The Time Traveling Sex Offender: a Review of Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife

I turn to look at Clare and just for a moment I forget that she is young, and that this is long ago; I see Clare, my wife, superimposed on the face of this young girl, and I don’t know what to say to this Clare who is old and young and different from otherContinue reading “The Time Traveling Sex Offender: a Review of Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife”

Suffragists, but Witches: a Review of Alix E. Harrow’s The Once and Future Witches

“Witching and women’s rights. Suffrage and spells. They’re both…” She gestures in midair again. “They’re both a kind of power, aren’t they? The kind we aren’t allowed to have.” The kind I want, says the hungry shine of her eyes. Once in awhile, one would come across a concept of a book that would makeContinue reading “Suffragists, but Witches: a Review of Alix E. Harrow’s The Once and Future Witches”

Hunting Witches in Alabama in the 60’s: A Film Review of The Witches

Roald Dahl is a foundational author in my life, and the first book of his I read was The Witches. I read it when my young mind was still floating about in that weird wooliness between imagination and reality, so when the book taught me how to spot witches living in secret amongst us, IContinue reading “Hunting Witches in Alabama in the 60’s: A Film Review of The Witches”

Of English Magic, Fairies, and Pineapples: A Review of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

There is nothing else in magic but the wild thought of the bird as it casts itself into the void. There is no creature upon the earth with such potential for magic. Even the least of them may fly straight out of this world and come by chance to the Other Lands. Where does theContinue reading “Of English Magic, Fairies, and Pineapples: A Review of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell”

Once Upon a Time in a Malaysian Coffeehouse: A Review of Zen Cho’s The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water

“… Let the lady be. Heaven will punish her if she is wrong.” “That’s right,” said the waitress, but the customer did not agree. “Lady!” he snorted. “This girl is a useless slut.” “Actually I’m a nun,” said the waitress, pointing at her bald head. “So, literally the opposite of a slut!” Zen Cho’s novella,Continue reading “Once Upon a Time in a Malaysian Coffeehouse: A Review of Zen Cho’s The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water”

Disney Brought Dishonour To Us All: A Film Review of Disney’s Live Action Mulan

Oh boy. Oh brother. Where do I even begin with this… this nonsense? There will be spoilers, and I say that as if I give a shit. Okay, usually I would do a bit of research, reading, and maybe even talk to some friends before I review something but fuck it, I am only goingContinue reading “Disney Brought Dishonour To Us All: A Film Review of Disney’s Live Action Mulan”

Reviews of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

I remember when Bloomsbury launched Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell in 2004, it was accompanied by one of the biggest marketing campaign in publishing history. Neil Gaiman called it “unquestionably the finest English novel of the fantastic in the last 70 years”. There were planned newspaper serialisations and deliveries by horse and carriage, and themedContinue reading “Reviews of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell”

Welcome to the Great Indoors: A Review of Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi

The Beauty of the House is immeasurable; it’s Kindness infinite. Readers to their books, like parents to children, often find it difficult (and suspect it immoral) to pick favourites. It is not a dilemma that vexes me because I am blessed with clarity in this aspect. In the sprawling forest of my literary preferences, oneContinue reading “Welcome to the Great Indoors: A Review of Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi”

Mad Max, Ory Road: A Review of Peng Shepherd’s The Book of M

Have you heard about the Stillmind? The One Who Gathers? They traded food for information, rallied curious crowds to make mass pilgrimages into the strange lands to see if they could find out more. Someone in this apartment had scrawled The One with a Middle but No Beginning in charcoal over where the bed shouldContinue reading “Mad Max, Ory Road: A Review of Peng Shepherd’s The Book of M”

The Haunted Life of a Malaysian Schoolgirl: A Review of Hanna Alkaf’s The Girl and the Ghost

By the time Suraya was five years old, she should have broken various bones in her body at least twelve different times, been poisoned twice, and possibly have actually died on seven separate occasions. While I do absolutely appreciate Hanna Alkaf’s young adult historical fiction on Malaysia’s May 13 Incident, I expressed that it wasContinue reading “The Haunted Life of a Malaysian Schoolgirl: A Review of Hanna Alkaf’s The Girl and the Ghost”

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