Tag: philosophy

The Gift Maker: Book Review

I started this one as well as Hekla’s Children in a conscious effort to read more books published by independent presses. I chose Urbane Press this month as The Gift Maker caught my eye. And I’m so glad it did! It proved to be a disturbing, and yet, beautiful story. It reminded me very much of […]

Smoke: Book Review

I got a lovely hardback copy of Smoke by Dan Vyleta  for my birthday 🙂 Something a little different too: YA Fantasy, but set in an alternate Edwardian England. It details a world where sin shows up as soot on skin. I hear you, the old adage: “there’s no smoke, without fire”, except in this […]

Journey by Moonlight by Antal Szerb: Book Review

Firstly, this is the kind of book I wish I’d read when I was younger. When Mihaly talks about the pains of growing up: his awkwardness, his disassociation with his family and his joyous discovery of a different dynamic in his friends Tamas and Eva, I thought it was such an insightful take on adolescence. […]

Iza’s Ballad: Book Review

A beautiful and moving read about family and loss. There is a sense of fragility throughout this book, brought about mostly by the exploration of the characters by telling the same tale from each of their viewpoints. It’s a book that shows how easy it is to misunderstand the actions and motivations of others, and most […]

The Battle of Land and Sea

I have found myself a little obsessed with the sea over the last year (since taking up diving – I know, you couldn’t tell, right!) and I’m sure that’s part of why I enjoyed Conrad so much recently. Reflecting on this I was reminded that I used to have quite a different fantasy a few years […]

The Sober Scent of Paper

For some time I have been hiding out in my writer’s world: built of paperbacks and notepads, (of course, the computer features in it too, but directed inwards, not at the outside world – that’s the important part). The short days of winter and writerly tasks of reflection, writing and redrafting make this easy. A few […]

The Happiness of Pursuit…

I watched the film ‘Hector and the Search for Happiness’ last week. I liked it much more than I expected. If you haven’t seen it, watch it. And…here’s a summary: – It tells the story of Hector stagnating in his profession, psychiatry, as well as in his relationship with his girlfriend, Clara. He feels comfortable, safe and secure, but begins […]