Harper Lee Review: Is Go Set a Watchmen Worth the Read?

In “Go Set a Watchman” Scout discovers the racial tensions that have shaped her society, her family, and herself. From the moment I finished reading “To Kill a Mocking Bird,” I ached for another Harper Lee title to devour. So when I passed an Exclusive Books store and saw the bright orange covers decorating their […]

Stephen King Book Review: The Shawshank Redemption

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption is a story about hope, friendship, identity, and unwavering determination in the most hopeless of places – a prison.   I’ve watched the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s novella, The Shawshank Redemption, so much that I could probably quote the opening narration verbatim. It’s one of my favourite movies of […]

Why The Fifth Season is My Favorite Book

I’m reading The Broken Earth series with the lovely folks over at the Fantasy Buddy Reads Group on Goodreads.  Beyond Middle Earth and Westeros, I haven’t explored the world of fantasy fiction much. Nevertheless, since I enjoy the genre on both the big and small screens, I took the plunge. And am I ever glad […]

Why I Love this Authentically South African Anthology

Growing up in a multilingual country has it’s advantages. Most South Africans are fluent in at least two languages, so it’s not uncommon for people to code-switch in everyday conversation. And it’s not always because you can’t find the English or Afrikaans word for something. No, we simply fuse different languages into one. In her […]

My First Wild Card Novel

Mississippi Roll was my intro into the Wild Card Universe. In all honesty, I was expecting a pocker-game-gone-wrong-in-the-wild-wild-west kind of novel. Boy was I in for a surprise! Mississippi Roll is not the kind of novel I usually read. I flee from the science fiction side of the fantasy genre and prefer elves, dragons, and […]

Why I Love The Bluest Eye

Today I’m doing a throwback to a book I read last year. My creative writing lecturer recommended this book years ago because of the timeline Morrison uses in The Bluest Eye. I finally read it. And from the first page Morrison’s style, and play with words captivated me. Initial Insights The Bluest Eye was like […]

Alice Returns to Wonderland as an Assassin

Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay is an Alice in Wonderland re-imagining that chronicles Alice’s life after Wonderland. Initial Insights Ramsay’s “sequel” to the classic children’s story starts with Alice in a psychiatric hospital where the White Rabbit enlists her to assassinate the Queen of Hearts. Consequently, Alice returns to Wonderland as an undercover agent in the […]