Book Review – Joyland by Stephen King

Stephen King may be known as the Master of the Macabre, but many people forget that he can be equally skilled when it comes to drama and crime fiction: I’m talking The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption (from his Four Seasons series). There have been a couple of hits and misses, like the lacklustre…

Book Review – The Lost World by Michael Crichton

Recently I reorganised my bookshelf (it took five hours wtf) and set aside some stuff I knew I wouldn’t be reading to be donated. These are mostly books I got from events, like How to Plan A Wedding, Tropical Spa Scrubs, etc. But when it came down to really giving away my fiction/non-fiction collection, I…

Book Review – Q&A by Vikas Swarup

It’s okay if you haven’t heard of Q&A by Vikas Swarup. I certainly hadn’t before. But I’m sure you’ll know the movie adaptation of this book: it won 8 out of the 10 Academy Awards it was nominated for, and was a critically acclaimed success, raking in over 300mil against a budget of 15mil. I’m…

Book Review: The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory

My first Philippa Gregory book was The Other Boleyn Girl. The acclaimed novel, which revolved around the life of one of England’s most infamous queen consorts –  Anne Boleyn – was jam-packed with tales of intrigue; of power hungry men (and women) who’d stop at nothing for influence and the throne, and of dangerous political…

Book Review – Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein

What are the odds that you’d find an American-Jew, working as a crime reporter on the police beat, in one of the biggest newspapers in Japan? Second to none, maybe, but this is what Jake Adelstein did for 12 years. And boy, does he have a story to tell in his memoir, Tokyo Vice. Many…

Book Review: Burned Alive by Souad

As a woman, it’s hard not to be affected after reading Burned Alive.  Told as a memoir, it chronicles the life of Souad, a victim of an attempted honor killing. As a young girl growing up in 1950s Palestine, where the rule of men was law and the women were sometimes treated worse then animals,…

Book Review – Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani

I’ve always been a horror/fantasy novel fan, but since hitting my 20s, I’ve taken to reading historical fiction. I like history, but the way it’s presented is often bland, boring, blah. This is where novels like Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani, come in. Set in 16th century Iran under the rule of Tahmasb Shah,…