Mad Max: Feminist Road

I am going to be completely honest here and tell you that 1) I haven’t seen the first three Mad Max movies (which were released in the eighties) and 2) my main reason for wanting to see Fury Road is the fact that it has been called “feminist propaganda” more times than I care toContinue reading “Mad Max: Feminist Road”

Haunted by Humans: A Review of The Book Thief

  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Knopf Books for Young Readers March 14, 2006 550 pages “Here’s a small fact – you are going to die.” That’s how Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief (2006) starts. With this line, Zusak immediately sets the tone for the rest of the novel, a grim story set inContinue reading “Haunted by Humans: A Review of The Book Thief”

Aiming for Oblivion: A Review of The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta

  The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta Publisher: Candlewick Press Release date: March 1, 2010 328 pages Cover: Everything is fine until Joe Finch Mackee is blown to pieces in a bombing at the London underground, and grief hits his remaining family members hard. The Piper’s Son, a companion novel to Saving Francesca (2005),Continue reading “Aiming for Oblivion: A Review of The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta”

Baguettes and Bestsellers: English Bookshops in Paris

Like Tessel and Isabel, who wrote about the bookstores of Gent and Amsterdam, I love exploring bookstores when I visit a city. A little over a year ago, I visited Paris for the second time and made it my mission to visit as many bookstores as I possibly could (much to the annoyance of myContinue reading “Baguettes and Bestsellers: English Bookshops in Paris”

Nordic Noir

  After Stieg Larsson’s well-loved Millennium trilogy, the popularity of Scandinavian television shows has risen drastically. And for good reason. Scandinavian crime shows, or ‘Nordic Noir’, as the popular term is, are dark and gritty, and have plots that twist and turn until you forget where they even began. The best thing, in my opinion,Continue reading “Nordic Noir”