The Chronicles of Narnia Books are not as Fantastical as I Remembered

The Chronicles of Narnia Books are not as Fantastical as I Remembered

Over the summer I decided to reread The Chronicles of Narnia. I had basically zero recollection of the books beyond my childhood favourite, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (henceforth, LWW) and boy, was I disappointed. But I powered through it and it took enough of my time to earn itself this BUMPER blog [...]

Rereading Harry Potter | The Philosopher’s Stone: ‘Harry – yer a wizard’

Rereading Harry Potter | The Philosopher’s Stone: ‘Harry – yer a wizard’

I reread Harry Potter a few months ago and I have finally gotten round to writing down my thoughts. It's been about 10 years since I read the series last Rereading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is an experience that is much like finding an old, comfortable chair to sit in. Although not my introduction [...]

The Amulet of Samarkand Just Wasn’t Magical Enough

The Amulet of Samarkand Just Wasn’t Magical Enough

The Amulet of Samarkand | Jonathan Stroud ★★★ Nathaniel Underwood is a magician's apprentice. With the aid of ancient words, candles and pentacles, he can summon djinns and other magical creatures to do his bidding. He summons the wise-cracking djinn, Bartimaeus, to help him steal the eponymous Amulet of Samarkand. Humiliated by the older and [...]