Gentle Housewife and Badass Warrior: The Heroine’s Choice

A brick wall with a little girl standing between the large capital letters spelling out "FOR WOMEN" behind her.

In an age where female empowerment and gender equality is garnering more attention than it used to, there can be misconceptions on what makes a strong woman. We can easily be fooled into believing that a badass woman is a woman who is strong, skilled at fighting, and needs no man. There is more to… Continue reading Gentle Housewife and Badass Warrior: The Heroine’s Choice

How to Pick A Book to Read: A Guide for the Indecisive Soul

What do you look for when it comes to picking a new book to read? How do you pick which book to read next when there are so many books to read out there in the world? If you have problems deciding on what you should read next, here are some ways to help you… Continue reading How to Pick A Book to Read: A Guide for the Indecisive Soul

Recommendations and Recent Things #6

After a while away, I am back with, most miserably, no scheduled posts on hand. This made me realise that for the first time since goodness knows when, I have something to say for the "Recent Things" part of this post. And it is this: I'm in a horrid reading slump of the likes I've… Continue reading Recommendations and Recent Things #6

Does Imagination Influence Creativity? The Running Power and Importance of Imagination

Imagination is an undoubtedly important force that is widely regarded in the lands of fiction, art, and anything else that would remotely require you to have the smallest ounce of creativity to accomplish. In an extract from The Creation of Art: New Essays in Philosophical Aesthetics (edited by Berys Gaut and Paisley Livingston), there are… Continue reading Does Imagination Influence Creativity? The Running Power and Importance of Imagination

Eccentricity and Confusing Ends in Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently

A cat, a telephone and a plaque are falling seemingly from the sky. The words engraved on the plaque are "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency".

“Don't you understand that we need to be childish in order to understand? Only a child sees things with perfect clarity, because it hasn't developed all those filters which prevent us from seeing things that we don't expect to see.” I loved the series adaptation of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (the 2016 version) and… Continue reading Eccentricity and Confusing Ends in Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently

Of the Charm of Tea Dragons and the Depth of Life and Its People

The Tea Dragon Tapestry cover featuring Greta and Minette, the main characters on centre stage with their tea dragons. The other characters are in the back, accompanied by a backdrop of orange trees.

I had no idea what The Tea Dragon Tapestry was. I also had no idea what a Tea Dragon was. Well, what I did know was that it had something to do with tea and dragons and tapestries, which isn't really helpful when you think about it. So I found out through online searches that… Continue reading Of the Charm of Tea Dragons and the Depth of Life and Its People

A Lot of Sneakiness but Lesser of Surprises in The Thief on the Winged Horse

A blue tree with two black busts on each side of it with the labels Botham and Ramsay below them. On the tree, there is a swatch of black with the words "The Thief on the Winged Horse" on it. It is a part taken from the cover of the book by Kate Mascarenhas.

This book was strange. Not in its content, but in my reaction to it. After finishing this book, I felt a sense of blankness wash over me. I knew it was good, and I acknowledged to a certain extent that I liked it just fine. However, I also knew that I didn't feel any particular… Continue reading A Lot of Sneakiness but Lesser of Surprises in The Thief on the Winged Horse

The Extraordinary Intrigue and Kindness of Nausicaä

Nausicaä from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind on a glider

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is not a Ghibli film, but it is still directed by Hayao Miyazaki. I wasn't all that attracted to Nausicaä. I thought the thumbnail on the DVD set was blurry, blue and above all just really fuzzy (and to be fair it really was). Even so, it doesn't… Continue reading The Extraordinary Intrigue and Kindness of Nausicaä

Comics: Art, Words and Storytelling, All in One

Hanako and Nene from the manga Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun

It's a good deal, really. Comics, graphic novels... all of them are a good combination of art, words, and above all, storytelling. Let me tell you, some time ago, I held a terrible attitude towards comics. Somehow my primary school teachers had beaten it into my mind that comics were only for children and weren't… Continue reading Comics: Art, Words and Storytelling, All in One