How To Remove A Brain – David Haviland

Summary: This is one of those books where you can get a whole load of squeamish and interesting facts and stories, that can be thrown casually into conversation. Plot: The author takes us through a journey over ten chapters, covering areas such as the Wisdom of the Ancients [interesting approach to contraception, for example, and … Continue reading How To Remove A Brain – David Haviland

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Murder By The Book – Claire Harman

This is an account of a murder that happened in 1840, that caused massive uproar at the time, and brought into sharp focus the effects of the “Newgate novels” onto society, an argument that still has parallels in today’s world (e.g. the effect of video games).

Book of Dreams – Nina George

Summary: This book deals with relationships, how life paths can change dramatically (for better or worse) through failure to recognise “sliding door” moments, and making sure you make the most of the one sure life you have. Main Characters: Sam Valentiner: The son, thirteen years old, who is super-smart, and a synaesthete – he can … Continue reading Book of Dreams – Nina George

March 19 Wrap-Up!

March Literary Quote: “March is the month of expectation The things we do not know The Persons of Prognostication Are coming now. We try to sham becoming firmness, But pompous joy Betrays us, as his first betrothal Betrays a boy.” Emily Dickinson, The Single Hound O March. What a month!! I got to travel to beautiful Prague, had some more amazing family milestone dates that we fully celebrated (a night … Continue reading March 19 Wrap-Up!

Author Interview – Wendy Drinkwater

My tenth interview is with chatty and bubbly Wendy Drinkwater, who wrote Hobbs’s Horrific Arts and Gifts, a fun, entertaining take of the horror genre. Wendy looks after her two cats, and her husband, while fitting in a busy work schedule at a non-profit! However, she will ALWAYS find time for a cat-natter! She SAYS … Continue reading Author Interview – Wendy Drinkwater

The WindUp Girl – Paolo Bacigalupi

Summary: Future dystopian novel set in the Kingdom of Thailand, in a world where calories are king, fast travel is mainly by kink-spring propelled vehicles, and factories are powered by genetically-modified elephants/yaks known as megodonts. Main Characters: Anderson Lake: Calorie-man extraordinaire, ostensibly he is in the Kingdom to run a factory. In reality, he is … Continue reading The WindUp Girl – Paolo Bacigalupi