In search of Hans Christian Andersen in Copenhagen

Imagine myself following a protagonist’ gripping adventure that might not have happened in this real world, such as waving the magical wand with the wizard, dancing with a Prince Charming and living happily ever after.  Whether I am bathing in happiness or when loneliness looms, love, loss and many others can be accomplished within a span of a couple hours. Being a voracious reader, smile creeps across my face when I realise how much Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales have enriched my childhood years. Even up to now, his magical stories never fails to delight, enchant and amaze us, and Copenhagen becomes a city where his writing inspiration flourished, and where he called it home.

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Book Review: “The Fault in our Stars” by John Green

Book information: New York: Dutton Books, 2012.  318p. 22cm

“So touching that it does really move me”, “A beautiful relationship.  Be sure to prepare a box of tissue near by your side while reading”.  Flooded with these highly praised comments, this popular bestseller has been ranked at the top wherever in bookstores or review websites.  Intrigued by the waves of popularity and seemingly emotionally-connected story, I have been patiently waiting for my library reservation, and has finally been my turn lately after several months!  With lofty anticipation before following the romance of two protagonists, I nonetheless end up being let down by the under-developed plot.

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Book Review: “Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

Hunger Games, a deadly fight in Capitol recorded by live TV once a year, could be synonymous to fame and fortune for only one winner, but bloody death for losers by fierce killings among the contestants.  Barbarous though the game seemed, one boy and one girl ranging from 12 to 18 years old in each of the twelve district were required to participate in it annually.  Stepping forward to replace younger sister Primrose’s seat, Katniss voluntarily joined the Hunger Games on behalf of District 12, along with a selected male representative named Peeta whom she owned a favour to.

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