I Am Heathcliff

Title: I Am Heathcliff: Stories Inspired by Wuthering Heights Writer: Various curated by Kate Mosse Publishing House: The Borough Press Date of Publication: July 26th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Archetypes. Stories that seem bigger than the books that contain them. Wuthering Heights is such a book. Cathy and Heathcliff are such characters.’’ I have longed and dreaded to read this…

Through the Water Curtain

Title: Through the Water Curtain Writer: Cornelia Funke Publishing House: Pushkin Press Date of Publication: November 1st 2018 Rating: 4 stars ‘’Fairy tales break all the rules of a good story and yet they find such powerful images for the deepest human emotions and fears that we sense deep layers of meaning in a poisonous apple or the grueling setting…

Cosy: The British Art of Comfort

Title: Cosy: The British Art of Comfort Writer: Laura Weir Publishing House: HarperOne Date of Publication: November 5th 2019 Rating: 1 star How does each one of us define coziness? For me, it’s comfort and warmth regardless of the season. A mug of chocolate, a book and the caramel glow of a dimly lit room reflecting on the window. Others…

Mortals and Immortals of Greek Mythology

Title: Mortals and Immortals of Greek Mythology Writer:  Françoise Rachmuhl, Charlotte Gastaut (Illustrator) Publishing House: Lion Forge Date of Publication: September 18th 2018 Rating: 3 stars Greek Mythology provides an endless wealth of inspiration for graphic novels, children’s books and every form of fiction. Most of the times, however, the results are not encouraging. This book narrates the stories of the Olympians,…

The Invention of Ana

Title: The Invention of Ana Writer: Mikkel Rosengaard (translated by  Caroline Waight) Publishing House: Custom House Date of Publication: February 13th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’They never went hungry, but there was no electricity, and she remembered the long, dark evenings in the apartment, the afternoons when there was so little to do that she was reduced to padding at…

Ways To Hide In Winter

Title: Ways to Hide in Winter Writer: Sarah St.Vincent Publishing House: Melville House Date of Publication: November 6th 2018 Rating: 2 stars ‘’If this were the last thing you ever saw, would you be happy?’’ Kathleen, a young woman who lives with her ailing grandmother, has buried herself in a town hidden in the beautiful wilderness of Pennsylvania. In a…

A Promise Stitched In Time

Title: A Promise Stitched In Time Writer: Colleen Rowan Kosinski Publishing House: Schiffer Publishing Date of Publication: September 28th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’It was a promise. Promises have to be kept.’’ What can one find in an antique shop…Objects graced with the beauty of a bygone era. Trinkets that once held sentimental value. Expensive creations of the past….

Melmoth

Title: Melmoth Writer: Sarah Perry Publishing House: Serpent’s Tail Date of Publication: October 2nd 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Look! It is winter in Prague: night is rising in the mother of cities and over her thousand spires. Look down at the darkness around your feet, in all the lanes and alleys, as if it were a soft black dust; look…

Night Beast

Title: Night Beast Writer: Ruth Joffre Publishing House: Grove Atlantic Date of Publication: 08 May 2018 Rating: 3 stars ‘’Εven if you do reject your timer, it’s going to count down anyway.’’ This collection has long been on my list but life and other books got in the way. After having read Her Body and Other Parties, I thought Night…

The Diary Of A Bookseller

Title: The Diary of A Bookseller Writer: Shaun Bythell Publishing House: Melville House Publishing Date of Publication: September 4th 2018 (first published September 28th 2017) Rating: 2 stars These are the experiences of Shaun Bythell, a bookseller in Wigtown in beautiful Scotland, in diary format. The working days, the customers (problematic or not), the co-workers, the struggle to support…

In Search of Lost Books

Title: In Search of Lost Books: The forgotten stories of eight mythical volumes Writer: Giorgio van Straten Publishing House: Pushkin Press Date of Publication: November 2nd 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Could it be the void itself which fascinates us, since it’s possible to fill it with the notion that what is missing might be something crucial, perfect, incomparable?’’ One…

I Really Didn’t Think This Through

Title: I Really Didn’t Think This Through Writer: Beth Evans Publishing House: William Morrow Paperbacks Date of Publication: May 1st 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Ugh, why do I have feelings? I’m the worst.’’ I won’t bore you with details on how good Evans’ writing is. That’s not the point although I can assure you that the way she talks to…

The Lost Path

Title: The Lost Path  Writer:  Amélie Fléchais Publishing House: Lion Forge Comics Date of Publication: March 28th 2018 (first published June 19th 2013) Rating: 4 stars ‘’Once something is in the forest’s clutches, it doesn’t easily let go…’’ After the highly enjoyable experience with The Ghost, the Owl, my current mood for interesting Gothic comic books brought me to…

The Ghost, the Owl

Title: The Ghost, The Owl  Writer: Franco, illustrations by Sara Richard Publishing House: Action Lab Entertainment Date of Publication: May 8th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ”She’s not a real girl. She’s a ghost.” ”Then why can we see her?” ”We can see them. It’s humans who can’t.” Sometimes we discover little gems out of nowhere. We, obsessed readers as…

The City Where We Once Lived

Title: The City Where We Once Lived  Writer: Eric Barnes Publishing House: Arcade Publishing Date of Publication: March 6th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Sometimes, at night, I would light houses on fire. But noone particularly cared.’’ I thoroughly enjoy the power that Dystopian Fiction has acquired of late. The vast majority of the books under this category are exemplary and…

Land Mammals and Sea Creatures

Title: Land Mammals and Sea Creatures Writer: Jen Neale Publishing House: ECW Press Date of Publication:May 8th 2018 Rating: 3 stars ‘’The bones were gone. Only the outline of fur remined. Even the dislodged claws had been collected. Julie looked around as though the culprit might be right there.’’ The sea is like a dream. It’s said…

The Beauties

Title:The Beauties: Essential Stories Writer: Anton Chekhov Publishing House: Pushkin Press Date of Publication: October 5th 2017 Rating: 5 stars “When you see a broad village street by moonlight, with its huts, haystacks and slumbering willow trees, peace descends on your soul.” Anton Chekhov. Among the greatest of the great Russian writers who created a plethora of the finest…