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 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: 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 …

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 …

Memorable Writing: Americanah

I picked up Half of a Yellow Sun by chance seven years ago, unaware of the rare literary talent that is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Her writing style mesmerized my aspiring-writer brain and, well, filled me with apprehension. How could I ever become that good? Just because I found out about Adichie by chance, does not …

About The Purpose of This Blog

No, not another freshman blogger, full of ideas and passion and pink butterflies of awesomeness and uniqueness and bloglovingness and not-aware-of-what's-coming-ness. Been there, done that. Had two blogs and killed them. (Kill your darlings! Kill your darlings!) Not sure if I've had more good blogger days when I believed the world cared for my ramblings; or …