Rishika Aggarwal: on poetry and being a self-published poet

I think we’re beginning to remember that the first poets didn’t come out of a classroom, that poetry began when somebody walked off of a savannah or out of a cave and looked up at the sky with wonder and said, “Ahhh.” That was the first poem. –Lucille Clifton I stumbled into poetry by accident. […]

Howling at the Moon by Darshana Suresh

I’ve been following Darshana on Tumblr for a while now, and I’ve been waiting to read Howling at the Moon since it was first published, and I have to say it did not disappoint in the least. Darshana Suresh’s poetry collection is exquisitely painful – but it’s the beautiful kind of painful, the kind that […]

Fatal Affair by Marie Force

*claps hands* So, romance novels are a guilty pleasure of mine – they’re the perfect way to cleanse your palate after finishing a book(s) that require my complete mental involvement – and Fatal Affair is a fun, quick, and enjoyable read, with an entertaining political and suspense twist that it makes it perfect for just […]

Hell Island by Matthew Reilly

Hell Island is a novella that fits in between Scarecrow and Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves (alternatively titled, Scarecrow Returns) in Matthew Reilly’s Scarecrow series, filling in the reader on the details of Shane Schofield’s first mission after the events in Scarecrow. At 115 pages, the novella is small, but like most of Reilly’s […]

The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly

Literally. The plot of The Great Zoo of China is pretty simple – China has secretly raised 200-odd dragons over the course of 3-4 decades, while also building a zoo to rival all zoos, in which the dragons will be displayed. In order to introduce the zoo to the world, they invite the Western media, […]

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

Welcome to the surrealist’s paradise! Haruki Murakami’s The Strange Library is a quick read – clocking in at about 100 pages, half of which are artwork, even the slowest of readers shouldn’t take more than an hour to get through all of it. At the same time, however, the book is classically Murakami and a […]

The Martian by Andy Weir

You’ve probably seen the critically acclaimed movie now (if you haven’t, I’d recommend it as much as the book), but even if you have, that’s still no reason for you to miss out on this utter pleasure. The Martian is interesting even if you know nothing about the storyline – Andy Weir initially wrote it […]

Mouthful of Forevers by Clementine von Radics

“You are so much stronger than the world has ever believed you to be.” This is how the end of one of the most evocative poems of Clementine von Radics’ poetry collection, Mouthful of Forevers, begins. Advice to Teenage Girls with Wild Ambitions and Trembling Hearts is a feminist anthem for those addressed in the […]