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Odd Bookers: A tree, a bud and a flower

By Radiyah Manjoo Greetings reader, So many countries, so many choices. This month, I took the path most taken – I’m sorry, Robert Frost and hipsters. This month, we review Nigerian books. …

Odd Bookers: Books I Am Anticipating for 2021

By Kelly Ansara There is nothing more that gets me wide-eyed with excitement than a publisher announcement. They usually come from behind a wall with no warning on social media or email (depen…

Odd Bookers: The Moralist

By Joshua Marcus Joshua Marcus’s 2020 novel, The Moralist, is a fast-paced thriller with a literary bent, delving into the inherent grey in the concepts of morality, crime and punishment, an…

Odd Bookers: The Oracle’s Journal

by Dimitri Liountris   The Oracle’s Journal, published in 2020, is an urban-fantasy epic set in the early 2010s and spans four volumes. In the time of the gods, a Great War between sixte…

A Tree, a Bud, and a Flower

By Radiyah Manjoo “You read African literature. You could write something”, she said. I shivered at the thought – African literature, so loaded, so vast. Yes, I read African literature, m…

The Flowers of Evil

By Ibanez What is the story of Flowers of Evil? What was there in it that captivated me, so that now, I feel compelled to write something down, to find its essence, so that it will not be lost, so t…

BOOK REVIEW: “BOOK OF THE MISSING”

BY NKATEKO MASINGA Title: Book of the Missing Author: Heidi Grunebaum Year Published: 2019 Genre: Poetry Publisher: Praxis Magazine  Heidi Grunebaum’s Book of the Missing reads to me lik…

Book Review: Holes

By Melissa Fortuin Author: Louis Sachar Publication date: 1998 Genre: Adventure As the days pass by and the weather gets colder, one picks up a sense of a collective restlessness. I think we…

Book Review: The Pardoner’s Tale

By Melissa Fortuin Author: Geoffrey Chaucer Year Published: c.1400 (from the larger work The Canterbury Tales, incomplete upon Chaucer’s death) Genre: Satire Happy Halloween Odd readers. It…

Book Review: The January Children

By Melissa Fortuin Author: Safia Elhillo Date Published: 2017 Genre: Poetry When it comes to poetry, if I have not before I can recall saying I love to read the words of the dead. It’s not …

Book Review: Selected Works of Robert Frost

By Melissa Fortuin Author: Robert Frost Year Published: 1969 Genre: Poetry As Winter slowly comes to a close, and the first blooms of Spring appear, the cold and barren landscapes give birth to …

Book Review: The Alchemist

By Melissa Fortuin O Alquimista Author: Paulo Coelho Year Published: 1988 Genre: Quest, Adventure fiction, Fantasy fiction Lately I’ve made a promise to myself to try and expand on my geographic…

Book Review: Jane Eyre

By Melissa Fortuin Jane Eyre Author: Charlotte Bronte Year Published: 1847 Genre: Bildungsroman, Gothic, Mystery It wasn’t so long ago that we dealt with the dark and stormy windswept moors …

Book Review: The Grapes of Wrath

By Melissa Fortuin The Grapes of Wrath Author: John Steinbeck Year Published: 1939 Genre: Naturalism, Realism, Historical Fiction For all you Orwellian peeps out there fighting the Man. Thi…

BOOK REVIEW: “GAU-TRAINED: POEMS AND STORIES”

By Nkateko Masinga Author: Flow Wellington Year published: 2018 Genre: Poetry, Prose Publisher: Poetree Publications (Pty) Ltd This way I salute you: My hand pulses to my back trousers pocket …

Book Review: If They Come For Us

By Nkateko Masinga If They Come for Us Author: Fatimah Asghar Year published: 2018 Genre: Poetry Publisher: One World/Penguin Random House “If we know, then we must fight for your life as …

Book Review: Milk and Honey

By Melissa Fortuin Milk and Honey Author: Rupi Kaur Year Published: 2014 Genre: Poetry For this months issue, I’ve decided to review some poetry, and in particular, something acclimated to mo…

BOOK REVIEW: “THE CARELESS SEAMSTRESS”

BY NKATEKO MASINGA Author: Tjawangwa DemaYear published: 2019Genre: Poetry Publisher: University of Nebraska Press Cover artwork: Mary Sibande “That childhood is stitching together …

Book Review: Frankenstein

A Book Review By Melissa Fortuin Book name: Frankenstein Author: Mary Shelley Year Published: 1818 Genre: Gothic, Horror Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble! I think I’m quoting the wron…

Kill A Mockingbird

A Book Review By Melissa Fortuin Author: Harper Lee Year Published: 1960 Genre: Southern Gothic, Bildungsroman It wasn’t so long ago that on one of my usual Netflix and ch…

Book Review: Persuasion

A Book Review By Melissa Fortuin Author: Jane Austen Year Published: 1817 Genre: Romance, Comedy It’s the end of the year pretty soon and I know you need a well-deserved break fro…

Meditations by Lucinda

Books We Love To Read By Lucinda de Leeuw This month I go on about what I love about one of my favourite books: White Oleander by Janet Fitch. “I’d spent the last three years trying to bu…