Press, poverty and the radical politics of pornography: The Printer’s Coffin, a Review

I picked up The Strangler Vine, the first novel in M.J. Carter’s Blake and Avery series, for the same reason I usually pick up a book: the cover. The American hardback edition of Strangler Vine has an exceptionally beautiful cover, but the book, and its continuation in The Printer’s Coffin*, have a lot more to offer than just good looks…  Continue reading

Honey, hivemind and alien motherhood: The Bees, a Review

As you can probably guess by my URL, I’m interested in bees. I’ve got bee underwear, bee socks, a bee bowtie, and this year I’ve had my first firsthand experience with beekeeping. So I knew pretty much from the moment I saw this book on the shelf that I would read it at some point. Continue reading

Snowfields and empty seas: The North Water, a Review

I’d picked up The North Water because I’m interested in the theme of disgraced protagonists who suffer because of their pasts, and because the snowscape/midnight sun aesthetic appeals to me. Apart from that I had very few expectations for The North Water, and so was pleasantly surprised by it as a whole.

[this is a relatively new book so I’ll warn that there are some spoilers further down the page]  Continue reading