Book Reviews: January 2020 Reads

After leaving reviews on Goodreads for some time, I have decided to do a monthly round-up on this blog. So here’s me trying to keep up with my reading goals, life in the way and all.

City of Stairs (by Robert Jackson Bennett, 2014)

“The Divine may have created many hells, but I think they pale beside what men create for themselves.”

Old Gods return to the ravaged lands of Man in the epic fantasy, City of Stairs. Robert Jackson Bennett presents a rich introduction to a divine universe, built on the charm of ancient magic and thrill of conspiracies. Exposition works to its full advantage. Readers are able to immerse entirely in the fascinating knowledge of its rules, politics, and theology.

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The Candy Book Tag

I don’t do tags often since there hasn’t been much free time of late. But this one seems fun. Besides, it’s a holiday as I am drafting this. (Confession: All my posts are scheduled and I’m not really here.)

So thank you to the lovely sisters at Twin Bookmarks for the tag! Do check out their wonderful list here. Now, let’s get going.

Apples – Ah. Healthy food. It is deep, meaningful, and probably won a lot of awards but, um, it really isn’t your thing.

Dear David Foster Wallace, you are an enigma. A genius but a puzzle all the same. No matter how daunting a book gets, I try to finish them all. Sadly, Infinite Jest turns out a challenge that I just cannot accomplish.

It is admittedly brilliant. I have highlighted and re-written several lines for I truly fell in love with his poetic observations. Yet my focus meandered as the story did. For a year, this book has sat at 26% on my Kindle. Someday, I intend to get back to my personal Everest.

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Book Review: Cabal by Clive Barker

Cabal (Clive Barker, 1991) – Revelations of blood on his hands drive Boone into a quest for Midian, a sanctuary to the Night Breed of his dreams. Includes stories from the final volume of Books of Blood.


What’s below remains below. Before The Scarlet Gospels, we revisit the grim surrealism of the darkly bewitching Midian.



Tomorrow, Harry D’Amour will make his anticipated return at last as the last chapter of the Hellraiser mythos finds its way onto our shelves. Before The Scarlet Gospels arrive, we Clive Barker fans have a dozen of horrifically enthralling works to tide us over. To sate my need for a good read, I have chosen my personal favourite Cabal, a rare novella I find myself revisiting from time to time.

With vast imagination, Barker has such sights to show us. Weaving several fantastical worlds of immense scope, his writings open our eyes to wondrous places far beyond the fifth Dominion. To Everville, Abarat, and the depths of Hell we have thus far travelled. In Cabal, Midian draws us with its compelling exploration of the demons that reside in the hearts of men.

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