Dune 2 – Villeneuve (REvIEW)

March 10, 2024

  I watched Dune 2 at the cinema earlier this week in nearby Yarraville, an old style theatre… …lengthy, hugely anticipated, have read three of the old man Herbet books, and as weird as they shapeshift, and they do become very weird indeed, the writing remains solid, interesting, wild yet absent of any clear drop […]

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The Count of Monte Cristo (Dumas) – REVIEW

September 10, 2022

I know a book is of special value when I reach the 700th page, see behind my right thumb a mere sliver of sheets left to devour and react by slowing down my reading pace to that of a koala so overcome with a particularly potent batch of Eucalyptus that movement of any kind, conscious […]

The colour from out of space

September 5, 2022

Disturbing, erratic, curious. Hardly an avid fan of Lovecraft, but close to all my delvings into his writing have amazed me, for his voice was unique. His prose rich, dark and ever breathing life or seemingly shedding brief light upon the cruel and unknown to modern man vast depths of the universe moving in not […]

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Alexandre Dumas – The Black Tulip

January 7, 2022

When fumbling through the ancient first english editions of many Balzac offerings in my haul recently, I came across this quaint little obscure Dumas novel and wondered when I had bought it, and also why I had not ever heard of it before. Must have been swept up in that hysteria which consumed me after […]

Heroes and Villains – ANgela CarTEr (REVIEW)

March 22, 2019

I had read a few books by Carter. Seen a few videos. And was mildly amused by how she was labelled by so many as a feminist, in regards to the pseudo LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME! feminist routine of the Now. I found marvel in her drawing together of classic […]

Milan Kundera – Immortality

May 5, 2018

A persian friend with moons for eyes mentioned the author’s name to me a while back…knowing I write and read prolifically, and eager to suggest someone I might like and find within his work inspiration. A noble, kind gesture… I didn’t seek out the wordsmith, waited instead for him to come to me. As he […]

Sophocles – The Theban Plays (Book Review)

March 9, 2018

The only previous Greek tragedy I had consumed before this was Medea, which proved far more inspiring and savage and intense than what I had expected. To some, perhaps there was a tragedy, but the carnage was so immense and startling, that there was little time for sympathy when stronger emotions of horror and aghast […]

The Miser and Other Plays – Moliere (Book Review)

December 23, 2017

I have long held a natural aversion to plays, which extends to the poetic outings of Homer and perhaps Dante, without any deep rooted reason to do so other than a suspicion that the focus on form takes the writing too far away from my own natural zeal to express life in words always with […]

Queen MArgot – Dumas (book review)

April 5, 2017

  Given I retain value in Count of Monte Cristo as a timeless classic, I have opted for a score of 3/5 yet had I not read of the wondrous, gruelling panoramic voyage of dear Edmund Dantes, and have no other work of Dumas as a benchmark, the appraisal of Queen Margot would have been […]

The Ring is Closed – Knut Hamsun

January 19, 2017

It is important to consider that Hamsun wrote this book towards the end of a life well lived yet one which was perhaps tended towards apathy, questioning the value of anything, as he felt his grasp of existence seeping away, day by day. Whilst there are clear parallels with running themes of his earlier novels; […]