My stage plays back in high school always started with the question, “What if?” I think the whole genre of speculative fiction started with this question. One of my lingering hypotheticals is What if all modern creature comforts were taken away from the world and I had to survive by hunting for my own food, building a fire to keep warm, defending myself against zombies? Ok, maybe edit that last one to predators. The book, Alter, by Jeremy Robinson asked the same question (minus the zombies) and I’m glad I decided to listen to its answer.Continue reading
There are some truths that can be captured more beautifully using symbolism. The plight of the immigrant was captured so brilliantly by Helene Wecker in The Golem and the Jinni. Using the magical creatures to represent two very different immigrants was part of the genius behind this tale.Continue reading
My husband and I went to an exhibit of Michelangelo’s paintings in the Sistine Chapel yesterday at the Christ Cathedral. His mastery of the human form was obvious in every brush stroke, but Michelangelo always identified himself as a sculptor not a painter. Kalian Gaines in Philip C. Quaintrell’s Intrinsic (The Terran Cycle Book 1) was a history professor and always thought of himself as human. Two very different characters, but if Michelangelo never took that paintbrush or if Kalian Gaines never tried to harness his powers – we would never know what one man can do to make a difference.Continue reading
The reformed bad boy has always been my favorite protagonist – in fiction, as well as real life. There is something about a wicked man who is seeking redemption or a ruthless lord hiding a noble heart that keeps me engaged. Where does the attraction come from?Continue reading
I have friends who have a Did Not Finish shelf in their Goodreads account. I personally just delete books I did not finish from my account. As an aspiring author, I know how much work goes into writing a book. And I avoid giving up on books as much as I can, but I do have some deal breakers. I’ve listed these down for you.Continue reading
Amazon has just released Good Omens, a novel written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, that it has adapted for television. It is a tale about a forbidden friendship between an angel and a demon who has enjoyed living on earth for centuries. Michael Sheen and David Tennant were absolutely perfect for the roles of Aziraphale and Crowley.Continue reading
Human free will is the root of all evil. Our propensity to make incredibly bad choices have wrought war and destruction on our world. And we are very fond of blaming the gods we pray to for the result of these choices. I have never read a book that explores this theme so extensively as The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang.Continue reading
My mom always made sure we had books to read. It was how she first brought the world home to us. You could say she forced us to love books. She’s the best tiger mom in the world!
My husband loves Stitch and books. He spoils me by letting me collect these beautiful figurines by Jim Shore.
I thought this was the perfect image to celebrate two of my favorite people in the world.
Happy mother’s day, mom! Advance happy birthday, my love!
I fell in love with sonnets back in high school. Inspired by the works of Shakespeare and Wordsworth, I wrote my diary in this format. Poetry has not been part of my reading list for a long time since I write prose exclusively now. A friend’s shelf guided me to Pablo Neruda’s Love Sonnets and the poet’s beautiful words made my heart sing. These sonnets will definitely improve my writing.Continue reading