Brightly Burning is a 2018 re-imagining of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel Jane Eyre. What makes this re-telling so unique is that it merges science fiction and young adult fiction to present a modern twist on the tale that is set in space. Plot Sometime in the future, a new Ice Age has engulfed Earth and… Continue reading Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne
Catalogue of Catastrophe is the latest offering from the wonderful Jodi Taylor. The 13th novel in the St. Mary’s series has finally arrived and once again features the Disaster Magnets and the irrepressible Dr “Max” Maxwell. Catalogue of Catastrophe sees Max and the equally irrepressible Markham in their new roles away from St. Mary’s. Despite facing the unfamiliar and new challenges, as usual whenever the Pros and Cons are around, there is trouble, tomfoolery, tea, and time travel. I adore Jodi’s novels so I couldn’t wait to get stuck into this one. Below is my spoiler free review of CoC.
Finally – finally! – Max has that nice office job she’s always wanted. The one with no heavy lifting and no one tries to kill her. Well, one out of two’s not bad…
Away from St. Mary’s and their nearest and dearest, Max and Markham have regrouped and found…
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Like everyone else on the planet, my 2021 didn't exactly go as planned, nor did my reading challenge. Let's have a look at what I set out to read, and what I actually managed to complete. It was a year in which I discovered my new favourite living author, more Brontë-inspired fiction, and re-discovered my… Continue reading Reading Challenge 2021: The Breakdown
For those who need to hear this today; you got this. You will get through whatever terrible thing is currently occupying your mind. It will pass. Time is a healer. Be patient. Be kind to yourself. Reader, stay safe.’ It's OK not to be OK. In the UK there are organisations such as The Samaritans,… Continue reading “I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.”
We all had our fingers crossed for 2021. For me personally it really hasn't been so great. It has still been filled with books though. Now that we’re pretty much halfway through 2021 I thought I’d share with you an update on my reading challenge. I set myself a target of 20 new books for… Continue reading Reading Challenge 2021 Update.
Back in April I wrote a post about the haunting relevance of Charlotte Brontë's poem "Parting" in 2020. Back then the entire UK had been placed under a lockdown and it's fair to say nobody had ever known anything quite like it. When I wrote that post, I was lucky enough to be living with… Continue reading “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” Life Under Lockdown with Charlotte Brontë
Background As I'm obsessed with the Brontë juvenilia, I make it my business to read as many versions of the writings as I can find. Yes, in theory, the narratives should be the same, but in the case of juvenilia, how a text is edited can have a big impact on how it is not… Continue reading Charlotte Brontë’s The Search After Happiness, Good Editing, and the Brontë Juvenilia
Like any true bookworm, my taste in literature is eclectic to day the least. First of all, there are the Brontës, their wonderful poetry, adult novels, and juvenilia. Secondly there is 18th and 19th century fiction by the likes of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and William Makepeace Thackeray. I also adore the 20th century science… Continue reading The Brontës, Brussels, and Hercule Poirot
June 26th 2020 marks the 203rd birthday of Branwell Brontë. Born in 1817 to Patrick and Maria Brontë in Thornton, he was the fourth of six children, and the only boy in an intelligent, creative, yet poor family. After moving from Thornton to Haworth where the family took up residency in the now iconic Brontë… Continue reading Branwell Brontë: An Appreciation
I've said it before and I'll say it again; Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel Jane Eyre is my favourite novel of all time. It's hard to sum up exactly why I love it in a single post (hence why I've never attempted it) but in a nutshell: Jane's fiery and independent spirit, issues of morality, Jane's quip… Continue reading Brontë Inspired Fiction with a Twist: The Governess of Thornfield by Charlene DeKalb