Cecily's book reviews

In general I've written reviews of every book I've read since I joined GoodReads (RIP) in May 08, along with one or two I read prior to that. More recent reviews tend to be longer (sometimes a tad too long?). I always carry a book, though I don't get as much time as I'd like to get engrossed - life is busy, but in a good way. Too many of my favourite authors died without writing enough! Apart from reading, and writing about reading, I enjoy Scrabble, good restaurants, woodland, and attending the theatre.
Animal Farm - George Orwell The power struggles in the Soviet Union that are partial inspiration for the satire of this book may be unknown by many nowadays. However, the real message is a much broader look at equality, (human) rights and the tendency of power to corrupt - all very valid today.

The plot is too well known to need summarising: animals take over the farm from a nasty owner, but the pigs who are in charge become increasingly tyrannical and like the master they replaced. Some of the animals want to rebel, others keep the vision and sacrifice all for it.

Currently reading

The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy
Sebastian Peake, China MiƩville, Mervyn Peake
Mervyn Peake