I'm struggling to remember the last time I read a book that didn't have magic in it.... This hasn't been an intentional decision - maybe it's just the autumnal weather kicking in, but it has had the beneficial side effect of immersing me in literary depictions of otherworldliness and getting me to think about what I do, and definitely do not, like about how the extraordinary is dealt with by authors.
Pitched as a grown up “Twilight” meets “Harry Potter,” Harkness certainly draws on the conventions of the genre in this first of three All Souls novels.
With the last blast of March winter upon those of us on the US east coast - need something to curl up with whilst you're snowed in? Why not try some of these classic books with wintery settings...
What happens when Britain's greatest Bard meets tequila swigging Yanks off Broadway?? Genius happens. Silly, rude, sloshing Genius.
Would vintage 1930s New York be useful for helping me acclimatise? No. But it was jolly entertaining. Dashiell Hammett's "The Thin Man' is sparse and very of its time. The characters are almost entirely unlikeable, apart from Nora, and it's a miracle anyone was able to get any deducing done given that they all seem… Continue reading Bottoms Up with “The Thin Man”
I feel as if Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2013 offering, “Americanah,” fell into my lap at the perfect time. As a recent immigrant to Brooklyn, I was looking to diversify my reading list and maybe find out something of the place I had landed in through the eyes of others who have found themselves swallowed up by this noisy, raucous city.