●●●●○ The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (2017) is a collection of tales set in the Grishaverse, the fantasy world of Leigh Bardugo’s novels. The fairytales are charmingly intertwined with Sara Kipin’s intricate illustrations, which makes the … Continue reading Alternative Fairytales: “The Language Of Thorns” Sorcha May Judge delves into the newest YA offering from Leigh Bardugo.
●●●○○ Let me begin this review with an important disclaimer: I love Dan Brown. Always have, always will. When it comes to authors and series I like, I am loyal to a fault, so if there is any bias in … Continue reading “Origin”: the Sequel Dan Brown’s mystery-solving professor, Robert Langdon, is back with a crowd-pleasing bang.
Last year, five members of the Swedish Academy named Bob Dylan the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, a decision so surprising that even he didn’t show up for his own prize reception. Slightly overshadowed by Brexit and … Continue reading In Defence of Nobel Laureate Ishiguro With the dust settling, senior writer Michael Mullooly gives his take on Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nobel Prize win.
●●●●○ Where does a story begin and end? This question provides the basis for Nicole Krauss’ metaphysical ruminations in her extraordinary novel, Forest Dark. Krauss tilts narrative on its side as she dismisses the comforting reassurance a structured tale can … Continue reading Reality Itself is Unstable in “Forest Dark” Krauss tilts narrative on its side as she dismisses the comforting reassurance a structured tale can provide.
I grew up on a different ocean / it lashed against me and bore its salt into my brown skin / I stole anchors from its waves and dug them into my flesh / blood will flow for anything if … Continue reading “How to Build a Nation”
●●●○○ Roddy Doyle’s highly anticipated novel Smile hit bookshelves at the beginning of this month to mixed reviews. It tells the story of Victor Forde, a middle-aged, failed music journalist who moves back to his hometown following the breakdown of … Continue reading Roddy Doyle’s “Smile” “The memory. It’s like dropping bits of yourself as you go along, isn’t it?”
Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin is a notable author, literary agent, and the founder of The Inkwell Group. She is also the founder of writing.ie, a website dedicated to all things writing-related. These are only a few of her many accomplishments in … Continue reading From the Inkwell: Interview with Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin Read. Read. Read. Write. Write. Write. Edit. Edit. Edit.
The concept of The Great American (or Irish, or Canadian, or…) Novel is misleading. For a book to mean anything to one person or demographic, it must inevitably leave another cold. This is why you’re a thousand times more likely … Continue reading After All This Time… A generation, nineteen years later.
“The message is clear. Boys are the norm, girls the variation; boys are central, girls peripheral; boys are individuals, girls types. Boys define the group, its story and its code of values. Girls exist only in relation to boys.” – … Continue reading The Smurfette Principle Wonder Woman. Ripley. Marla Singer. April O’Neal. Cheetara. Princess Leia. Gamora. Hermione Granger.
Sebastian Barry delivers an incredible novel with Days Without End. Winner of the 2016 Costa Book of the Year, Barry’s ninth novel is now in the running for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. This will be the author’s third time … Continue reading Tn2’s Man Booker Picks: Days Without End by Sebastian Barry The war novel that focuses on the individual over the sweeping cause
The inaugural Dead in Dun Laoghaire Crime Writing Festival took place in the Pavilion Theatre on Saturday the 22nd of July. Attendees had a list of thoroughly impressive guests to choose from, including Paula Hawkins (bestselling author of The Girl … Continue reading Dead in Dun Laoghaire Crime Writing Festival
A Book: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig is a probing philosophical essay wrapped up neatly in a story about a father and son travelling across America by motorbike. This book will resonate in your mind … Continue reading A Book, A Nook, A Cup — Eze