Book Review: Dorian

Dorian by Will Self I Liked this Better Than the Original A literary re-write is a difficult thing to do well, but Will Self does it. I think Self works better within the restraints of this form, (versus his bloated books The Butt or The Book of Dave) and the new twists Self adds to … Continue reading Book Review: Dorian

Kickass Princesses, Part 2

This article originally appeared in Bad Reputation – a feminist pop-culture adventure on 18 June 2012. When I think about everything about womanhood that hamstrung me with fear when I was thirteen it all came down, really, to princesses. I didn’t think I had to work hard to be a woman (which is scary but … Continue reading Kickass Princesses, Part 2

Kickass Princesses, Part 1

This article originally appeared in Bad Reputation – a feminist pop-culture adventure on 28 March 2012. Fairy tales! We all like fairy tales, right? They have both an air of comfort and adventure about them, and – as they’re something we first came into contact with as young children – there’s also an almost familial … Continue reading Kickass Princesses, Part 1

Book Review: The Satanic Witch

Tired Pervy Unenlightened 1960s Cliches The Satanic Witch by Anton LaVey I read this shortly after finishing The Satanic Bible because I was a teenage prat and still wanted to shock the people sat opposite me on public transport. For these purposes this book doesn't work as well as The Satanic Bible. Though it still … Continue reading Book Review: The Satanic Witch

Book Review: The Satanic Bible

Relies on Shock Value, then De-Mystifies All Shock Value The Satanic Bible by Anton LaVey So, I read this when I was about sixteen and liked to see the looks on people's faces when they saw me reading it. Look at that big inverted pentacle. OoooOOOooooh. It wasn't completely without merit as I then went … Continue reading Book Review: The Satanic Bible

The Spinster Book

This article originally appeared in Bad Reputation - a feminist pop-culture adventure on 28 February 2012. This was going to be a very light and fluffy post, raising an arched eyebrow at an interesting find, but over the course of writing this article I made some discoveries which made it seem less of a frippery. … Continue reading The Spinster Book

The Schadenfreude Review

As a reviewer I find the hardest reviews to write are of books which just strike you as 'meh.' The okay books which you neither love nor hate are difficult to get a handle on. You often wind up describing plots rather than reactions to it because you barely had any. The 'Meh' review is … Continue reading The Schadenfreude Review