Mother Of Invention by Katrine Marcal

How good ideas get ignored in an economy built for men. The tagline above and on the cover explains the basic premise of this book. We open on the story of the wheeled suitcase. Anyone who has had to carry heavy bags or luggage will know that your fingers get cut into by the straps …

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Into Every Generation A Slayer Is Born by Evan Ross Katz

Buffy The Vampire Slayer is 25. The TV show, that is. And to celebrate this there's a new DVD release and a few things along that line, and also this book. Evan Ross Katz is a huge Buffy and Sarah Michelle Gellar fan. In this book, he has researched the show, it's cast, it's backstory, …

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Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman

I was so excited when I requested this book, and it did not disappoint. People are basically decent, and the world is not as bad as you think. That's essentially the premise of this book. But it's not a light, fluffy, motivational book, it's actually a well researched and absolutely fascinating read. I came to …

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My Writing: Death Never Dies Anthology (Illustrated/Edited by Lee Fearnside).

So, this is a different post than my usual reviews, because this time I'm sharing my own work! I was asked by Lee Fearnside to write a piece for her anthology Death Never Dies. This is a follow up to Chimera Projects O Relentless Death, and was edited by Lee, and has her beautiful lino …

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The Essential Directors by Sloan De Forest

The Essential Directors covers 56 influential directors from Hollywood, from the 1920's to the 70's. To lovers or scholars of film, a lot of these will be well known names to you, but there are some more obscure faces who have been forgotten in later years and are ripe for rediscovery. We get an introduction …

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The Story Paradox by John Gottschall

How our love of storytelling builds societies and tears them down. In his previous book, The Storytelling Animal, Jonathan Gottschall showed us how humans see the world through the paradigm of stories. After all, most of our communication, almost all of our entertainment and all social media is essentially storytelling. We can take in facts …

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The Book Of Hope by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams

Jane Goodall is an naturalist and primatologist whose work revolutionised how we understand animal intelligence. From her work with chimpanzees and other animals in Gombe, Tanzania, she came to understand the impact that people had on ecology and so she also became an activist as well. She's now in her 80's and speaks regularly about …

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Poe For Your Problems by Catherine Baab-Muguira

"Uncommon Advice from History's Least Likely Self-Help Guru." I was in my early teens when I first read Poe, which seems to be about the average time to start reading him. My copy of his stories had beautiful illustrations by Arthur Rackham, if I remember correctly, and I loved his dark stories of madness, horror …

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