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Posts from the “Books” Category

Tender Is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald (Book Review)

Posted on November 28, 2012

Compared to the more popular works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, such as, for example: The Great Gatsby (currently undergoing yet another transformation from page to screen), and the short story The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, it can be argued that Tender Is the Night has been largely ignored. In fact upon release, the follow up to Fitzgerald’s seminal novel The Great Gatsby, was viewed as a failure, and although it can definitely be argued that the popularity of the publication has increased over time, the works most commonly associated with the author remain, to this day, the aforementioned pair. One of the many interesting aspects to Tender Is the Night that also exists in many other works by Fitzgerald is the semi-autobiographical nature of its prose. This is perhaps…

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1 (Graphic Novel Review)

Posted on November 20, 2012

Given the overwhelming criticism that has been directed at the film adaptation of Alan Moore’s homage to 19th Century literature you would not be blamed in opting to dismiss ‘League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ as something of little significance or intellectual merit; though to do so would be at your own loss. Whilst the film fails in several aspects of its construction the original source material is both glowing with charm and intelligent in design, making the book a welcome addition to any comic-enthusiast’s collection. One of the main attractions of the text that is distinctly lacking in the film is most definitely the art style and direction; the style and layout of the book deliberately reminiscent of other works from the 19th century, with…