Tagged: character

Review: Fates and Furies

He longed for something wordless and potent: what? To wear her. He imagined living in her warmth forever.” – Lauren Groff Every now and again you get a book that is so delicious, you almost wish you could eat the words in it. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff is such...

Review: Before the Fall

Life is made of these moments – of one’s physical being moving through time and space – and we string them together into a story, and that story becomes our life.” Noah Hawley ~ Before the Fall The nature of coincidence is one that is treated really well in Noah...

Bees, please

A few weekends ago we did a beekeeping excursion with Albertus (aka Farmer Redbeard) near Ashton (Western Cape). An experience like that is a wonderful way to hone all one’s senses. Garbed in our beekeeping gear, our jeans tucked in our socks and our hands protected with thick rubber gloves,...

Wild settings and how to create them

I’m currently listening on Audible to a book called Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets. It is told from the perspectives of two characters Pru Hathaway and Amy Ray Latour and the novel is set in the Colorado Wilderness. Amy Ray disappears while going on an elk hunt on her...

Beginnings: Get Busy Dying

Where do you get a corpse when you need one?” Ben Rehder, Get Busy Dying This isn’t your average first line. It’s not long or complicated, but it signals so many things on the first read. One, the genre is reasonably apparent from the line (thriller/crime/mystery) and two, the perspective...

Jonathan Franzen

Reviewing “Purity”

I’ve just finished Purity by Jonathan Franzen. Not only does this wonderful novel cross from one character perspective to another, but it also jumps continents. My kind of book. When the novel opens, Purity is a young woman, better known by her nickname Pip. She’s living in a squat with...