Review: The Other Side of Gravity

Science-fiction is a huge weakness of mine, especially if the stories are on faraway planets with unique civilizations, crazy gadgets, and creative types of world building. I know that you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover, but with The Other Side of Gravity by Shelly Crane it is really difficult not to.…

My 1st Read-a-Thon XP!

Good afternoon bookish mateys! I know that it’s been a while since I have taken the time to post a non-reviewish bit of rambling, and you have my sincerest apologies for that. Truthfully, I have found myself swimming in one hell of a reading mode! I have been finishing one book only to find myself…

Review: The Ukrainian and Russian Notebooks

The Ukrainian and Russian Notebooks written by Igort is a graphic novel that tells two distinct stories. The first one is of a forced famine in Ukraine that was shepherded by the USSR between 1931 and 1932. The reason behind such a course of action was due in part to the people of Ukraine not…

Review: Umrao Jan Ada

Umrao Jan Ada is a memoir for a Lucknawi courtesan and it was the very first true story that was ever written for Urdu literature. Culturally, I could not stop feeling extremely excited about finally being able to read this book. It touched on many parts of my Islamic heritage that brought back childhood memories…

Review: Tea with Hezbollah

No, just no on so many levels. While the premise is fascinating, and I do believe that a “sit-down” like this is inherently necessary if we are to find some semblance of peace and understanding between all of these nations and religions as a whole, I just could not get past Dekker’s writing, and unnecessary…

Review: Sputnik Sweetheart

“In the spring of her twenty-second year, Sumire fell in love for the first time in her life. An intense love, a veritable tornado sweeping across the plains–flattening everything in its path, tossing things up in the air, ripping them to shreds, crushing them to bits. The genius of Haruki Murakami’s eloquently unique prose has…