4 AWESOME GENDER-BENDING BOOKS BASED ON GREEK MYTH

In preparation for my upcoming review of Colm Tóibín's House of Names, based on the bloody story of Orestes, Electra and Clytemnestra, I thought I'd make a short list of all my favourite books that are based on Greek mythology. As it turns out, by some strange coincidence, they all feature some form of gender bending. Readers, if you … Continue reading 4 AWESOME GENDER-BENDING BOOKS BASED ON GREEK MYTH

BOOK REVIEW: SEASON OF MIGRATION TO THE NORTH, BY TAYEB SALIH (1966)

In Naughty Dog's 2013 videogame The Last of Us, a fungus turns people into zombies. It latches itself onto your brain and, as it grows, it alters your behaviour, ramping up aggressiveness, making you instinctively attack uninfected humans. Season of Migration to the North is like this fungus. I wasn't going to write a review of … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: SEASON OF MIGRATION TO THE NORTH, BY TAYEB SALIH (1966)

BOOK REVIEW: THE ESSEX SERPENT, BY SARAH PERRY (2016)

I should have loved The Essex Serpent. Instead, I just liked it. Sarah Perry's second novel follows a bunch of eccentric characters in late Victorian England as they embrace or resist the massive changes sweeping society and culture at the time--including the rise of socialism, evolutionism, and atheism. These characters include: Cora Seaborne, a young widow … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: THE ESSEX SERPENT, BY SARAH PERRY (2016)