Book Review – L’évangile selon Satan

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It’s been a long, long time since I last wrote a book review, but funnily enough, very much like the last one I wrote about, this one also has todo with the Vatican and the election of a new Pope. I guess this is who I am now…

To make things even more peculiar, this is a book that, as far as I can tell, is not even available in English. I have searched high and low on the internet for an English translation, but there seems to be none. The mystery deepens!

That, along with the morbid nature of the book (it’s called The Gospel of Evil or The Gospel According to Satan, depending on the translation) and the violence contained within its pages, accounts for a very interesting read indeed…

Do you want to come with me and discover the mysteries this book has to unravel? I can’t guarantee your safety along the way…

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The YA Book Prize (UK)

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Good morning, everyone!! Were you aware that it’s contest time!?

I have recently received a notification from The Bookseller (a website I definitely recommend to all bookworms) about a wonderful new contest that is in the works. I know the announcement comes a little bit late, but I didn’t get it myself until a few days ago! And if you have some interesting YA draft hanging somewhere, this could be your chance to showcase it 🙂

Want to know the bases and how to enter? Please do go on reading!

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Where Have I Been!?

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Well well well — it’s been a while, hasn’t it? Hope you haven’t forgotten about me yet, because I’m back!

So what have I been up to? Quite a lot, actually! In these past few months, I left my bookselling job in Oxford to move to Barcelona, where I became a project manager at an international translation company.

Uncharacteristically enough, now I work on the medical devices division, coordinating clinics and labs with translators so that they can promote their products overseas. I’m saving lives, people!!

During my stay in Barcelona I have survived a terrorist attack (my office is really close to where it happened), a controversial referendum, a declaration of independence, and just generally a lot of noise on the streets. Who knew life in Barcelona would be so hectic!

As for my creative side, I’m happy to announce that I’m translating SirenSong into Spanish! Coming to your nearest bookshop earlier than you think 😉

I may also have another announcement to make, but that will come in time…

So how are you all? Did you miss me a lot? 🙂

The Book of Dust

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Oh boy, I can’t believe I have been away for almost a month. Shameless behaviour! But life has a way of imposing itself on you… Hopefully I will now go back to updating more frequently, so look forward to that!

And what better way of coming back to my good old blog than to talk about Philip Pullman’s new title? I’m pretty sure all of you are excited about it—I sure am! So let’s take a look at what this Oxonian writer has in stock for us…

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I’m a Video Game Writer!

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Hello again, and sorry for the wait! There haven’t been a lot of posts here lately, I know. But I’ve been away for a good reason! You see, Hellyon White, the illustrator for my novel SirenSong, is also the concept artist for the video game studio Iter Games. So when an opening for a writing position came up, I jumped right at it! I have now fulfilled my childhood dream of working on video games professionally. This is so exciting!

Introducing Golden Arcana, a mobile RPG game played by using cards. I have played the beta, and I have to say, it’s a lot of fun and really addictive! I promise I’ll tell you more about it in due course!

SirenSong is also coming along quite nicely. Right now I’m implementing all the feedback I’m getting from the proofreaders and formatting the book in InDesign. It shouldn’t be long before it’s finally done! And to make things more interesting, I’ll have an update very soon showing you a little big more about the hidden depths of Aurea…

This is a very exciting moment for me right now! I’ll let you know all the updates about SirenSong and Golden Arcana as they come along. And I also promise I will try my hardest to write more often, even if they’re shorter posts. For now, wish me luck, and have a wonderful day! 😀

Book Review – Conclave

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My Robert Harris mania goes on! As if I hadn’t had enough of him after reading the Cicero trilogy, I have now read his latest title, Conclave. And it’s a pretty good one, y’all.

I find it funny that, coming from such a strongly Catholic country, I am so ignorant about most aspects of that faith. I had no idea what happened after a Pope died, or how a new one is elected. I’m not just talking about what we see in the news, but about all the nitty-gritty procedures that only the cardinals know about.

As always, Robert Harris proves to be a very elucidating man. Not only does he write novels that grip you and never let go, but he also lets his knowledge seep through his prose and inform his readers. Now I know much more about choosing a Pope than ever before!

But let’s discuss the novel itself, shall we?

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Book Review – Norwegian Wood

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I once had a girl or should I say she once had me…

Sorry, sorry, I’m getting carried away!

When 2017 started, a very important question popped into my head: what’s going to be my first book of the year? I looked at my shelves, and found a book that I bought a year ago and have since been meaning to read: Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood. A Japanese book based on a Beatles song? I had to read it. Plus, I had heard many people saying it’s a great book, so I could not help but give it a try.

What do I think about it? It may very well be one of the finest books I have ever read.

But don’t stand there, just sit anywhere…

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