The serpent and the goddess

Women, therefore, had no input into a theology that gave so much importance to the male seed, and that led to a situation where masturbation or oral sex, performed between two consenting couples, was more serious than rape; rape at least preserved” the natural relationship between the sexes, whereas other activities “wasted” the seed altogether. […]

A Wind in Cairo

Tarr presents a historical fantasy set in Egypt in the 12th century about a young man who is turned into a horse for punishment and must undergo harsh lessons in order to be returned to human form. (blurb from Goodreads) I decided to read this book based on the author’s article where she talks about […]

The Library at Mount Char

Part of my RIP reading Carolyn is a librarian. Or at least that is word her Father uses. That is the term she uses for herself. But what she does is not what you might think when you hear the word librarian. Most librarians, after all, don’t murder people as part of their work. Maybe […]

Gone Girl [based on the book]

On the day of her fifth wedding anniversary Amy Dunne disappears. Her husband Nick gets home, a neighbour has spotted their cat wandering outside, to find the door open, the coffee table smashed, and no sign of his wife. We already know that their marriage is not a good one, he has been moaning to […]

To kill a mockingbird [based on the book]

In a small town in Alabama in the 1930’s Atticus Finch is working hard to raise his two children; his son Jem and his daughter Scout. He works as a lawyer and has recently been asked to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. At first this case doesn’t have […]

A Wrinkle in the skin

AKA The Ragged Edge. Read for the 2014 Sci-Fi Experience In the 1960s a wave of earthquakes brings destruction around the globe. Isolated off the British coast Matthew Cotter thinks that they will be okay, Britain is far from any earthquake zone, pity the poor devils on a fault, but that’s all happening far away. […]

Disgrace

David Lurie lives a very contained and well-run life. He is a professor in Cape Town, mostly he lectures in communication but he is also allowed to give one course on his chosen topic as well, Romantic poetry. He lives within his means, and emotionally he looks after himself. For sex he visits a prostitute […]

The girl with thedragon tattoo

The girl with the dragon tattoo [adaptation]

I haven’t read any of the book in the Millenium series, nor have I seen the Swedish version of this film. So I can’t comment on how well or not this adapts the source material. I will say that it is a good film. It isn’t a film that I would say that I particularly […]

Nicholas Dane

This is the sort of book I don’t usually read. You know the ones, from the “sad story” section of the bookshop. The misery-books as I call them. But a few years ago I’d heard of Melvin Burgess as an author to look out for. I’ve read his Lady : My life as a Bitch and to be honest I wasn’t all that impressed, but I’ll always give an author a second go. So I tried this one.

In the 1980’s Nick Dane is growing up as an average, if bright kid. He comes from a single parent family, and his mother has a secret. She never got off the drugs, not completely. And in the course of having a “taste” she accidentally overdoses and Nick is left all alone in the world. Soon he finds himself carted off to a “home” for boys, and soon learns that the violence and random beatings are not the worse this place has to offer.

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Tender Morsels

ISBN: 9780385613231

Liga’s father fiddled with the fire, fiddled and fiddled. Then he stood up, very suddenly.

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while. It’s been stirring up quite a bit of controversy, what with its storyline involving rape, abortion, and incest, although none of that is the reason why I wanted to read it. I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve read by Lanagan up til now so I knew I’d get around to this one sooner or later. And I’m glad I did, as I did enjoy this one too. Not all of it, but it isn’t all meant to be enjoyed.

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The Wars

ISBN: 0140050116
See also: The Stay at Home Bookworm ; Wikipedia

Prologue
She was standing in the middle of the railroad tracks. Her head was bowed and her right front hoof was raised as if she rested.

The Wars tells the story of Robert Ross, an officer in the Canadian army during WWI, a young man full of guilt over the death of his sister. This sister, Rowena, suffered from hydrocephalus, and Robert had promised to never leave her. But, when she is being watched by their younger brother Stuart, she falls, hits her head and dies. In the aftermath, Robert enlists.

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