Mini Book Review: The Song Of Achilles / Madeline Miller

In all honestly, I knew after re-reading this book for a second time that the subsequent book post would soon follow and here we are.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller tells the story of Achilles and Patroclus during their childhood and the Trojan war, focusing on the breathtakingly beautiful romance they share. The characters, though set in ancient Greece, are personable and relatable with genuinely inspiring views on love, life and death. There is somewhat of a historical debate over the nature of the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus. However, Miller’s retelling of the story offers a tale that will undoubtedly make you fall in love with Achilles and Patroclus’ bond.

It reads like poetry, flowing effortlessly with numerous poignant lines which will force you to reach for your highlighter in the hopes to internalize them. The Song of Achilles is truly one of a kind: it’s the kind of book that stays with you days after reading and you wonder if you’ll ever find something that matches it’s greatness. (Can you tell I liked the book?)

Also, it’s just recently been announced by Madeline Miller that “Caryn Mandabach Productions Ltd., producer of the acclaimed BBC series Peaky Blinders, has optioned the rights to The Song of Achilles for a possible television mini-series.” If it’s anything like the book, it’s surely going to be a hit! So if you want to get ahead of the crowd, I’d recommend picking up the book and immersing yourself in Miller’s world. You can purchase it from Waterstones, WHSmiths or Amazon.

Ultimately I debated how many stars to give TSOA, I was hesitant to go for broke but to be honest, I’d be lying to myself if I didn’t give it five stars.


Mini Book Review: The Song Of Achilles / Madeline Miller

Film Review: The Martian


I recently went to see the new Ridley Scott film, ‘The Martian’, and it was surprisingly fantastic. Not to rain on Matt Damon’s parade but I wasn’t expecting him to be anything special in this film however he completely proved me wrong. His performance was outstanding, and given that a lot of the film is character driven, he managed to captivate and entertain. One of my favourite things about the Martian, aside from the eye-candy that is Sebastian Stan, was the humour. I mean, of course, it was heart-breaking at points and gave a real insight into humanity but it was also really funny. I feel like that was what was lacking in films such as Gravity and Interstellar which did explore space very well visually but I found the characters harder to connect to. The science was interesting as well and the views of space were spectacular, it had the perfect amount of both tension and resolve. A great list of actors as well who executed their parts amazingly.

Overall, I really enjoyed the Martian and it’s without a doubt my favourite film of this year so far, so if you get the chance and enjoy seeing space themed movies, definitely give it a go! I’m giving it: ✮✮✮✮.

Film Review: The Martian