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Review: The Black God’s Drums

Review: The Black God’s Drums

Hello dear reader(s) and welcome back to the blog! I know it’s been a long time since I reviewed something for you… I have been reading and catching up on my reading, but I’ll write more about this in a dedicated blog post. However, this October I participated in another Dewey’s Readathon (the next one is on April 6th 2019) and that helped me get back in the reading saddle so to speak. 😀 Anyway, for this instalment of Nessa reads and reviews I present P. Djèlí Clark’s The Black God’s Drums. If the author’s name sounds familiar to you, I’ve already reviewed his novelette A Dead Djinn in Cairo on the blog so you can check out that post. If you haven’t read that, well it’s as good a time as any. I’ll wait, we have all the time in the world. 🙂

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Posted by on 31/10/2018 in Književnost

 

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The Historian’s Apprentice: The Birth of a Thesis

The Historian’s Apprentice: The Birth of a Thesis

Hello dear reader(s) and welcome back to my blog! I hope you had a nice summer, that you’re ready for autumn and some cooler weather. Instead of the usual instalment of Nessa reads & reviews, today I’m going to write about something else. In case I didn’t bore you to death with this on Twitter (shameless plug – you can find me @NarratriceNessa 🙂 ) I recently graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy in Split. I’m a newly minted mag. educ. hist. et mag. educ. angl.; which basically means that I’m a certified teacher of history and English. The final step toward my master’s degree consisted of writing a thesis in my chosen field of study and the thesis’ defence in front of a tripartite board of faculty professors.

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Posted by on 16/09/2018 in Povijest

 

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Review: Edwin Weaver series

Review: Edwin Weaver series

Hello dear reader(s)! I hope you are doing well and that you’ve somehow managed to cope with the heat. If like me you just want this heat wave to be over, hold fast. As they say: this too shall pass. Until then distract yourself with another summer instalment of Nessa reads books and writes reviews (NRBWR). I really should come up with a better title for this, or at least a shorter one… Nessa reads and reviews? What do you think about that? Well it’s short and to the point, so I should keep it. But onward to the review.

As is the case with almost any book that I read, I stumbled into Catherine Hanley’s Edwin Weaver series by accident. If I remember correctly historian Greg Jenner retweeted Hanley’s tweet about the publication of her latest Edwin Weaver novel, and down the Google hole I went. 🙂 Intrigued by the synopsis I downloaded a free chapter of the 1st book in the series The Sins of the Father on my e-reader (Kobo Aura H2O 2nd edition if you were curious) and started reading just to see if it would interest me enough to start the series. Spoiler alert: it did. 🙂 I bought the whole series and dug in.

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Posted by on 05/08/2018 in Književnost

 

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Review: Detective Sean Duffy series

Review: Detective Sean Duffy series

Hello dear reader(s) and welcome to another (belated) summer instalment of Nessa reads books and writes reviews (NRBWR). 🙂 Everyone’s concept of an enjoyable beach read is different; some folks like romances, others fantasy, or science fiction. A friend of mine likes to read history books on the beach. Some stick to glossy magazines ‘cause the sun is shining so brightly, the temperatures are above 35⁰C and your higher thought processes start shutting down. For me personally the ideal summer and beach reads are crime novels; they’re the perfect combination of a puzzle, thriller and tour guide, especially if you’re reading a series.

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Posted by on 16/07/2018 in Književnost

 

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Review: Deadman’s Crossing

Review: Deadman’s Crossing

Hello dear reader(s) and welcome to the summer instalment of Nessa reads books and writes reviews (NRBWR). 🙂 I’m kicking off the summer reading & review session with a Weird West short story collection by the master of the genre Joe R. Lansdale. If this is your first encounter with Mr. Lansdale you’re in for a treat! Lansdale is a prolific writer, and he’s written novels and stories in various genres from western, horror, mystery to science fiction and suspense. His Hap and Leonard book series was adapted into a TV show (which was sadly cancelled after 3 seasons). You can read more about the author and his works here, and you can find him on Twitter too.

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Posted by on 16/06/2018 in Književnost

 

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Review: A Dead Djinn in Cairo

Hello dear reader(s) and welcome back to the blog. In today’s short & sweet instalment of Nessa reads books and writes reviews (NRBWR) I’m introducing you to P. Djeli Clark’s fascinating steampunk urban fantasy novelette A Dead Djinn in Cairo. Moreover, you can read it for free on Tor.com, so there’s absolutely no excuse for anyone not to read some untraditional fantasy!

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Posted by on 21/05/2018 in Književnost

 

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Review: Heart-Shaped Box

Hello dear reader(s) and welcome to another instalment of Nessa reads books and writes reviews (NRBWR). I’m writing this review ahead of my biweekly book club where we’ll discuss Joe Hill’s Heart-Shaped Box, the book we chose to read and talk about. Furthermore, I managed to finish the book 4 days ahead of schedule which is a miracle in and of itself. 😀 I usually finish it the day before ‘cause you know I have 2 weeks to read the book… Holly shit how is it Sunday before the book club already and I’m only halfway through! 😀

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Posted by on 19/05/2018 in Književnost

 

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Review: Makana Series

Hello dear reader(s) and welcome to another instalment of Nessa reads books and writes reviews (NRBWR). I recently wrote a warm-up post for Dewey’s readathon about globetrotting around the world with crime novels. In the post I wrote about the importance of locations to crime novels, stating that a location is an important character in the book. It affects everyone and everything and you can learn a lot about a location by reading crime novels. Since I started the Makana series during the readathon, in today’s review I’m taking you, dear reader(s), to the Middle East. Or to be more precise to Egypt’s capital city – Cairo.

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Posted by on 14/05/2018 in Književnost

 

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Recenzija: Baština

Recenzija: Baština

Pozdrav dragi štioci! Čelanova Baština se neplanirano našla u mojim rukama, te eto i neplanirane recenzije. 🙂 Prve srijede u svibnju išla sam u kino u Jokera, a da pokratimo vrijeme do filma ja i prijatelj smo zujali po Hoću knjigu. Točnije ja sam zujala, on je tražio jednu specifičnu knjigu. Gledajući što ima novo na policama knjižare naletila sam na zanimljiv naslov: Nikola Čelan: Baština – Kako sam preživio splitske devedesete i prvih 10 godina TBF-a. Slikala sam naslovnicu, poslala je bratu na mail misleći da bi ovo njega moglo zanimat jer inače voli čitat biografije glazbenika. Nakon filma vidim ja brat odgovorio na mail cili oduševljen; veli uzmi to i novu knjigu od Dražena Lalića ako naletim. Haj’d dobro, odem ja tako u ponediljak na sv. Duju u knjižaru i uzmem mu tu novu Lalićevu knjigu (Politika i nogomet je naslov iste ako koga zanima, a s obzirom da čovik piše o dvije meni najomraženije teme tu recenziju nećete gledat 😛 ) i Čelanovu Baštinu. A s obzirom da sam već nabavila knjigu i eto stoji tu i čeka da je moj brat preuzme… Što ne bi cijela obitelj pročitala istu. 😀

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Posted by on 09/05/2018 in Glazba, Književnost

 

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Review: Inspector Devlin series

Hello dear reader(s) and welcome to another instalment of Nessa reads books and writes reviews (NRBWR). Today I’m reviewing Brian McGilloway’s Inspector Devlin series for you. The series consist of 5 books in chronological order: Borderlands, Gallows Lane, Bleed a River Deep, The Rising and The Nameless Dead. To be quite honest with you dear reader(s), even after I’ve read all 5 novels I’m still not quite sure what to think about this series.

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Posted by on 25/04/2018 in Književnost

 

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