The Eternal Pursuit for Happiness in Lev Grossman’s The Magicians

/**This post may contain spoilers for The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman **/ The Magicians is a trilogy by Lev Grossman that I have reread many times. It is this trilogy that I have written reviews for all three books. It is this trilogy that has been included in a “stories within stories” list made… Continue reading The Eternal Pursuit for Happiness in Lev Grossman’s The Magicians

Journey by Luke Miller: A Quest Through Worlds, Creation, and Possibilities

An illustration from Luke Miller's Journey

The idea behind Journey is interesting. It is not an unheard of concept. The end product is essentially a writing workbook with a "choose your own adventure" vibe infused in it. Readers are given the chance to go on a journey in any world they choose, whether it be preexisting fictional worlds or self-created worlds.… Continue reading Journey by Luke Miller: A Quest Through Worlds, Creation, and Possibilities

Last Chance to See: the Aye-Ayes, Kakapos, and Other Marvellous Animals

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We are not an endangered species ourselves yet, but this is not for lack of trying. Last Chance to See is a book by Douglas Adams, author of the comedic science fiction volume The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in which dolphins sing. It is co-authored by Mark Carwardine, a zoologist and photographer who has… Continue reading Last Chance to See: the Aye-Ayes, Kakapos, and Other Marvellous Animals

Fairies, Curses, Witch Hunters, and 13 Treasures

Covers of Ruth Warburton's Witch Finder series above covers of Michelle Harrison's 13 Treasures series framed by plants

After revisiting some old reads that I enjoyed back in the day, I have returned with my opinions on them. These books include the Witch Finder series and the 13 Treasures series. Both series included have no relation between them besides the existence of magic.  The Witch Finder series is a duology by Ruth Warburton.… Continue reading Fairies, Curses, Witch Hunters, and 13 Treasures

Should Unconventional Forms of Storytelling Be Considered As Proper Works of Fiction?

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The use of "unconventional" here is loose. After all, storytelling forms have always existed in a variety of forms. From the age of cavemen and drawings on the walls to newspaper columns, print books and electronic ones... the list is varied and goes on. What is decided to be unconventional would be what society or… Continue reading Should Unconventional Forms of Storytelling Be Considered As Proper Works of Fiction?

Entangled By Margaret Rogerson’s Spellbinding Sorcery of Thorns

There was a time when it was common to see the enchanting covers of An Enchantment of Ravens and Sorcery of Thorns (beautifully illustrated by Charlie Bowater) all over social media. I believe Sorcery of Thorns was a popular read a while back along with An Enchantment of Ravens, which are by author Margaret Rogerson.… Continue reading Entangled By Margaret Rogerson’s Spellbinding Sorcery of Thorns

Recommendations & Recent Things #7

It's time for another Recommendations & Recent Things where I skim through the "recent things" section! Truth be told, I am wondering why I even put "recent things" in the title when I came up with this when I don't actually share what the "recent things" are, though I suppose if you shut one eye,… Continue reading Recommendations & Recent Things #7

3 Incredible Writing Resources + A Free Notion Template

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Writing is an interesting process. If we were to break it down into oversimplified steps, it would look like this: 1) We normally begin with an idea or with planning, and 2) We then proceed to the action, to the actual writing. "But it's not that simple!" you and the voice in my head may… Continue reading 3 Incredible Writing Resources + A Free Notion Template

Fiction or Nonfiction: The Right Way to Go

This used to be a huge question that plagued me some time ago. It's a no-brainer, isn't it? You pick what you want to read and off you go on your reading adventure. Growing up, there was always an emphasis on the sciences and mathematics. Logic and facts were more favoured over imagination and creativity.… Continue reading Fiction or Nonfiction: The Right Way to Go

Practising Mindfulness in a World Full of Bustle

Mindfulness is something some small part of my mind used to associate with Instagram influencers with their photos of warm tea in delicate teacups, of the slice of a crescent moon in a clear night sky, all seen through filters that enhance the photos even more than they already were. It's difficult to imagine mindfulness… Continue reading Practising Mindfulness in a World Full of Bustle