Alienating Readers

So I’ve finished another book that ended up annoying me. It looks like I’m on a roll – I keep choosing books that sound really interesting, I start them, and they’re ok, but then they end up being too complicated, too silly, too unnecessarily gruesome… Well, Carr’s Alienist started off amazing, the plot was interesting,…

I Always had a Thing for Guys Called Takeshi

Author’s Note: as always there are spoilers ahead (but no too many) Yesterday was a really productive day for me… I bingewatched Altered Carbon, and I don’t regret a single minute. The plot is interesting, several of the characters are amazing, and the whole universe is so intriguing. What I loved about the show was…

Lacus Oblivionis

There are two types of books that I love to write about: 1) the books that I loved reading (re-reading) – those are the ones that fill me with joy and I want to spread that joy with other people and then there’s 2) books that make me so mad that I have to finish…

Apes, éminence grise and soul gazing

If you were to ask me what is the one thing in the world I couldn’t live without I would say books. I love books. They are my friends, my companions, my addiction. I love the way they look with all their different sizes and print types and with their covers and illustrations. I love…

conversation, courage, and cummings

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” e. e. cummings These past couple of days have been strange for me. I’ve had a couple of conversations on the topic of creating something and proudly standing by that creation. And last night I had a conversation with a friend and we…

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…