Book Review: Circe

Circe by Madeline Miller was one of the acclaimed new additions to my to-read list, and as a fan of her previous book – The Song of Achilles – I started it the moment it arrived. It tells of the nymph-witch Circe, daughter of Helios, maybe most famous for her part in the Odyssea. In…

Who Are We — a Post-”Sapiens” Reflection

I read Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens a while ago and it put me in a mild state of panic. Most of the facts and many of the insights are not new, but Harari bundles them in a succinct, neat package. The result is an eureka moment of sheer terror. His analysis and the logical build…

Call Me By Your Name – Everything Review

I have a movie/book hangover. Is that still a thing? With so few titles really impressing me lately, both on screen and on page, I am happy to be miserable and heart-broken by Call Me By Your Name. (Not because of the story, but because it is over.) The book, the movie, and the soundtrack…

Book Review: The Birth Of Venus

The Birth Of Venus is Sarah Dunant’s first historical novel (not her debut though, as I had wrongly gathered from my pre-reading research on the book). It is set again during the Renaissance, for which Dunant seems to have developed a certain panache, and tells the story of Alessandra – a young Florentine woman and…

Book Review: Blood and Beauty: The Borgias

Apparently the Borgias have become one of my reading obsessions and I cannot be more happy about it. It is a rare and lovely thing for a reader to become so invested in a historic period, or a figure or a city. This way you are guaranteed to have an unknown number of enjoyable books…

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.

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…