Category Archives: Review

2023 in lists: concerts & shows, theatre, books, movies and TV

A work in progress … Movies (seen on TV, probably on a streaming service, or on an airplane) Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery: What I liked about this was how purely entertaining it was. It had no pretensions except … Continue reading

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Book review: ‘A Little Life’, revisited

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara My rating: 4 of 5 stars Spoiler alert: I assume that you have read A Little Life already and like me, are reading more about it to help you make sense of it! Please … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hetty Lui McKinnon’s Tenderheart

Tenderheart: A Cookbook about Vegetables and Unbreakable Family Bonds by Hetty Lui McKinnon My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m not sure I’ve done a book review of a recipe book … but why not? On Goodreads, I see that … Continue reading

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2022 in lists: concerts & shows, theatre, books, movies and TV

Movies (seen on TV, probably on a streaming service, or on an airplane) Annie Live! We’d lost track of the live musicals on network TV, but since we love musicals, I found it. It’s such an odd musical. The songs are … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lars Saabye Christinsen’s The Half Brother

The Half Brother by Lars Saabye Christensen My rating: 3 of 5 stars I just couldn’t get through it, but I won’t give it a poor rating. From reading rave reviews from newspapers and literary magazines, and seeing the praise … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan My rating: 5 of 5 stars I returned for another read of this novel after reading the latest Egan, The Candy House, and thoroughly enjoying it. And I clearly didn’t review … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hanya Yanagihara’s To Paradise

To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara My rating: 2 of 5 stars It’s always difficult, that second book, after the one you fell in love with. Can you read it on its own merits and try not to compare the two? … Continue reading

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Book Review: Byron Katie’s Loving What Is

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie My rating: 4 of 5 stars In November 2015, I seemed to have marked this book as being on my shelf, and having read it, and I … Continue reading

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Book review: A.M. Homes’s Jack

Jack by A.M. Homes My rating: 3 of 5 stars I remember, back in the days, being very impressed with A.M. Homes’s short fiction, but I lost track of her. In any case, I recently came across ‘Jack’, her first … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jeanette Winterson’s Lighthousekeeping

Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson My rating: 3 of 5 stars For many years, Winterson’s ‘The Passion’ was one of my favourite books. There was a perfect melding of myth and history, poetry and a sweeping romanticism that appealed to the … Continue reading

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