I have been following Loujain's fight for Women's Rights in Saudi Arabia for a few years now and was very excited when I heard that a book inspired by her fight and co-authored by her sister would soon be released. And not just any book, a gorgeously illustrated picture book, the most perfect medium to … Continue reading Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers, by Lina AlHathloul and Uma Mishra-Newbery, illustrated by Rebecca Green
A jar of wondersA cup of trinketsA dash of splendor,Shut in a casket... She was a collector.Day and night she graspedAt threads of colourShades of magic. Apt To see, prone to marvellingBut never letting go.A collector I said, and so,Drunk on having Possessing, amassing,Words and flowers. Flowers she sapped of fireWords she emptied of meaning She … Continue reading Chasing Wonders
"For me, the aim of poetry is to capture the true essence of things. But Truth is difficult to catch, understand and explain. Truth is hard to embrace in one sweep. So one must go tangentially, and turn around with a laser beam. One must shed light on each side of Truth like this, with words. And little by little, from this literary exploration, an approximation of Truth emerges. That's what poetry does."
"I turned my nightmares into fireflies and caught them in a jar." Strange the Dreamer had been sitting on my shelf for years, when I finally cracked it open a few days ago. I actually got my hands on it while looking for another time in the depths of my overflowing bookcase. I am very … Continue reading Strange the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor
Merci à l'auteur de m'avoir envoyé un SP de son roman via Simplement pour que j'en fasse une chronique honnête. Dans un monde imaginaire, plusieurs royaumes tentent tant bien de coexister. Leurs dirigeants respectifs doivent composer avec leurs mésententes conjugales, les complots qui les menacent, les rebellions qui grondent, voire la folie qui les ronge. … Continue reading L’urne de Xalanor – Tome 1 – La folie du roi, par Vincent MacPhordyne
"Who are you? A simple son of the soil, as you pretend to yourself? Oh no. You, too, are among the infirm -- you are the dreamer, the madman in a madder world, our own midwestern Don Quixote without his Sancho, gamboling under the blue sky. You're bright enough -- brighter anyhow than our mutual … Continue reading Stoner, by John Williams
Mindless, throwing a thirsty hand forth, Hoping to snatch more. More more and new.
By now I should be prepared to be met with sheer brilliance when entering a Hardinge book, yet every time I am caught off guard by the beauty of her works. A Face Like Glass used to be my favourite of hers, when compared to The Lie Tree and A Skinful of Shadows (which I … Continue reading Cuckoo Song, by Frances Hardinge
J'ai reçu ce roman en septembre dans le cadre de mon abonnement à la Kube. J'avais demandé à découvrir "le dernier coup de coeur de mon libraire Kube" je crois. Et Yolande a sélectionné pour moi ce roman. Voici ce qu'en dit la quatrième de couverture: «L’amour n’est rien d’autre qu’une des compensations que la … Continue reading L’Insouciance, de Karine Tuil
I don't read short stories very often, but Kat (@redwavereads) was so enthusiastic about this collection that I had to give it a try. At the time, Lucia Berlin was completely unknown to me, which, now that I have read her, seems a real shame. Berlin was incredibly talented. And even this falls short to … Continue reading A Manual For Cleaning Women, by Lucia Berlin