For anyone new to this blog, I ought to explain my policy towards spoilers. Although I label most of my blog entries as reviews, they are not reviews in the sense you will find in newspapers, magazines, or online. They are “some things I think about this book, having very recently read it”. Hopefully these things will be interesting, such as the weird similarities between Harry Potter and Jane Eyre, or thinking aloud about whether Frankenstein’s monster actually existed outside Frankenstein’s imagination; more commonly they will be a summary of the main events of the novel, and a few random observations. But be warned – I might include spoilers – not deliberately, but equally I won’t go out of my way to avoid them. So if it is really important to you not to know what happens in a novel until you have read it for yourselves, safety first!