The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

When I was young Carrie Fisher wasn’t cool. To my pre-teen mind, she was interchangeable and unrecognisable from Margo Kidder. This is pre-feminist Alice, pre any understanding of mental health Alice. And this Alice was scared (of everything, but that’s another story for another time). In reality, all Carrie Fisher did “wrong” was be different,…

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Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

Review: Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

As I write this post, the Dark Waltz, such by Haley Westenra, is playing in the background – it feels oddly fitting. Not even for the lyrics, but for the melancholy, inevitable melody. Which is how I would describe Idaho by Emily Ruskovich, melancholy and inevitable. “One hot August day a family drives to a mountain…

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Dune by Frank Herbert

Review: Dune by Frank Herbert

I’ve tried to read Dune before. It was a ‘started-but-couldn’t-finish’ during my Books Before 30 years (technically a break from the rules, but it was killing my desire to read). I’m not sure what made me want to read it again, a friend mentioned reading it, a sudden desire to fall into an epic sci-fi,…

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