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 …

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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 …

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

There will always be a special place in my heart for Gone With the Wind and Scarlett, the veritable epitome of grace an virtue. This is certainly one of the books that defined my teenage reading experience (what was that? YA?) and I so wish I had not read it like a thousand times already. If you are …

Book and Movie Review: Suite Francaise

Suite Francaise, the movie, follows the eponymous novel's second novella - Dolce - describing the impossible love between a German officer and a French POW's wife. Writer Irène Nemirovsky died in Auschwitz before finishing the novel. What has reached us, though, is heartbreaking and beautiful, both on screen and on page. Yes, it's a story about love. But …

Book Review: Cleopatra’s Moon

...or why I hated it. In all honesty - I never finished it, it's on the back burner, the first victim of my new philosophy (Life is too short and the reading list too long to waste time on bad books). Not that it is entirely a bad book. My problem comes from the fact …

Book Review: Lady of The Eternal City

If someone takes a look at the book reviews I care to write they will think I only read Kate Quinn and Diana Gabaldon, which I swear is not true, although I do read all they have authored that I can get my hands on. So, it would be an understatement to say I was …

Blog Tour – Guest Post: “Lady of the Eternal City” by Kate Quinn

"Boys in Our Books"...

Boys in our Books welcomes Kate Quinn to discuss her new release “Lady of the Eternal City”

“Homosexuality In Ancient Rome”

A world where homosexuality is accepted as natural, allowable, and moral—it’s something we dream about and strive for, one step at a time. The ancient world is often held up as an example of how much better things used to be, i.e. how did we backslide from the days of ancient Rome and ancient Greece when there was no homophobia about men sleeping with other men? But when I began researching for my novel “Lady of the Eternal City,” which features famous gay lovers Hadrian and Antinous as main characters, I found that the truth was a little more complex. Ancient Rome had its own very strict sexual standards, and homophobia was unfortunately still there to make life hell for the men who violated those rules.

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Book Reviews – Not All Are Created Equal

I cherish my reading buddies. I see them as rare gems, waiting to be discovered in a sea of movie-goers, hikers, artists, jocks, yogis  and fashionistas. Since the rise of the social, it has been easier than ever to connect with fellow book lovers and see what others think of the sequel you just read and loved or about …