Title: Circe Author: Madeleine Miller Publisher: Bloomsbury Released: 2018 Rating: ★★★★★ “The grudges of gods are as deathless as their flesh.” Madeleine Miller, Circe *This review contains spoilers* Madeleine Miller’s award-winning second novel, Circe, is an absolute spectacle of a story. A deep-dive into the psyche of one of The Odyssey‘s most intriguing players, theContinue reading “Review: Circe”
Joan He opens a dialogue in what we consider consciousness and humanity to tangibly be in a world driven by technology and capitalism.
[This essay was written in 2020 for a university class on the Gothic tradition in Western literature.] Gothic literature is latent with the unknown and the unknowable. Recognisability in the face of otherworldly horrors compounds an already unsettling narrative, and as explored below, seeing ourselves in what we do not understand chills us more thanContinue reading ““None Stranger Than Itself”: The Uncanny Horror of Monsters and Men”
Title: Stay Gold Author: Tobly McSmith Publisher: HarperCollins Released: 2020 Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Stay gold, Pony. The world needs you. Stay gold when it’s hard. When it’s lonely. When it’s scary. Especially when it’s scary. Tobly McSmith, Stay Gold *This review contains spoilers* Tobly McSmith’s debut novel Stay Gold follows the dual-perspectives of Pony, a transgenderContinue reading “Book Review: Stay Gold”
April was a very eclectic reading month for me this year! A handful of the books I read were for one of my uni classes on epic literature, so it was a little expansive for me — which is something I always enjoy! I’ve also been in such a variety of moods when it comesContinue reading “April Reading Wrap-Up”
Title: Azadi Author: Arundhati Roy Publisher: Penguin Released: 2020 Rating: ★★★★★ The history being peddled by Hindu nationalists … is turned into mythology and mythology into history, has been very ably perforated and demolished by serious scholars. But the tale was never meant for serious scholars. It is meant for an audience that few seriousContinue reading “Book Review: Azadi”
One of the reasons I wanted to launch this blog now is to keep some accountability for my work on the novel I am currently drafting. I started work on this book early this year, but have struggled to get in the swing of actually sitting down and writing the damn thing. In part thisContinue reading “My Novel-in-Progress”
Hello there! Welcome to my shiny new book blog! My name is Leigh Briar, I’m a 23-year-old lover of all things literary! I’m an emerging writer (meaning I haven’t published a whole lot yet) living on Kaurna land in Adelaide, South Australia. I have loved to read and write more or less for as longContinue reading “Meet the Author”