The Little Snake

Title: The Little Snake Writer: A. L. Kennedy Publishing House: Canongate Books Date of Publication: 16th November 2018 Rating: 5 stars ”Nevertheless, the people in charge of the city were not overly fond of people and so some of the apartments in which the very many different kinds of people lived were often dry when they should have been wet, or wet…

Egg and Spoon

Title:Egg and Spoon Writer: Gregory Maguire Publishing House: Walker Books Date of Publication:  September 1st 2014 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Your life story is really about how the hands of history caught you up, played with you, and you with them. History plays for keeps; individuals play for time.’’ Prepare for a journey in the mystical land of Russia in…

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 Secret Life of the Owl

Title: The Secret Life of the Owl  Writer: John Lewis-Stempel Publishing House:  Doubleday Date of Publication:  October 19th 2017 Rating: 5 stars “Owls, then, are Other. They are beyond the pale of light, civilization, goodness. When the medieval English needed a neologism for the crime of midnight, smuggling of wool fleeces to France, what did they offend? ‘Owling’. “  I don’t…

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night

Title: The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night Writer: Jen Campbell Publishing House: Two Roads Date of Publication: November 2nd 2017 Rating: 5 stars “There isn’t anything quite like holding love in your bare hands.” I don’t know….I don’t know how to describe the feelings I’ve experienced while reading each page of this book. I am…

Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Stories From My Childhood

Title: Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Stories From My Childhood: Beloved Fairy Tales from the Queen to Cinderella Writer: edited by Joan Borsten Publishing House: Harry N. Abrams Date of Publication: October 1st 2002 Rating: 5 stars In 1998, Mikhail Baryshnikov, one of the greatest ballet dancers the world has ever produced (and will ever produce, in my opinion) hosted a TV series…

Cork Folk Tales

Title: Cork Folk Tales Writer: Kate Corkery Publishing House: The History Press Date of Publication: April 6th 2017 Rating: 5 stars “At festivals such as Bealtaine, Lughnasa and Samhain, people gathered at hilltop assemblies, lit fires and offered gifts to Donn, the Lord of the Dead, in the hope that, by observing these rituals, a welcome would await when their…

Essex Folk Tales

Title: Essex Folk Tales Writer: Jan Williams Publishing House: The History Press Date of Publication: November 30th 2011 Rating: 4 stars ‘’Essex is a place of dark secrets and haunting tales. It is a romantic county for those who have the determination to plunge into its rural heart.’’   Essex is one of the most notable and most recognizable county…