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A Bookstore Review: Queer Lit, Manchester
I have been to Manchester recently, staying with my brother and hanging out with pals. I was looking for a bookshop that could entice me and make me want to sit down and take it all in. Then I found the Queer Lit bookshop. Serving up coffee and cocktails, it is the largest LGBTQ+ bookshop in Europe. With an incredible atmosphere of plants and a decor that whispers instead of shouts, it is beautiful bookshop in central Manchester that actually appeals to people who read. Let’s go through the things that I loved and noticed about this bookshop.
Book Review: "Strangers" by Taichi Yamada
This book was part of my Amazon Recommendations and though I have heard of the author before, I will be taking this as one of my random books of the week by an author I have never read before. The truth is, I have actually been meaning to read this author for about a year, but have never got around to it. I know that this book has been made into a film but even though the book was fairly good, I have no intention of actually watching the movie. This is not out of any dislike, I just do not want to start any new TV shows and films at this moment in time. Perhaps I will someday and then, I will let you know how good it is in comparison to the book.
Book Review: "A Treasury of British Folklore" by Dee Dee Chainey
If you did not think I was going to eventually read an anthology of folklore this year then you really don't know me at all. Folklore is one of the most interesting genres of literature I have ever encountered because it is basically stories, customs and traditions that have weird narratives attached to them that get passed down over generations to create strange things we do and say without fully paying attention to its significance. From Halloween to the Mari Lwyd to Pancake Day to St Stephen's Day being called 'Boxing Day'. Folklore explains what happened here and why. It gives us stories about how we might understand them and what we might gain about the understanding of our country and ourselves through that process. There are hundreds of thousands of folklore all over the world, but for now I am reading about my home country of Britain. Note: I am actually interested in all folklore, I generally do not care which country of culture it's from. I like all of it.
3 Great Novels About Human Limits...
We have all heard about those books that keep getting published by ex-Navy Seals etc. that for some reason, a lot of people read but it does not look like a lot of people implement into their lives. However, when it comes to fiction it is a bit different. It has nothing to do with being pushed physically to places normal humans cannot go, but it is more about the things that our minds can make us do. It is what happens when our mind is our only limitation and what happens when we are forced to make deadly choices. It is a brilliant theme that underlines a lot of literature and there is by no means a best-fit for anything. These are probably not the absolute best ones you could read, but they are three great novels on the topic. So, should you wish to do so, read three great novels about human limits...
Book Review: "Sam: A Horror Novel" by Iain Rob Wright
“May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”
In the world of Naruto, the Akatsuki organization stands as a formidable force, comprised of powerful rogue ninjas with ambitious goals. Led by Nagato, also known as Pain, Akatsuki seeks to achieve world domination through the capture of the Tailed Beasts. However, what if Naruto, the titular protagonist of the series, were to become the next Pain and reshape Akatsuki in his image? In this article, we will explore the hypothetical scenario of Naruto assuming leadership of Akatsuki, examining the potential consequences and ramifications of such a transformation on the Narutoverse.
Book Review: "Hide" by Kiersten White
After reading Mister Magic, I became really interested in the works of Kiersten White and so, I read her other novel entitled Hide. I am going to say this before anything else, Hide was written before Mister Magic and so I did not expect it to be as good as the latter novel. However, it was actually really quite interesting. The storyline was pretty original but for me, there were too many characters. Apart from Mack, I did not feel like I could remember many of the characters because there were a) so many of them and b) some of them had very similar personalities. So there are some clear advantages and disadvantages of this story. Let's have a look at what it is actually about.
Book Review: "The Wager" by David Grann
Now, I’m going to be perfectly honest with you, I had already heard about the ship known as ‘The Wager’ before hearing about the film being made or the book by David Grann. However, I was not clear on many of the details. It was like one of those useless pieces of trivia you have stored in your skull that only comes out if someone asks a very specific question about it. To date: nobody has. Apart from this, I came across this book in my Amazon Recommendations. Having read ‘The Killers of the Flower Moon’ when the book came out and movie was first rumoured, I thought I would give this one the same shot. Let’s take a look at what makes this book a really good read and some things that kind of make it a bit boring for a reader who wishes to learn whilst being entertained.
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3 Literary Conspiracy Theories
A conspiracy theory is defined as: an explanation for an event or situation that asserts the existence of a conspiracy by powerful and sinister groups, often political in motivation, when other explanations are more probable. (Wikipedia)
Book Review: "Mister Magic" by Kiersten White
“And Val. A little girl who doesn’t understand why the world is the way it is, why everyone tries to tell her she can’t want or feel the things she does. Why her mother never sees what she needs, only hates her for asking. Why, when she reaches out a hand and demands, she’s met with pain and rejection. Here, when she reaches out and demands? Magic. And at such a small cost.”
Book Review: "We Ate the Dark" by Mallory Pearson
“I want to feel safe, and I want to have a future. I don’t want to be like my mother. I don’t want to depend on my friends to hold me together in place of the real thing and still manage to lose it all in the end.”
The Holocaust Parallel in Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan: Final Season, the culmination of Hajime Isayama's epic manga series, has captivated audiences with its intricate narrative, complex characters, and thought-provoking themes. As the series delves deeper into the conflict between the Eldians and Marleyans, parallels to real-world historical events, particularly the Holocaust, become increasingly apparent. Let us explore how Attack on Titan: Final Season evokes the horrors of the Holocaust, examining themes of oppression, dehumanization, and resistance, and the profound impact of these parallels on the narrative and its reception.