Fear is the mind killer…

It was the summer of 2002, just before I was to go on a very important trip. I was working in an art gallery – selling paintings, decorating fancy masquerade masks… I just finished reading some book, I don’t remember which one, and I decided to go to the local library and see if something…

Of gods and machines

I was very lazy in writing my review of American Gods which I read with my reading buddy, but I was inspired when I finished reading The River God. Let’s start with Gaiman. This was the second time I read this book. The first time I also read it with my buddy, and we wanted…

Private dick par excellence

I’ve made a discovery! I’ve found him! He is sarcastic, ironic, doesn’t give a damn, he is loyal, he doesn’t want to be a hero and he isn’t, he has principles, and he sometimes even sticks to them! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it is this guy: Philip Marlowe. Just listen…

Grigorij vs Antari

This past month I finished two books with characters that have special abilities: Six of Crows and A Darker Shade of Magic. And even though both books have characters that can control the elements, the books could not be more different. While I was reading Six I was constantly on the edge, and I don’t…

Terry’s World

I remember the day Terry Pratchett died – I had just finished teaching at school and I read the news. I got on the bus, went to the Old Town and bought two of his books. Since the day was an amazingly sunny and warm one (not unusual for March in Dubrovnik), I took the…

Better late than never

Another review is on the way – and this time, it’s about a book that made me angry (for a change). I finished reading The Blade Itself by Joe Abercombie, the first book in the First Law trilogy. A couple of my friends read the book and, encouraged by their positive opinion of the book,…

A case of absolutely nothing

My reading buddy and I read a book this month – Arturo Pérez Reverte’s The Flanders Panel. And boy did it make me angry. You can read her comments on this here. Some time ago I read The Club Dumas by Pérez-Reverte and I LOVED IT! I read it twice, and the first time I…

Double Whammy

Another book review (rant) and this one too is filled with spoilers. This time I’m taking on The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena. I gave it 2 stars on Goodreads because despite everything I finished it, but that is where the good things about this book end. There are two ways in which this…

The case of the random burglary

A couple of days ago I finished The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware and in the end I sort of liked it. But it didn’t start that way. (Spoiler alert) At first this book felt like a wrong choice for me. I chose it as my “2016” book for the Read-one-book-from-each-year-I’ve-been-alive project and…

Teleology again

Two years ago I posted about Hollywood’s need to film re-boots / AU versions of old movies and I asked this question “Isn’t anyone in the damned Hollywood (and other filming Meccas) reading any new books? Isn’t anyone writing any good original scripts?” Well, it seems that the people in charge have heard me this…

So, what else is new

After a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG while I’m writing again! Woohooo I can’t believe it myself. The reason for starting to write is the shitty year we’ve been having. So, whenever I’m going through a rough time, I write. I personally am not going through a rough time, on the contrary, I’m having one of the best years…

Were* the hell is chocolate? (* pun intended)

Ok it took me two afternoons to finish Blood and Chocolate. And it was awful. I know I should have ditched the book after the first couple of pages but there were two reasons why I continued: I am soooooo behind on my reading challenge that I can’t afford to give up on books and…