Book Reviews

The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O’Melveny * Review

This book was not great but it was not bad either. So a solid 3.22 out of 5. The premise was wonderful, everything was ticking my biblio boxes - the gorgeous cover, the Renaissance setting, a strong female character in a man's world, comparisons with Sarah Dunant and Tracy Chevalier - so where did it all… Continue reading The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O’Melveny * Review

Book Reviews

William Trevor* The story of Lucy Gault

Shortlisted for the 2002 Man Booker Prize I've picked it up from my bookshelf but I never thought I would find so little to love in this story. Everything was truly predictable, the characters lacked vitality and the only high-point in the entire book was the possibility of a romance. And even that one dwindled… Continue reading William Trevor* The story of Lucy Gault

Art, Fanfiction

Marvel at one of the world’s most dynamic modern art spaces, Tate Modern, and its new extension

Tate Modern is an amazing story of redemption and reinvention. It resides Picasso to Anish Kapoor and Tacita Dean – you name ’em, they’ve got ’em. You could happily spend a day exploring them all, and also find time for the latest barnstorming exhibition. The biggest, most audacious, installations are in the vast Turbine Hall… Continue reading Marvel at one of the world’s most dynamic modern art spaces, Tate Modern, and its new extension

Places

Visiting London * Explore the Coca-Cola London Eye

The London Eye has become a much-loved part of the landscape in a relatively short amount of time. The Eye (whose named sponsor changes every couple of years and currently is Coca Cola) also does the same trick as the Eiffel Tower does for Paris, to let people climb above the city and look back… Continue reading Visiting London * Explore the Coca-Cola London Eye

Places

Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and other bugs

A vector is a living organism that carries and can transmit an infectious agent, or pathogen, from one host organism, such as a human or animal, to another. Vector-borne diseases represent 17% of all infectious diseases, are responsible for more than one million deaths each year, and current estimates indicate that at least half of… Continue reading Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and other bugs

Book Reviews

Margaret Atwood – Bodily Harm

A powerfully and brilliantly crafted novel, Bodily Harm is the story of Rennie Wilford, a young journalist whose life has begun to shatter around the edges. Rennie flies to the Caribbean to recuperate, and on the tiny island of St. Antoine she is confronted by a world where her rules for survival no longer apply.… Continue reading Margaret Atwood – Bodily Harm

Fanfiction

20th Century Ghosts * Joe Hill

It's been a while. Ever since I read the Full Dark, No Stars stories compilation by Stephen King and the Obsession anthology that I felt chills running down my spine with each story told. I could not handle more than one story a day, read in the dwindling sunlight on my phone (yes, I got… Continue reading 20th Century Ghosts * Joe Hill

Book Reviews

Miss Garnet’s Angel by Sally Vickers

I read Salley Vicker’s sensational debut novel, ‘Miss Garnet’s Angel’ and felt compelled to visit Venice. As the novel is a voyage of discovery, I wanted to walk miss Garnet's steps and see everything that she saw in Venice. It's a novel about Venice but also the rich story of the explosive possibilities of change in… Continue reading Miss Garnet’s Angel by Sally Vickers