With magic a lost art in England, two men, Mr Norrell (Eddie Marsan) and his student Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel) look to bring it back to the popularity it had in the past. When Strange’s powers seemingly surpass Norrell’s the two begin to feud about how magic should be used in England, Norrell wanting toContinue reading “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke”
I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. Maya Angelou I only heard about this book when I watched the Netflix series with the same name. That was heartbreaking to say the least and when I saw it was based on a real story, a real person whoContinue reading “Maid * Stephanie Land”
If you’re here, it might be because you’ve seen the new Foundation series and you’re thinking maybe the book is worth it. Maybe it is for you but for me it proved to be too much of a monologue on the direction of humanity than an actual story with a beginning, middle and end. FirstContinue reading “Foundation * Isaac Asimov Book Review”
From the charity bin and into my home, this classic from 1980 follows the life of a wannabe woman lawyer – Jennifer Parker – as she ascends to fame and glory and also notoriety in New York. She loves and is loved by two men – both married, both on different sides of the law.Continue reading “Sydney Sheldon * Rage of Angels”
I’ve finally finished this monster of a trilogy. Yes, I know there are more books but I think I’ll stop here with Frank Herbert and go back to Asimov. There was a seven-year gap between the publication of ‘Dune Messiah’ (1969) and ‘Children of Dune’ (1976), which is notable for being the first hardcover bestsellerContinue reading “Children of Dune * (Book 3) by Frank Herbert”
Having recently finished Dune by Frank Herbert, I decided to jump right in and read the second book in the series, following the immediate outcome from Paul of the House Atreides marrying princess Irulan alongside his concubine Chani. He’s now the new emperor and under his command are the Fremen and a lot of conspiring housesContinue reading “Dune Messiah * (Book 2) Frank Herbert”
What difference could they make to me, the deaths of others, or a mother’s love, or his God; or the way a man decides to live, the fate he thinks he chooses, since one and the same fate was bound to “choose” not only me but thousands of millions of privileged people who, like him, called themselves my brothers.
A while back, I attempted to read Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies (Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty Book Review) and I wasn’t a big fan. I thought that maybe I wasn’t quite part of the target audience, maybe there was a saturation of mom-books on the market but I just couldn’t get myself to finishContinue reading “Big Little Lies (TV)”
The novels in the World’s Scariest Places series are set in real locations. The following is a Wikipedia “Island of the Dolls” excerpt: A two-hour canal ride from Mexico City lies Isla de las Munecas, or the Island of the Dolls. It is the best-known chinampa , or floating garden, in Xochimilco. It belonged toContinue reading “World’s Scariest Places: ISLAND OF THE DOLLS – Bates, Jeremy”
Kevin’s mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly dangerous things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.