Piranesi’s particular gift is the haunting quiet it instils in your mind...
2020 has been a weird year. I suppose that’s an understatement for a lot of people...
Tis the season to be jolly... as they say. Ordinarily, I'm not the biggest subscriber to the Christmas consumerism culture, a luxury I'm afforded by correct condom usage and a subsequent lack of children. This year's a little different though (I mean - obviously) and I think everyone needs to get out there and give everyone else a bit of win.
So, the question faced, as I try to write a review of Infinite Jest is:- how do you write a review of Infinite Jest, without writing a book about Infinite Jest?
So, this is fun read. Simple as...
Yes - in case you're wondering - I bought this book because it's called 'Death and The Penguin'. Simple as that. No big story. Can't say I'm overly familiar with Ukrainian fiction, or even that the name Andrey Kurkov rang any particular bell with me. I didn't even think, 'Ooh, like Batman.' I just got … Continue reading Death and the Penguin – Andrey Kurkov
If you're a fan of the fantasy genre, or grew up in the times after Harry Potter swept through the imagination of a generation, you've likely heard of Erin Morgenstern's first book, the indisputably wonderful, 'The Night Circus'. While The Starless Sea isn't quite as good as that (a book that I would certainly recommend … Continue reading The Starless Sea
I was browsing bookshops (trying to send a little love back to my favourite shops in Dublin, who've suffered right along with every other realtor under the 2020 Lockdown), and on one of the show tables I caught the name Charlie Kaufman...
Corona has changed the world. That fact can't be ignored, much as we might like to. Even if you're one of those people who doesn’t believe that the virus exists, or perhaps isn't the menace that we're constantly told it is, you have to accept that the world has changed around your beliefs. Those issues … Continue reading 6 Dublin bookshops worth visiting/supporting.
By Lee Cross I was gifted Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood for Christmas; and like all presents from loved ones, I immediately came to cherish the book and very much enjoyed the read (not simply due to the pleasure derived from the book itself, but also from the enjoyment of knowing that someone I hold in … Continue reading Wise Blood – A review (of sorts)
"Tough question coming up, but what are you five favourite books today?" That's how I started my date, fielding a question about my favourite books. It's a tribute to the girl, who I was meeting for the first time, that she used the word, "Today," showing a real readers understanding of the riddle we … Continue reading My 5 Favourite Books – Today
"We always find something...to give us the impression we exist" I've had this little book, on my shelf at home, for as long as I can remember (left by a friend, once upon a when), which calls itself Waiting for Godot. If you were to ask why I've never opened the book, I'm not sure … Continue reading Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett
Hi everyone, if you're reading this, you're likely wondering why you are reading this, and so.... The idea of this site is to promote discussion, for the most part about literature, words, and the worlds, within worlds, that inhabit every bookshelf you've ever seen. To my mind, books are the most important thing in the … Continue reading So… just what is this about?