Not a Review of Rose Macaulay’s What Not: A Prophetic Comedy

I can see why this is enjoying a bit of a modern resurgence, given its obvious influence on Brave New World (a book I adore), and its prescient caution against eugenics decades before the Holocaust. It is no doubt an important piece of literature, and one that was very wittily written but unfortunately, it failedContinue reading “Not a Review of Rose Macaulay’s What Not: A Prophetic Comedy”

A Slice of Life with a Side of Magic: A Review of Jo Walton’s Among Others

It doesn’t matter. I have books, new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books. Imagine a young adult fantasy epic in which a pair of Welsh twins fulfilled their destiny, rallied fairies, and fought a magical battle against their evil witch mother to save the world. Among Others is notContinue reading “A Slice of Life with a Side of Magic: A Review of Jo Walton’s Among Others”

A Tale of Two Timelines: A Review of Jo Walton’s My Real Children

This week, I read two novels about parallel lives: the newly published Handmaid’s Tale sequel, The Testaments, and Jo Walton’s 2014 novel, My Real Children. I was surprised to find myself loving the latter more. Many people compared My Real Children to Kate Atkinson’s Life after Life, and Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife, butContinue reading “A Tale of Two Timelines: A Review of Jo Walton’s My Real Children”

Murder, Magic, and Sibling Rivalry: A Review of Sarah Gailley’s Magic for Liars

Even after everything—even with everything that was still between us, that would probably always be between us—she was my sister. I was born reaching for her. It’s one of the more highly anticipated fantasy offerings of 2019, so naturally, I had my eyeballs all over it as soon as it came out. There had beenContinue reading “Murder, Magic, and Sibling Rivalry: A Review of Sarah Gailley’s Magic for Liars”

The Slave Woman’s Tale: A Review of Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls

I bought Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls when I was holidaying in Bangkok last month. After reading Madeline Miller’s Circe, I was told by many that Silence is a natural next read for me, and I can see why. Circe is a feminist retelling of The Odyssey from the point of view ofContinue reading “The Slave Woman’s Tale: A Review of Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls”

Death of the Author of the World: A Review of G. Willow Wilson’s The Bird King

“There is so a real poem,” said Fatima, annoyed. “The real Conference of the Birds was written by someone, by a real person. He had certain intentions. I want to know what they are. He wrote the poem for a reason, and the reason matters.” “Does it?” Vikram stretched his toes, revealing a row ofContinue reading “Death of the Author of the World: A Review of G. Willow Wilson’s The Bird King”

A Magical School Like No Other: A Review of Kuroyanagi Tetsuko’s Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window

Having eyes, but not seeing beauty; having ears, but not hearing music; having minds, but not perceiving truth; having hearts that are never moved and therefore never set on fire. These are the things to fear, said the headmaster. When I was in school in my tweens, I discovered this series of three books byContinue reading “A Magical School Like No Other: A Review of Kuroyanagi Tetsuko’s Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window”

May 13 for Young Adults: A Review of Hanna Alkaf’s The Weight of Our Sky

I am a little ashamed to say that Hanna Alkaf’s The Weight of Our Sky is the first and only novel written by a Malaysian author I have ever read, even though I am Malaysian. It is probably because my personal poison is fantasy and sci-fi, and there are simply not a lot of SFFContinue reading “May 13 for Young Adults: A Review of Hanna Alkaf’s The Weight of Our Sky”

The Secret History of Hercule Poirot: A TV Review of The ABC Murders

I just watch the 3-part miniseries adapting one of my favourite Poirot novels: The ABC Murders. It stars the unlikely John Malkovich as Hercule Poirot—a casting stunt comparable to having Heath Ledger play the Joker in The Dark Knight. There are usually changes one makes when a book is adapted for the screen, and screenwritersContinue reading “The Secret History of Hercule Poirot: A TV Review of The ABC Murders”

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