Sunday, 28 March 2010


Something I've been having some fun with lately is video making, so I started a YouTube channel which I plan to post weekly content on, in the form of skits, vlogs, and montages. Eventually I plan to add video content to this blog - and try to expand my audience. If this sort of thing appeals to you, head over to SpeedyReedyTV and subscribe!

Saturday, 27 March 2010

"Moby Dick"

Herman Melville's classic adventure novel "Moby Dick" tells of a young man who goes to sea on a whaling ship - leaving from America and sailing around Africa. Once aboard the Pequod with a companion he meets in an inn, he meets Captain Ahab - a man hellbent on taking revenge on the whale who took his leg. The story follows this journey across the seven seas, broken up between chapters devoted to facts and stories about whales.

I had been looking forward to reading this book since I bought it, and was really into it for the first half. The story progresses slowly but there is plenty of description and though the language is very intellectual, I felt like I could keep up. Unfortunately, I grew weary of the whale facts and (in much the same way that I have to skip the elven poetry in Lord of the Rings) found myself having to jump ahead when the story was interrupted by statistics on whale bone measurements.

As much as I liked the story, and can see why it continues to stand the test of time, I would only recommend the book to an avid reader with a strong interest in reading the book. This is an epic, and not to be started lightly. As such, I would give the book three out of five.

"Call me Ishmael." [Page 1]

My rating: (3.0/5.0)

Friday, 12 March 2010

"The Perks Of Being A Wallflower"

Stephen Chbosky's story follows an angsty teen through high school in the early 1990's, in a series of anonymous letters (signed "Charlie") to someone who seemed nice because they didn't take advantage of drunk girls, according to a classmate's anecdote. The letters tell of relationships, parties, school and family life for Charlie, and he admits his innermost feelings about events, starting with the suicide of his friend, "Michael".

I loved the honesty of the book, and the way that it was presented through the letters, and avoiding information which could reveal Charlie's true identity. The story was very interesting and I felt like I could understand Charlie, which was nice. I was highly recommended the book, and will pass on the same praise to anyone looking for a short, amazing novel about teenage life. In fact, to anyone, even if they aren't looking for that sort of book!

"I walked over to the hill where we used to go and sled. There were a lot of little kids there. I watched them flying. Doing jumps and having races. And I thought that all those little kids are going to grow up someday. And all of those little kids are going to do the things that we do. And they will all kiss someone someday. But for now, sledding is enough. I think it would be great if sledding were always enough, but it isn't." [Page 73]

My rating: (3.5/5.0)