• Me at the Daunt Bookstore in London
    General,  Uncategorized

    Dear 2020

    Dear 2020, When I impulsively started writing you a letter in my journal earlier this month, I had no idea what I wanted to achieve or how it was going to look. I thought it might be cathartic at worst, reflective at best. At the very least, I could get to grips with what has been a hot mess of a strange twelve months. More often than not, I have to write something down before I know what it is that I really want to say. Sprinkle in the simultaneous blur and endless trajectory of your existence and I shouldn’t…

  • The Joker art in pastels
    Articles,  Films/Movies/Cinema

    The Dark Knight – twelve years later

    American TV critic James Poniewozik has talked about every generation’s need to “remake its screen superheroes in its own image.” At first glance, it’s indisputable. But when you think about the fact that on July 18, 2020, The Dark Knight completed twelve years, and consider its continued, if not increased, relevance, it begs the question of what makes certain works of art timeless. What is it about them that appeals and conforms to every zeitgeist? To do that, we need to go back in time, to the genesis of the modern-day superhero, before whizzing forward to 2008 when Nolan’s genius…

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    The Great Library (series) by Rachel Caine

    From not knowing it was a five-book series when I picked up the first book at the end of last month to devouring all of them in just a few weeks. I cannot recommend The Great Library series by Rachel Caine enough! Imagine a world where The Great Library of Alexandria has survived. Over the centuries, it has become ruthless and all-powerful, gatekeeping what they deem “harmful”, controlling the knowledge that goes out to the masses (it is illegal for anyone to personally own a book). They rule the world through sister Serapeums in every city. This is a world that, on the…

  • More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn
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    More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn (author interview and blog tour sneak peek)

    Last spring, I received a bunch of upcoming releases from Wednesday Books. The cover of You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn caught my eye even before I picked it up and read the blurb. It had this “feel” of summer and, as I read the description of this YA contemporary about two country musicians, a vibe that just matched. When I did read it, a few months on, it was exactly what I needed – a layered, complicated but ultimately feel-good story with music as a bonus. You can read my review of it here. I was thrilled when I…

  • Bindlestiff by Wayne Holloway
    Articles,  Books,  fiction,  Films/Movies/Cinema,  Literary,  Reviews

    Bindlestiff by Wayne Holloway

    A crumpled boot, a worn-down heel, a sole with a hole where the sun pours through when Frank holds it up for inspection. It is with this rather ordinary image that Wayne Holloway begins Bindlestiff. Frank proceeds to fix the hole with a knife, some rubber, and glue. The only piece of almost throwaway information that clues us in to this being anything but ordinary is the date. 2036. Frank is Marine Corp vet Frank Dubois, a forty-something black man journeying from Los Angeles to Detroit seeking redemption, and 2036 is a derailed, dystopian version of the future of the…

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