Book Review: The Alice Network

The latest by Kate Quinn is a departure from Roman intrigue, be it during Antiquity or Renaissance, but not from her masterful gripping storytelling. The Alice Network is a wartime novel about daring female spies, a determined American socialite on a rescue mission and a lot of damaged souls on a quest for redemption. Two …

Book Review: The Ship of Brides

The premise of The Ship of Brides did not instantly strike the right chord with me. I had settled for a guilty-pleasure read to take my mind off a mind-boggling book. After all, it had all the appearance of an ordinary war romance story, and I have always been a sucker for those. Mind you, it …

Princess Sisi -Then And Now

We girls often fall in love with princesses and the idea of being a princess very early on. Be it because of the way we are raised, the movies we watch, the pink dresses that are marketed for us - but it's more the norm than not. (I would actually argue against this early stereotyping, but in …

Book Review: The Fiery Cross

Outlander No.5 is nowhere close to becoming a classic. The Fiery Cross pretty much extinguished my love for the Frasers saga. The numbers say it all - it took me 382 days to finish. The first four books took me roughly a month each, so a total of 120 days. I had heard the entire series …

Book Review: Me Before You

I'd seen this title in a number of must-read lists, one being something like 'Romantic novels for people who hate romance'. The story, however, of a girl who cares for a quadriplegic man and falls in love with him didn't really sound non-cheesy to me. Worse, it sounded formulaic. Little did I know. I finally picked …

Book Review: Assegai – An African Adventure by Wilbur Smith

I love Wilbur Smith! He writes great adventure set in exotic lands, and few writers excel as much as him in bringing African scenery to life. Now that I can order whichever book of his I want, I was preparing to indulge. But... Assegai is an enjoyable book. The first two-thirds were just as adventurous and picturesque as …

Summer Book Review: The Martian

I expected (and hoped) to be impressed by Andy Weir's insanely popular sci-fi The Martian and I am happy to report that it BLEW. MY. MIND. I am mind-patting myself on the shoulder right now for choosing this for the beach - it's compulsively readable, intense and often witty hilarious (the only type of hilarious I register). The …

Book + Movie Review: Far From The Madding Crowd

I was certain Far from the Madding Crowd will be a 'love or hate' novel, but now I am swaying in the middle. The writing is brilliant but archaic; the story goes to daring extremes to bare the human soul but the pacing falters. The novel tells the story of an independent young woman torn between the suits of …

Stephen King’s On Writing – The Takeaways

This is ridiculous - reviewing Stephen King's master advice on how to write? Seriously, this constant current of feedback is what's wrong with the world today. Everyone can review everything, although some (in all honesty - most) people are just not equipped to say anything substantial; to meaningfully add to the discussion; to not embarrass themselves. One of them is me …

Book Review: The Swan Thieves

I read The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova a while ago and thought it was time for an improved version of my initial review. I like my books neatly stacked on the shelf and my book reviews - in one place. So I am stacking here. I have tried a couple of times to read Kostova’s other novel, The Historian, but …