Author Archives: portiabridget

Movie review: Destroyer (2018) directed by Karyn Kusama

Product info: Destroyer follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) who, as a young FBI agen, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. VERY tragic results. When the … Continue reading

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The Naturalist (The Naturalist 01) by Andrew Mayne

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something … Continue reading

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A break

It’s already May, as strange as it sounds, and I feel I need a break from blogging. It will last a week or two, hard to say right now, but I will be back! Meanwhile have fun, dear Visitors, and … Continue reading

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The Partenon by Mary Beard

Product info: Oscar Wilde compared it to a white goddess, Evelyn Waugh to Stilton cheese. In observers from Lord Byron to Sigmund Freud to Virginia Woolf it met with astonishment, rapture, poetry, even tears–and, always, recognition. Twenty-five hundred years after … Continue reading

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Sacred Games by Chandra Vikram

Product info (from Goodreads): Sartaj, one of the very few Sikhs on the Mumbai police force, is used to being identified by his turban, beard and the sharp cut of his trousers. But “the silky Sikh” is now past forty, … Continue reading

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The Confusion (The Baroque Cycle 02) by Neal Stephenson

Product info (from Goodreads): In the year 1689, a cabal of Barbary galley slaves — including one Jack Shaftoe, aka King of the Vagabonds, aka Half-Cocked Jack — devises a daring plan to win freedom and fortune. A great adventure … Continue reading

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This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay

Product info: Adam Kay was a junior doctor from 2004 until 2010, before a devastating experience on a ward caused him to reconsider his future. He kept a diary throughout his training, and This Is Going to Hurt intersperses tales … Continue reading

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Movie review: The Favourite directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Product info: 18th century England, the court of ageing Queen Anne (Olivia Colman), the last of the Stuart monarchs. Anne is an unconfident ruler and a very lonely woman, overweight, depressed, moody, even suicidal. Small wonder – she’s lost as … Continue reading

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A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle 01) by Ursula le Guin

Product info (from Goodreads): Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth. Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale … Continue reading

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The Oracle Glass by Judith Merkle Riley

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Genevieve, a skinny, precocious little monkey with a mind full of philosophy and the power to read the swirling waters of an oracle glass, is taken in by La Voisin, an ingenious occultist and omnipotent society fortune-teller. … Continue reading

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