The Guest Cat – Takashi Hiraide (2014)

The Guest Cat is another book I fondled in a bookshop not long ago. I didn’t buy it at the time, but the premise intrigued me and I discovered we actually own a copy when I went looking for another short read from those on our poor overburdened shelves. We’re introduced to a mild-mannered husband and […]

Grief is the Thing with Feathers – Max Porter (2015)

I picked up this book yesterday and so begins the first of hopefully several bookish reviews on this blog. I haven’t read a thing for ages and I have a growing stack of books Lizzie wants me to read, but when I saw this book it just called out to me. I demolished it in […]

#SackNasty — rarasaur

  Sack Nasty is a compilation of poetry about prison. Unlike this blog, the stories told here don’t always fall sunny-side up. They are an outpouring of the uglier edges of prison life. They are about the illusion of dignity, the malleability of justice, and the fluidity (and fluids) of the human condition. These are […]

Pride & Joy: A Wizard of Earthsea

It won’t have escaped your notice that i’m trying to breathe new life into my blog these days. I’m midway through a big clear out and reshuffle; fixing up the old teenage angst and – dare I say it – consigning the drivel to the trash. I’m trying to ensure my posts head in a clearer direction rather than […]

Eyes Peeled

The latest addition to my teeny tiny comic collection is Eyes Peeled by Grace Wilson. EP is a 2013-2014 series of observational comics and drawings which span two continents and three cities – Edinburgh, London and Stockholm – with a couple of other exotic excursions in between. To say that this is a comic overflowing […]

Pandora’s Star – Peter F Hamilton

I’ve just finished reading Peter F. Hamilton’s ‘Pandora’s Star’. It was really good. Definately my kind of thing – sci-fi -and very detailed. The writer takes three quarters of the book just building up the characters and the politcal situation before getting to the event described in the blurb – the star system mysteriously imprisoned […]

The Earthsea Series

I’ve just finished reading Tehanu by Ursula Le Guin. It’s the fourth book in the Earthsea series. The first book, A Wizard of Earthsea, has to be one of my all-time favourite books. I love the characters, the magic, the endless descriptions of this fictional world Earthsea, and all the songs and stories and deeds […]