Robinson Crusoe

By Daniel Defoe

Rating: 3 stars

At heart, this is a morality tale with some adventure thrown in. The carefree and somewhat debauched Crusoe goes through several adventures before being shipwrecked on his now famous island and coming to God.

Obviously there are issues for the modern reader: the attitude to slavery and black people (all characterised as ‘savages’), the belief in the superiority of Europeans etc, but it’s still an entertaining book for that.

Book details

ISBN: 9780375757327
Publisher: Modern Library
Year of publication: 1719

Fragile Things: Short Fictions & Wonders

By Neil Gaiman

Rating: 3 stars

I didn’t think this collection was as good as Smoke and Mirrors. I thought that several of the pieces in it felt a bit pretentious, like Gaiman was trying too hard. In saying that, there are still some cracking stories in here, especially Other People, Goliath (written for The Matrix, fact fans) and the sequel novella to American Gods, Monarch of the Glen. Worth reading, but Smoke and Mirrors was better.

Book details

ISBN: 9780755334148
Publisher: Headline Review
Year of publication: 2006

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