- The Book of Dust #1 - Release date: October 19, 2017 • 464 Pages • His Dark Materials author, Philip Pullman, is releasing the primary volume of The Book of Dust trilogy on his 71st birthday! La Belle Sauvage is the first installment and it features 11-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta. Malcolm often navigates the River Thames using … Continue reading Philip Pullman – La Belle Sauvage
I grew up in a country of extreme contrasts, where a minority of educated people tried to lead normal lives amidst the chaos created by functionally illiterate citizens. For decades, my native country has been at the bottom of every book consumption list. For a very long time, I haven't realized the consequences of this … Continue reading Reading Books Makes the World A Better Place
Release date: September 26, 2017 • 224 Pages • Beautiful writing and intriguing similarities to tales we have heard before... A short excerpt of The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic: "In the year that summer stayed too long, the heat lay upon the prairie with the weight of a corpse. The tall … Continue reading Leigh Bardugo – The Language of Thorns
Follow my blog with Bloglovin The kind of literature that most people prefer is that which has at least a pinch of familiarity. This may well be found in the names of characters, cultural aspects, the locations or simply in the writer's thought process. But does one need to be British to enjoy Jane Austen? … Continue reading The Importance of Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone
First published: May 16 2017 • 175 Pages • Gwendy's Button Box is Stephen King's most recent novella, written together with Richard Chizmar, and it is set in the little town of Castle Rock, Maine. Little Gwendy entertains herself in the summer of 1974 by climbing the stairs up to Castle View, ominously called the "Suicide Stairs", which … Continue reading Stephen King & Richard Chizmar – Gwendy’s Button Box
We are all familiar with The Alchemist and One Hundred Years of Solitude, international bestsellers whose titles are repeated as mantras in any discussion about South American literature. But having talked with moderate readers from Europe, I was saddened to see many have never even heard about - let alone read - some of my … Continue reading Is South American Literature Being Overlooked These Days?
One of my favorite evening rituals is spending time with a book in bed. For the last couple of days I have been ravenously reading Stephen King's The Gunslinger, the first book of The Dark Tower series. Through his writing, King has created in my mind a fertile ground for dreams so vivid and filled … Continue reading Does the King Ever Keep You Awake at Night?
Release date: June 1 2017 • 288 Pages • The book was beautifully illustrated by Alan Lee and edited by Christopher Tolkien. It is based on one of the stories contained in The Silmarillion (1977), centered around the mortal man Beren and the immortal Elf-maiden Lúthien. Their story took place about 6500 years before the … Continue reading J.R.R. Tolkien – Beren and Lúthien
As read in the American Gods (2011) novel, now a TV series too: “There's never been a true war that wasn't fought between two sets of people who were certain they were in the right. The really dangerous people believe they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question … Continue reading Neil Gaiman – A Quote on War
Who doesn't enjoy a good story based on real events? I know I do. But more than that, I have learned to appreciate stories inspired by people who have left their mark on history. Such is the case of Julius Popper, a Romanian-born Argentine explorer and slayer of the natives from Tierra del Fuego in … Continue reading The Emperor of Patagonia