Save the bees from Paull

This bookworm loves a good dystopia and so keenly ordered a copy of The Bees by Laline Paull. Only to be sorely confused and somewhat disappointed. This post follows on from this post where the bookworm discussed misleading claims from publishers.

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Menasse’s message

Robert Menasse’s Die Hauptstadt won the Deutsche Buch Preis 2016 and quite honestly it’s blatantly clear why. Aside from its amusing anecdotal style that spans a plethora of characters in the EU capital of Brussels, the story is a thinly if at all veiled plea to preserve the EU, protect ourselves from nationalism, and not to throw away what the last generation died for. Continue reading “Menasse’s message”

Following my instinct: a bookish sixth sense

This week is tying-up-loose-ends-week. I’m going back to England for Christmas on Friday and there are lots of little errands to be done, and lots of projects to be finished off at work.

One of the more pleasant items on my to-do list was returning books to the library. A simple task in principle, but an irresistible temptation for bookworms. Continue reading “Following my instinct: a bookish sixth sense”

A sort-of review and age-old questions: Poets, Artists, Lovers

How do we define love? What does it mean to love? Is there a right or wrong way?

With Poets, Artists, Lovers: A Novel, Mira Tudor takes us on a journey through a tangled web of romance-ridden lives that starts and ends with Henriette, a talented sculptress and “beautiful redhead”, who finds herself drawn to Pamfil, a pianist/Casanova known for his monthly parties. This all despite her relationship with Haralambie, a writer. Continue reading “A sort-of review and age-old questions: Poets, Artists, Lovers”

If you loved that, you’ll hate this

Do any other bookworms sometimes feel a bit misled by publishers?

Often they make sweeping claims like “If you loved blah blah, you will love this” and then you see this claim rehashed in a thousand reviews on the internet and it’s just not understandable. They want to sell the books of course, and market them under the same umbrella as the genres and authors they know sell well. But is it really necessary? Continue reading “If you loved that, you’ll hate this”