The Crisis That Is Social Media

“Everyone lives three versions of themselves; a public life, a private life and a secret life.”

Hullo pips! I haven’t been updating the blog much but I’ve been reading Broken Monsters for quite some time now and still have not quite finished. To those not familiar to the novel, it is a supernatural-thriller written by Lauren Beukes who has done several award-winning novels with unique premises, one of them about a time-travelling serial-killer which I am going to read soon. Hah, look who’s excited. Anyway, Broken Monsters has an equally riveting premise that touches the horrors of the unknown, making you question what is real and not.

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When I picked up this book, I’m not sure what I was up against. A generic cop-thriller, maybe? A sympathetic serial-killer? A goldfish? It was far better than that (I could do with the goldfish though) and far more different than expectations (there was no goldfish). Broken Monsters is filled with different personalities that at times it barely resembles a mystery novel. The multiple-POV approach introduces us to different characters and allows us to see the city dynamically, from a cop’s more cynical perspective to a journalist’s embellished eye for detail. What is distinct about this book is that it’s all about the characters, not the murder or the story, and the book is shaped through their drive and quirks– how each person keep up with their relationships, their jobs, their sanity and their dreams in a city that is gradually falling apart. Take Tom Perrota’s Little Children and add the hallucinatory experience and social commentary of Paranoia Agent in the mix, and you get a snarky and progressive thriller that’ll make you laugh and scared for your life.  Continue reading

QPQ, Chesca | What Are Your Writing Habits?

Hi guys, I’m adding a new feature/discussion post that I’ll be calling Quid Pro Quo, Chesca, where we basically share stories to one another. If you have watched Silence of the Lambs, you would know the infamous line Quid pro quo, doctor spoken by Clarice as she amd Hannibal Lecter exchange information to catch a serial-killer. Mind you that this segment is free of serial killers or cannibals so please don’t think I’d suddenly skin you alive or something.

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Now, let’s get on to the topic of discussion. Writing habits. Writing is perhaps the easiest job of all time and, at the same time, the most difficult. It doesn’t require too much movement, and you don’t need to spend money putting your pen on paper or typing a sentence on your word processor. It’s basically do or not and we form habits along the way. It may be because writing is so darn hard you got to do something else every hour or so. Or perhaps you do something to warm you up before grinding through words and paragraphs.  Continue reading

Judging Fifty Shades of Grey By Its Cover

50 Shades of Grey, as we all know, is the worldwide best-selling erotica that made E.L. James an instant millionaire and inspired complex debates of whether it was the funniest book ever made or the most insulting, disgusting, and insensitive book of the 20th century. FSOG, as we all know once more, details the love story of the meek Anastasia Steele and her relationship with the mysterious Christian Grey, who brings her to the world of classical music, chains, butt slapping, and divine orange juices, otherwise known as BDSM, atleast in 50 Shades lore.

But we’re not going to talk about how funnily awful or awfully funny (depends on your perspective) this book is. Instead, we’ll talk about the iconic covers of FSOG.  Continue reading