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Archive for the ‘BOOK REVIEWS’ Category

Poetry in search of the Beyond, questions ‘the self’

By P C K Prem

‘Fault Lines’ by Gary Beck: A Review

Review By Sheila Scobba Banning

Investing in Tales of Love for Purging the Diseases of History

By Manjinder Kaur Wratch Traditional history stockpiles bitter memories of the past which slush hatred and create divisions. Literature has a leading edge over traditional history as the creative powers of the writers have always invested in tales of love, compassion and friendship.

Epitomizing The Free Thinker: Kiriti Sengupta’s Democratic Spirit

By Casey Dorman I once told Kiriti Sengupta, in an email, “You epitomize the free thinker who respects tradition—a combination rarely seen.”

Kiriti Sengupta makes his way to Sanskrit literature through Indian English Poetry

By Kaushik Acharya There are plenty of Sanskrit texts like Pancatantra, Hitopadesa, Abhijnanasakuntalam, etc, and even The Ramayana, The Mahabharata, two immensely popular Indian epics, which have been successfully translated into several other languages down the ages.

‘Reflections on Salvation’ by Kiriti Sengupta: A Review

Review By Tanmoy Bhattacharjee

‘Epic Series & Reflections’ By Simon Speak: A Review

Review By Shola Balogun

‘Burnt Men’ By Oluwasegun Romeo Oriogun: A Review

Review By Ogunniyi Abayomi

‘The New Xenophobia’ By Tabish Khair: A Review

Review By Dr. Ajay K Chaubey

‘The Flesh and Mortar Prophecy’ By Nathan Hassall: A Review

Review By Dustin Pickering This small chapbook, although containing only thirty-six pages, manages to speak volumes on the experience of mental illness and institutionalization. The author notes in his preface that part of the inspiration was an interest in psychology and neuroscience, especially the use of lobotomy in Britain during the middle of the last century.

‘A Curmudgeon Is Born’ by Heath Brougher: A Review

Review By Scott Thomas Outlar

‘A Grey Story’ by Saumya Misra: A Review

Review By Tanvi Bijawat

‘Sunny Rain-n-Snow’ By U Atreya Sarma: A Review

Review  By Subashish Bhattacharjee

‘This Summer And That Summer’: A Review

Review  By U Atreya Sarma This Summer and That Summer is the third collection of poems by the Mumbai-based poet Sanjeev Sethi, his earlier two being Suddenly for Someone, and Nine Summers Later. A widely acclaimed author with his work featured in many journals and newspapers, he ensconces himself in the hearts of poetry and […]

‘Songs of a Dissident’ by Scott Thomas Outlar: A review

Review By Sunil Sharma

‘Beverly’ by Fiona Pearse: A Review

Review By Valda Organ

‘Haunting and Other Stories’ by Sunil Sharma: A Review

Review by Rob Harle Haunting and Other Stories is Sunil Sharma’s latest publication of literary treasures, this time an eclectic collection of truly astonishing short stories. Sharma is a brilliant story teller, he cleverly combines facts and fantasy, hard hitting realistic scenes with deeply emotional personal interactions. His writing style I believe is quite unique.

An Essay on ‘The Pensmith: A Compendium of Lucid Essays’

  Nnaemeka Nwangene reviews Chukwunonso Daniel Ogbe‘s book. An essay can be defined as a short piece of writing on one particular subject written by a student. It is also a short piece of writing written by a writer for publication.

Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence by Susanna Hope and Alex Roslin: A Review


      February’s book review of Michael Richmond’s novel ‘Sisyphusa’ by writer Peter Wilkin..


    By Val B. Russell   Maritime stories have always captivated readers with tales of ship wrecks, pirates and the battle of man against the raging sea. Moby Dick, The Old Man and the Sea, Treasure Island etc, the list is endless. Most are works of fiction, fanciful and designed to entertain mainlanders who […]


                    By Selma Sergent  Mario Canto is a Los Angeles based poet and the author of Dancing With Disillusion. He grew up in South Central L.A. His collection of poetry is ardent, potent; there is a sense of might about it, but also the kind of […]


Fat Girl By Jessie Carty Sibling Rivalry Press 2011   Poet Jessie Carty has done something quite daring in Fat Girl, she has told the bare naked truth about eating, weight, body fat and the bastard child of an unhealthy relationship with food: the distorted body image. Our binging, purging, love and ultimate hatred of food […]

Nobody’s Children By Hana Hindráková: A Review

© 2015  Hana Hindráková Review By Valda Organ Kenya is a country of extreme contrasts: a culturally vibrant land always on the brink of social/political tumult. However, to many western people Africa itself is still shrouded in mystique, a sort of wild place that can never be tamed or fully understood by white culture.

IGNITE By Rona Shaffran: A Review

            By  Val B. Russell   Women and men, conjugated verbs in a physical universe. Each individual striving to express the spiritual experience of coupling, through the rise and fall of the clay footed icons of matrimonial union.  One after another, each  is toppled until we are left with only […]

War and books: a historic literary view of military conflict. A double review by Dominic Stevenson

    War is terrible, on both sides; always. If our god is with us and their god is with them then it can only lead to a bloody stalemate.


      On my flight to Ottawa for The Writer’s Union of Canada Conference, I took three personal travelling essentials: a notebook, my netbook and a novel to read while airborne. When you are trapped in an enclosed space with strangers for hours and suspended above the clouds, not only do  you need to […]


                          By Selma Sergent   MELANCHOLIA (an Essay) by Kristina Marie Darling is a collection of poems one might snatch from dreams. Darling creates a fragile, delicate world that is ethereal, otherworldly, beautiful, wistful, and full of longing, all securely wrapped in a […]


                      By Selma Sergent   Ginger Moran is a teacher, published writer and mother. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Houston in Literature and Creative Writing and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English from the University of Virginia. She has published in Salon, […]


                        The Herald by Dean J Baker Review by Val B. Russell