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…

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.

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…