Fiction, Reviews

Review: “The Rules Of Magic” by Alice Hoffman

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. 

Fiction, Lists

10 Best Books in a Blizzard

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...

Fiction, Reviews, Vintage

Bottoms Up with “The Thin Man”

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”