Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J K Rowling, 2000

In my post on Prisoner of Azkaban I tried to argue that the darkness of that story supported the idea that the novel was the turning point in the series, when they stopped being children’s happy-ever-after tales and became a lot more serious and even disturbing. My evidence rested largely on the role played byContinue reading “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J K Rowling, 2000”

Book review: A Study in Scarlet, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1887

Yep, that’s right – A Study in Scarlet, the first story to feature Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, was published in Beetons Christmas Annual, although you will struggle to find anything remotely Christmassy about it! This is the Holmes and Watson ‘origin story’, explaining how they meet (introduced by a common acquaintance), came to liveContinue reading “Book review: A Study in Scarlet, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1887”

Book review: Unseen Academicals, (Discworld 37) by Sir Terry Pratchett, 2009

Yes, Unseen Academicals is ‘the one with the football’ but it is so much more than that. Pratchett’s extraordinary ability to find new heights and depths to his universe was not dimmed by the fact that he was at this point 37 books into the series and that he was using very familiar characters and settings.Continue reading “Book review: Unseen Academicals, (Discworld 37) by Sir Terry Pratchett, 2009”