The legacy of Homer’s Odyssey is pretty staggering. It’s the second oldest work of Western literature in existence (behind its predecessor, The Iliad), having been composed in the 8th century BCE. It was performed orally (all 12000 lines), and was passed down for hundreds of years without ever having been read. It was referenced and built upon in […]Read more "Deep Dive: Exploring The Odyssey in 12 Books (and 1 Poem)"
I’ve been tagged by Laura at Reading in Bed, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m in the throes of a mild blogging funk (no issues to speak of, I just haven’t found the time this month), so what better way to bust through it than with a semi-mindless post that takes […]Read more "Book Tag / My TBR Pile"
The final of five 2015 Giller shortlist reviews, Fifteen Dogs is an examination of the gift/curse that is human consciousness. At times philosophical, at other times horrific, Fifteen Dogs is writer Andre Alexis proving that you can, indeed, teach an old form new tricks. “What is the good of so much thinking?” This question–asked by Atticus, […]Read more "Week 12: Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis"
Daydreams of Angels is the fourth of five Giller-nominated books I’m reviewing before the winner is crowned on November 10th. Heather O’Neill’s distinctive style and voice fill these charming, sometimes dark, always beguiling stories. But is this short story collection good enough to take home Canada’s top prize? A few weeks ago I wrote, perhaps a little […]Read more "Week 11: Daydreams of Angels by Heather O’Neill"
Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic may be the most atypical book I’ve ever blogged about, and that includes my read-along of Dragon Bound, a book about a woman getting brutally fucked by a dragon. (It’s a romance novel, so, naturally, she loved it.) I don’t usually have time for self-help books or the kind of platitude-spouting quasi-spiritualism that Gilbert’s become famous […]Read more "Week 10: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (Audiobook)"
If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. My mother never actually told me that, but for the purposes of this blog let’s lie and say she did. I’m not going to say one word in regards to the quality of Martin John or whether or not I think it should […]Read more "Week 10: Martin John by Anakana Schofield"