What to read on holiday in Greece – Johanna Hanink’s “The Classical Debt”- book review

      I came across Johanna Hanink’s book through sheer coincidence. There was an event organized in my local bookshop in which she was discussing her new book (which I had heard nothing of) with Mary Beard. I was curious enough to see Mary Beard live– so I attended the event. And as I had spent my last holiday in Greece, it was perhaps … Continue reading What to read on holiday in Greece – Johanna Hanink’s “The Classical Debt”- book review

George R.R. Martin, Elio M. García Jr. and Linda Antonsson, “The World of Ice and Fire” – book review

Let’s be fair, I am a huge fan of Game of Thrones , so I might not count as the most impartial of the reviewers. However, people who are not already fans of a Song of Ice and Fire are unlikely to reach for this title… so perhaps in a weird way I am representative of the target audience. First of all, the book’s design is … Continue reading George R.R. Martin, Elio M. García Jr. and Linda Antonsson, “The World of Ice and Fire” – book review

Yuval Noah Harari’s “Sapiens” – Book Review

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is definitely not a work of history. If you want a short outline of events that leads up to now, you are in the wrong place. Yuval Noah Harari is much more interested in the history of ideas that made humans what they are. That said, his narratives, though they may be based on fact ( I use the … Continue reading Yuval Noah Harari’s “Sapiens” – Book Review

Game of Thrones Season 7 episode 2 “Stormborn”: Will Jon Snow bend the knee?

I have already read 3 different blog posts summarizing the events of ‘Stormborn”, the latest episode of the Game of Thrones. So I am not trying to do the same thing. Instead, let’s take a look at one of the central dilemmas being set up for the next episode – the long-anticipated meeting between Jon Snow and Daenerys. The red witch , Melissandre appears at … Continue reading Game of Thrones Season 7 episode 2 “Stormborn”: Will Jon Snow bend the knee?

The problem with Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk”

I am not usually a fan of war films, and I typically won’t go to the cinema to see them. Don’t get me wrong, I think many war films are excellent, but I find the whole experience of seeing them at the cinema a bit too traumatic. Some reviewers, however, have called Dunkirk Christopher Nolan’s best film yet. It was also rated PG 12. So … Continue reading The problem with Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk”