Review on an airplane: On reading (and loving) The Reactive by Masande Ntshanga

Book Review: The Reactive by Masande Ntshanga Device: Kobo Location: Flight KE 697 aboard Korean Air and KE 698 return. Rating: Saving grace   It’s taken me longer now to write about The Reactive by Masande Ntshanga than the six and a half hours it took me to devour it. How to write about this […]

My creative writing journey: I wrote a book and started another blog

I’ve been neglecting my blog a bit lately. I’ve finished six books in the last two months that I still need to review: The Reactive by Masande Ntshanga (loved it, finished it in six hours!), We Are Not Such Things by Justine van der Leun (strained my eyes trying to stay awake to read just […]

These women’s bodies

In response to the 2017 Rio Olympics It seems that everywhere I turn People are talking about women’s bodies I know it’s not a new phenomenon Or even one that makes headlines I just thought we were more evolved than this, you know? And it’s not just men scrutinising women But men and women, poking […]

Reflections on my goodreads challenge: So far, not so good (but I’ll keep on trying)

At the beginning of the year I made a foolhardy decision: I publicly pledged to read 100 books this year. Mathematics has never been my best subject, and once my husband pointed out that I’d have to read at least two books a week I promptly changed it to 50 books. One book a week, […]

Book review: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

  Book Review: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, translated by Philip Gabriel Device: Paperback Location: On the bus and subway downtown; it was also present when I lost my wallet (if not the cause) Rating: Mind-bending   My only regret is that it’s taken me this long to read anything by Haruki Murakami. […]

Love letter to a dive bar – The Alibi Club by Jaco van Schalkwyk

  Book Review: The Alibi Club by Jaco van Schalkwyk Device: Hardcover Location: One Saturday, in my bed in Daegu, South Korea Rating: Google an appropriate synonym for mindfuckingly beautiful   In 1998, a young South African makes his way to New York in pursuit of what Toast Coetzer calls “the Afrikaans American Dream”. Nearly […]

Magical realism meets historical fiction: Baudolino by Umberto Eco

  Book Review: Baudolino by Umberto Eco Device: Paperback Location: On the KTX from Daegu to Seoul and back (twice); Bus 405 to the gynaecologist’s office Rating: Transcendental   When I was a student at Rhodes University I was often daunted by the idea of reading Umberto Eco. The great Italian writer, who died this […]