1987
Author: Goodreads and Website

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Synopsis via GoodreadsIn this Discworld instalment, Death comes to Mort with an offer he can’t refuse — especially since being, well, dead isn’t compulsory. As Death’s apprentice, he’ll have free board and lodging, use of the company horse, and he won’t need time off for family funerals. The position is everything Mort thought he’d ever wanted until he discovers that this perfect job can be a killer on his love life.

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REVIEW: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (2011)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Publisher: Arrow Books
Format: Paperback
Length: 374
Published: 2011 (edition read from 2018)
Author: Goodreads and Website

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Synopsis via GoodreadsIn the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

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REVIEW: Aaru by David Meredith (2017)

Aaru by David Meredith
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: Paperback
Length: 287
Published: 2017
Author: Goodreads, Website, Twitter

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Synopsis via GoodreadsRose is dying. Her body is wasted and skeletal. She is too sick and weak to move. Every day is an agony and her only hope is that death will find her swiftly before the pain grows too great to bear.

She is sixteen years old.

Rose has made peace with her fate, but her younger sister, Koren, certainly has not. Though all hope appears lost Koren convinces Rose to make one final attempt at saving her life after a mysterious man in a white lab coat approaches their family about an unorthodox and experimental procedure. A copy of Rose’s radiant mind is uploaded to a massive supercomputer called Aaru – a virtual paradise where the great and the righteous might live forever in an arcadian world free from pain, illness, and death. Elysian Industries is set to begin offering the service to those who can afford it and hires Koren to be their spokes-model.

Within a matter of weeks, the sisters’ faces are nationally ubiquitous, but they soon discover that neither celebrity nor immortality is as utopian as they think. Not everyone is pleased with the idea of life everlasting for sale.

What unfolds is a whirlwind of controversy, sabotage, obsession, and danger. Rose and Koren must struggle to find meaning in their chaotic new lives and at the same time hold true to each other as Aaru challenges all they ever knew about life, love, and death and everything they thought they really believed. 

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