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 …

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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 …

Memorable Writing: Far From the Madding Crowd

Not long ago I posted my review of Hardy's masterpiece (and the 2015 movie adaptation), so I will not bore you with repetitions about my opinion and what I liked and what I did not like, yada yada yada. This post is just a collection of excerpts that impressed me with writing style and at times surprised …

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 …

The Life and Writing Lessons of Outlander

We are just days away from the much-anticipated oh-my-god-Jamie-is-back historical April the 4th, when - besides Holy Saturday and Blood Moon - Starz TV show Outlander's return is happening. I can actually hear the screams of the Outlandish fandom, which I have come to know is huge, devoted and very much fun. I joined it quite by chance …