Holiday Reading 1: Sense and Sensibility

Austen fans can be a fearsome bunch. Many are generally hostile towards any human being who deigns to mess with the perfection of an Austen novel.  But that is exactly what UK writer, Joanna Trollope has done for the Jane Austen Project – an ambitious venture from HarperCollins, involving the re-release of Austen’s complete works, […]

“Vengeance is mine; I will repay.”

Sometimes great love stories aren’t all that romantic. Anna Karenina is about love, but not the comfortable, wholesome, happily-ever-after kind.  The obsessive, overwhelming, destroys your life kind.  And while it’s tempting to jam this story into the familiar ‘star-crossed lovers’ category – I think Anna Karenina is more than that. Several weeks and 963 pages […]

Holiday Reading: The Great Gatsby and Neverwhere

Phew, I really hit the books this holidays! The fun kind – not the textbook kind. Yes, riveting as it is, I abandoned the history of the Australian legal system to knock a few items off my never-ending to-read list. So I have a double review to write today. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald  […]