This week marks the anniversary of Raymond Carver's death. It's prompted me to revisit his collected stories. I always find that they resonate with me as strongly on re-reading them despite time and changes in my life. The stories look scathingly at moments of life. Transcending the ordinary and turning it into something unique and… Continue reading Favourite Authors: Raymond Carver
American Gods is an investigation into religion, consumerism and how a society forms and supports ever changing systems of belief. It tackles huge ideas from the perspective of Shadow a coin trick performing ex-con seemingly plucked from obscurity. As the novel progresses he also reveals himself to be caring, sensitive and perceptive, he’s decidedly well-read… Continue reading Review: American Gods – Neil Gaiman
You've got a fantastic idea, you know your characters better than your family, the twists and turns in your plot are guaranteed to have your readers enthralled. You sit down to write your opening line and no matter what you do, your beginning reads like a soggy beige pancake. We've all been there, luckily there… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: Great Opening Paragraphs
So. Wuthering Heights. I've really been trying to embrace some classic fiction in an attempt to broaden my literary horizons. Rather than, you know, reading books I know I'll enjoy. I took on this novel thinking that I'd hate it but I actually I quite liked it, even if it has increased my urge to… Continue reading Review: Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
When you're 50 pages in and hating every syllable what's a bibliophile to do? Do you keep reading, hoping that some new wisdom will penetrate your cranium? Or do you quit and accept that it's just not meant to be? I like to think I'm not a quitter. I try to give authors and their… Continue reading Opinion: Quit or power through? The bad book dilemma.
Having picked up three books in three days without having my imagination captured I was beginning to embrace the reading slump and come to terms with the notion I may never read and enjoy a book again. In a state of quiet disillusionment I started reading A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf. People… Continue reading Review: A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf
We're at a critical point in time. It's becoming increasingly clear that as women we will have to fight for freedom, equality and our autonomy. That's why Margaret Atwood's gripping story of female subdigation and societal exclusion is having a definitive resurgence. The story is about a woman named Offred. When a new regime comes… Continue reading Review: The Handmaiden’s Tale – Margaret Atwood