#Emptyshelf17 #23 The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Circle by Dave Eggers My rating: 4 of 5 stars I watched the film first - I don't know if that was a good move or not, as there's some definite oddities in the film. The book's much better, and is a real challenge as to who has the power over our knowledge (very Foucauldian), although it came to a rather abrupt end which I found a little less satisfying than the film -…

#EmptyShelf 2016 #27: Mind Games by @TeriTerryWrites (Orchard Books, 2015)

I spoke at a children's book event the other year, and this book - Mind Games - was one of the pre-press books that I picked up .. I love teenage books - good moral message, typically fairly fast paced, and always lots to think about. With echoes of books such as Divergent, this book takes us into a future (post World War 3), in which the world is largely controlled by a large virtual-reality corporation…

#EmptyShelf 2016 #23: The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood (Bloomsbury, 2015)

Mentioning to a friend that I have always enjoyed dystopian/utopian (futurist) fiction (it always seemed to be a staple of my teenage reading, and more recently, books such as The Hunger Games, and TV series such as Black Mirror and Mr Robot), having just re-read the Divergent trilogy, he suggested I should try (and lent me) The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood. In brief, Charmaine and Stan, who had been happily employed, mortgaged, and planning for kids, victims…