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La Llorona, Guatemalan movie, Jayro Bustamente
La Llorona (Film review)
Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

The title translates as ‘weeping woman’ which may well be a metaphor for a weeping nation in Guatemalan director Jayro Bustamante’s haunting political drama which captures the trial of an ageing General Enrique Monteverde (Julio Diaz) accused of genocide. There are parallels with Guatemalan dictator José Efraín Rios Montt, who went from general to absolute […]

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Books

  • Agents of Dreamland (Book)
    Posted in: Books, Reviews

    Let’s get this clear first. The Signalman is not a signalman he’s actually a special agent hooking up with a mysterious woman, an intelligence operative called Immacolata (love the name) in an Arizona diner. Clarity is an important issue as regards this Lovecraftian novelette by Caitlin R. Kiernan, as you can find yourself getting lost […]

  • Mirror Mirror – Cara Delevingne’s New Novel for Teenagers
    Posted in: Books, Highlights, Movies & TV Shows, People

    Fresh from her successful role as Laureline in recent movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets comes Cara Delevingne’s latest creative venture – her 368-page novel Mirror Mirror, co-written with Rowan Coleman and published by Trapeze. Judging by her performance in Luc Besson’s sci-fi flick, she has undoubted talent but English fiction writing […]

  • Countdown to the Man Booker Prize
    Posted in: Books, Events & Festivals, Features

    THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE celebrates outstanding works of fiction written in the English language and published in the UK. The recently published longlist of 13 books emerged from 144 hopefuls who submitted from 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017. The eventual winner of the £50,000 prize will join the 52 other notable authors who […]

  • Across Spacetime (Book)
    Posted in: Books, Reviews

    Despite the ubiquitous genre subject matter, science fiction authors will inevitably find different approaches to time travel. Refreshingly, Angela Guidon’s debut novel about time-travelling research students does exactly what it says on the packet, unlike a similar cult 1995 fiction called Say Nothing of the Dog! which set one intriguing new benchmark for dealing with […]

  • The Black Prince of Florence (Book)
    Posted in: Books, Reviews

    Historical accounts of a Renaissance Florence ruled by a ‘half negro’ duke called Alessandro de Medici are meticulously examined by author Caroline Fletcher. He was also the first duke of Florence so any reader would naturally be curious to discover how a black nobleman reaching that landmark fared in the machiavellian environment of Medici-ruled Florence. […]

  • Candyfloss Guitar (Book)
    Posted in: Books, Reviews

    This novella by Stephen Marriott winds its way through rural Spain with the free-spirited, metaphysical air of a Paulo Coelho publication. There’s a strong sense of destiny and journey; an underlying message about finding yourself and your potential pervades. We know the main protagonist (indeed, all the characters) by his first name alone – Diego. […]

  • April 20th 1812: Bram Stoker Dies in London
    Posted in: Books, Features, People

    He’s the novelist who created the most widely known literary horror character outside of Frankenstein. Blood-sucking Count Dracula was responsible for many-a-troubled sleep with 1000 Dracula-themed books and 200 movies now available at the last count. Bram Stoker died in London on this date April 20th in 1912 aged 64 and was cremated in Golders […]