"You know the phrase I keep thinking about?" a poet asked, on a different panel, at a festival in Copenhagen. "'The chickens are coming home to roost.' Because it's never good chickens. It's never 'You've been a good person and now your chickens are coming home to roost.' It's never good chickens. It's always bad chickens." Scattered laughter and applause. A man in the audience was having a coughing fit. He left quickly, bent over in an apologetic way. Olive wrote 'no good chickens' in the margin of her festival program.

“No Good Chickens” – The Best Moment From ‘Sea of Tranquility’ By Emily St. John Mandel

I've decided to get into those books I got for Christmas and was immediately drawn to Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel. I absolutely adored her non-linear pre and post apocalyptic novel Station Eleven so I was excited to get into a new work of hers. Sea of Tranquility is a science fiction … Continue reading “No Good Chickens” – The Best Moment From ‘Sea of Tranquility’ By Emily St. John Mandel

Book Cover Appreciation: Flood Child by Emily Diamand

Cover by Steve Wells An oldie book with a goldie book cover. It's time to some love to the design of Emily Diamand's Flood Child. This cover is a masterclass in how to show exactly what kind of world the book is inviting you to. A girl in a boat sailing towards a flooded Big … Continue reading Book Cover Appreciation: Flood Child by Emily Diamand

December Book Haul!!!

I don't usually post book hauls because I'm not particulary active in the bookish community (Is that a thing?) and I don't surf Best Sellers for my next read of choice, so I'm not sure if other people would be interested in hearing about my book hauls. My purchase decisions tend to be sporadic. Half … Continue reading December Book Haul!!!