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About Nessa

Historian's Apprentice, "master" critic, petty dabbler in writing and translation, avid reader, coffee and music addict.

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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Review: Face: Make-up, Skincare, Beauty

Review: Face: Make-up, Skincare, Beauty

Hello dear reader(s) and welcome to another instalment of Nessa reads books and writes reviews (NRBWR). Today I’m reviewing another makeup book for you, and yes there’s photos. 🙂 Face: Make-up, Skincare, Beauty is an interesting and innovative makeup manual created by two sisters Samantha Chapman and Nicola Haste. Together they created the Pixiwoo brand, they have a hugely successful YouTube channel and they’re the Artistic Consultants of the popular and affordable brush line Real Techniques. You can find out more about Sam and Nic (as they are known) through their various social networks. Here’s the link to their website where you can find all their social handles.

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Review: Bobbi Brow Makeup Manual

Review: Bobbi Brow Makeup Manual

Hello dear reader(s)! I apologise for the long absence, March has truly been a mad month for me personally. I started a new job and I was a part of the organizing team of the FantaSTikon convention and there was all sorts of things going on in real life that left me exhausted and tired. In all this craziness I managed to read only one book! Shocking I know, but things are starting to settle a bit, so I hope we’ll get back to our regular scheduled programme soon. 🙂

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Posted by on 02/04/2018 in Književnost, Make up & skincare

 

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Review: The Keiko Series

Review: The Keiko Series

Hello dear reader(s) and welcome to another instalment of Nessa reads books and writes reviews (NRBWR). Today I’m going to introduce you to one of my favourite SF adventure series written by Mike Brooks. Brook’s Keiko Series so far consist of 3 books: Dark Run, Dark Sky and Dark Deeds and hopefully more are coming. *fingers crossed* If you’re wondering what this series is all about here’s a best one-liner explanation that I’ve read in this BookRiot article:

If Firefly and The Expanse had a love-child, it would read something like Brooks’ Keiko novels.

So if you miss that TV show (like we all do) and still hold a grudge against FOX for cancelling it, you’re going to love the Keiko Series and the motley crew lead by captain Ichabod Drift and his partner Tamara Rourke.

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Posted by on 09/03/2018 in Književnost

 

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