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Book review: Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault (Alexander the Great #1) | Gay historical fiction and a lot of war talk

I know, I know, I’ve been gone for a while. If you read my last post you might know that I’m currently on vacation in Germany, visiting friends, and when you’re spending time with people you only see once a year, you can’t really fit blogging in. However, my best friend happens to be busy right now, so I figured I might as well catch up on some of the posts I’ve been planning for ages.

This is going to be a review of the historical fiction novel Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault, which is the first book of three following the life of Alexander the Great.

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Poetry collection review: Kumukanda by Kayo Chingonyi | On masculinity, music & race

On these papers will be written, in a script only you can decipher, your original name.

I first saw Kayo Chingonyi read some of his poems when I went to the London Book Fair, and I immediately decided to request a review copy of his collection, Kumukanda. His poetry deals with race, identity, and masculinity, and his language is beautiful.

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Play review: No Dogs, No Indians | Colonialism and revolution in India

Hello everyone! I just quickly want to say that this review is a bit less personal and more ‘fancy’ than my usual posts. That is because I originally wrote it without knowing if I would put it on my blog or publish it somewhere else, so I went with a more safe and ‘professional’ (whatever) approach. Of course, it still consist of my own opinions and thoughts, so I hope you like it!

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Book review: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan (Magnus Chase #2)

If you know me at all, you know how much I love Rick Riordan’s books. I am obsessed with the Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus series. However, you might also know that I wasn’t super impressed with his two current spin-offs, the Magnus Chase and the Trials of Apollo series. I gave both first books five stars, because they are still fantastic, but they just pale when compared to his other¬†novels.

Now, this book completely changed my mind. While The Sword of Summer was, in my opinion, a weak start to the new series, The Hammer of Thor brought back everything I love about Rick Riordan’s writing. It’s funny, it’s interesting and fast-paced, and it’s lovingly diverse.

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Book review: Asking for It by Louise O’Neill | Sexual assault, social media & girl hate

Hellooo, I’m back! I have officially submitted my essays and am now a free elf. I haven’t even looked at WordPress in weeks, so I will do some serious blog hopping soon – but first, I have some reviewing to do! I feel kinda rusty, so we’ll see how this goes.

Asking for It¬†follows Emma O’Donovan, the most popular girl at school. She has her circle of attractive friends and everyone is in love with her – until she is drugged and sexually assaulted at a party, with pictures of the event all over the internet. The novel deals with victim-blaming and self-blaming, mental health, social media, and sexism, and all of it is done brilliantly.

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Book review: The Journey Out by Rachel Pollack and Cheryl Schwartz | A backlist guide for gay teens

The Journey Out is a guide for gay and lesbian teens – how to come out, how to be safe, where to meet fellow LGBT+ teens, and all the other aspects of surviving. But it was published in 1995, and I definitely felt it. The information is limited and often outdated. For that reason, I have decided to change up my review style a little bit, and write a list of ‘the good’ and ‘the bad’.

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Book review: Kumkum Malhotra by Preti Taneja | Indian literary fiction

Kumkum Malhotra is the most beautiful book I have read in a while. It’s vivid and grotesque and it’s the book that managed to get me out of my reading slump. In only 47 pages, Preti Taneja manages to tell the story of a woman whose life is perfectly normal, perfectly respectable, and then changes so suddenly and in such unexpected ways that it will leave you speechless.

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