Book Reviews

Harbour * John Ajvide Lindqvist

From John Ajvide Lindqvist comes yet another terrifying novel. "Let me in" told the story of dark nights in Sweeden where two predators were out for blood. One was a paedophile, the other a vampyre. You'll have to read to see who was deadlier. "Handling the undead" was another hit, dealing with the drama of… Continue reading Harbour * John Ajvide Lindqvist

Excerpts

I’m a real, live girl, with real, live blood * Norwegian Wood

"Let me just tell you this, Watanabe," said Midori, pressing her cheek against my neck. "I'm a real, live girl, with real, live blood gushing through my veins. You're holding me in your arms and I'm telling you that I love you. I'm ready to do anything you tell me to do. I may be… Continue reading I’m a real, live girl, with real, live blood * Norwegian Wood

Book Reviews

Ender’s Game – Book Review

The reason the Hunger Games was interesting to me were solely due to the tactics Katniss used to stay alive, Well, guess what? Ender Wiggins just pretty much kick this Katniss chick's butt. Ender almost reminded me of Alexander the Great or Napoleon and I LOVED IT. Ender (Andrew) Wiggins was a breath of fresh… Continue reading Ender’s Game – Book Review

Book Reviews

The Old Man And The Wasteland * Nick Cole

The old man in Cole's novel lives in a postapocalyptic wasteland in the American southwest. Like the other members of his village, he salvages whatever he can find that still has value. He was once a hero, having made great finds, a refrigerator among them, but later he became a symbol of bad luck, cursed… Continue reading The Old Man And The Wasteland * Nick Cole

Book Reviews

Handling the Undead * John Ajvide Lindqvist

There are thousands, if not millions, of writers in the world whose names will never be known and whose novelist careers will never earn them enough to make a living. And then there are the lucky few who receive the critical or market acclaim that elevates them to an entirely different level. John Ajvide Lindqvist… Continue reading Handling the Undead * John Ajvide Lindqvist

Excerpts

Orson Scott Card * Speaker for the Dead Intro Excerpt

How did Speaker for the Dead come to be? As with all my stories, this one began with more than one idea. The concept of a “speaker for the dead” arose from my experiences with death and funerals. I have written of this at greater length elsewhere; suffice it to say that I grew dissatisfied… Continue reading Orson Scott Card * Speaker for the Dead Intro Excerpt

Psychology

About mental illness and the importance of others

[Francis] Braceland believed that the causes of mental illness lay in interpersonal relations: “Men do not get mentally sick 'out of the blue,', so to speak ... their illness or well-being depends on their relations with other men." The role of the psychiatrist was therefore to teach people how to live together, in the broadest… Continue reading About mental illness and the importance of others

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Loneliness is the human condition

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Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. An intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people… Continue reading Loneliness is the human condition

Book Reviews

A stranger north * Northland Chronicles * Henry J Olsen

Short by my standards, the first story of the Northland Chronicles by Henry J.Olsen takes us into the future of Canada again (much like the old-time Hiero's Journey), in the year 2036. If we think about it, it's only 20 years from today. Your toddlers will be in uni when this happens. What is the… Continue reading A stranger north * Northland Chronicles * Henry J Olsen

Dean Koontz

77 Shadow street * Dean Koontz Book Review

I believe the tagline for this book "Are you brave enough to enter?" is pretty appropriate. This is a question you should ask yourself as well as a warning that you might not find it as easy to sleep at night as you did before. That you might enter a nightmare. That you might be… Continue reading 77 Shadow street * Dean Koontz Book Review