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LITERATURE: The Secret Chamber

Written by Ben Kesp

The "Secret Chamber" by Patrick Woodhead is set in the Congo, Africa and is centred on a mine deep within the Ituri Forests which is producing a specialised variant of a substance called Fire Coltan, believed to revolutionise the mobile and communications industry.  Woodhead has created a detailed read on the Congo, combined with the struggles of the local people against their oppressors.  The book review is now posted on Goodreads. 

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LITERATURE: Bram Stoker (1847 - 1912)

Written by Ben Kesp

Today the 8th of November 2012 is the 165th birthday of Mr. Bram (Abraham) Stoker, born November 1847. I think it is worth mentioning this novelist whose greatest work continues to be the inspiration behind many films, television programmes and books. The novel is of course “Dracula” written in 1897. 

Bram Stoker, an Irish Novelist was born in Marino Crescent, Clontarf, Dublin City. Stoker attended Trinity College Dublin and graduated with an Honours BA in Mathematics. During his college years, he had an avid interest in theatre and became a critic for the Dublin Evening Mail. It was after giving an excellent review of Henry Irving’s Hamlet at Theatre Royal in Dublin that he became Irving’s good friend and assistant. Stoker also had an interest in art and was the founder of the Dublin Sketching Club in 1874.

In 1878 Stoker married Ms. Florence Balcombe, daughter of Lt Colonel James Balcombe of Marino Crescent, Dublin. Ms. Balcombe had been formerly dating Oscar Wilde.…

LITERATURE: Stieg Larsson's "The Girl who Played with Fire"

Written by Ben Kesp

I have posted my review of Stieg Larsson's second book of his trilogy on Goodreads.  I can recommend this as an excellent follow on from the first "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". Larsson has created complex and detailed plots full of drama and suspense while continuing with the underlying message of abuse and violence of women. Larsson continues to create detailed plot lines down to the mundane day to day routines of each character.  This is a fast paced book and an exciting read.
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