Happy Mother’s Day!

"The clocks were striking midnight and the rooms were very still as a figure glided quietly from bed to bed, smoothing a coverlet here, settling a pillow there, and pausing to look long and tenderly at each unconscious face, to kiss each with lips that mutely blessed, and to pray the fervent prayers which only mothers utter." - Louisa May Alcott

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society | MOVIE REVIEW

In this review I would like to focus mainly on how The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society works as an adaptation of the best-selling novel because, though I thoroughly enjoyed the film, the epistolary nature of the book called for some rather significant changes to be made in adapting the story for the screen.

“The Toymakers” by Robert Dinsdale | BOOK REVIEW

It is 1917, and while war wages across Europe, in the heart of London, there is a place of hope and enchantment. The Emporium sells toys that capture the imagination of children and adults alike: patchwork dogs that seem alive, toy boxes that are bigger on the inside, soldiers that can fight battles on their own. Into this family business comes young Cathy Wray, running away from a shameful past. The Emporium takes her in, makes her one of its own. But Cathy is about to discover that the Emporium has secrets of its own...

Tolkien Lecture 2018 | “In Search of Doors” by V. E. Schwab

"A fantasy set entirely in another world is an escapism with limits. You can read about it, sure, but you can never really get there. Fantasy with a door, a portal, a way in; that breeds a different kind of belief. It is the difference between Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. Middle-Earth is accessible only on the page, but Narnia had a door at the back of a wardrobe..." - V. E. Schwab


Starring Elle Fanning as Mary Shelley and Douglas Booth as Percy Shelley, the film sets out to tell the fascinating tale of how Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, arguably the originator of the science-fiction genre, was conceived.

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