Category: Books

Multiple Reviews

A selection of short reviews rather than a new post for each – it seems a little tidier. Amber and Dusk by Lyra Selene I read this book spread out over about six months in little pieces. Every time I read it, I loved it, but I can’t give...

Only The Ocean – Review 2*

Only the Ocean – by Natasha Carthew Natasha Carthew uses an interesting prose for which she is often praised – according to the book’s opening pages. And I sort of liked it. I certainly did at first, it’s got a sort of charm to it. But then I found...

Consent in Literature

So, following on from my review for What If It’s Us by Becky Abertalli and Adam Silvera I want to talk about sexual consent in literature. CW: Frank discussion of sex, consensual or otherwise. I’ve read a handful of books recently that have had sexual content. I want to...

Kugali Anthology – Review, 4*

Kugali Anthology Vol. 1 by Jasonas Lamy, Hafeez Oluwa, Aiman Mimiko, Juni Ba, Keenan Kornegay, Ziki Nelson, Gbenle Maverick (Illustrator), Carlos Montenegro (Illustrator) , Cristina Alvarez (Illustrator) I enjoyed the art work but I’ll be honest, I can’t say for sure I was following the stories. I’m not sure...

The Martian – Review, 4*

The Martian by Andy Weir I actually really enjoyed this, I’m not a total fan of the diary format usually but for obvious reasons it works here. Andy Weir builds tension well and the science is believable enough to me. Watney isn’t a person I’d go to the pub...

Love, Lies, & Hocus Pocus: Beginnings – Review, 2*

Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus by Lydia Sherrer I can’t say I overly enjoyed this book. It’s not a bad book, it’s just not for me. I didn’t like the protagonist and I didn’t like the plot set up. Which are the two main components of books, so, yeah....

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Review, 3*

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez So… it wasn’t bad. I just wasn’t properly prepared. If there’d been a preface that said “it’s a slice of many lives novel in a style reminiscent of Homer or Virgil” then I would have been prepared. But in my...

Bloodwitch – Review, 4*

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard I loved being in this world again, seeing the characters and their relationships develop. I devoured this book as I devoured all the others. My only quibbles are: Susan Dennard is a little to keen on the cliffhanger chapter ending which means that I probably...

A Field Guide to Getting Lost – Review, 3*

A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit I think I could like this book. I think I will re-read it and take more away from it the next time around, as it was it didn’t totally click with me. There were some good parts of it and...

We Crossed A Bridge And It Trembled – Review, 5*

We Crossed A Bridge And It Trembled by Wendy Pearlman This book was beautiful. Haunting, devastating, uplifting, awful, and beautiful. Wendy Pearlman has done a magnificent job transcribing the thoughts and feelings of the people of Syria. I remember the Arab Spring… in that I remember the fall out...