Monday, August 6, 2018

Book Review - Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of PilgrimageColorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In my mind this is one of Murakami's finest pieces of work. I immediately want to read it again, much as I did Norwegian Wood. This story is nostalgic, visceral, and true to a Murakami novel, leaves you with more questions than answers. Unlike some of his other novels there were no dragging descriptions to slow down the story (or at least none that I noticed - in 1Q84, for example, he would often spend several pages describing a meal), so it was quite fast paced. It was interesting and kept me guessing all the way through.

If you have never read a Murakami novel, this may be a good place to start.

I have a strong feeling I may be gushing about this book to Steve in a future episode of The Book Stash podcast. For now I need some time to mull it over.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Book Stash - Episode 14: Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel


In this special half hour episode, we take a look at Hilary Mantel's Booker prize-winning novel, Wolf Hall (and its TV series). We also talk about the card game Once Upon A Time and Vladimir Propp's fairy tale functions.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Book Stash - Episode 13: The Artisan Heart, Dean Mayes


We take a look at Australian author Dean Mayes' heart-warming new book The Artisan Heart. Find out how to be a good beta reader and how to get the best out of your own beta readers. Plus, map out your fantasy world.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Book Stash - Episode 12: The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman

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In the face of sickness, Ash digs out The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, where we discuss context for language, awesome illustration, 6 tips for getting your book written and sticking with it.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Book Stash - Episode 11: A Darker Shade of Magic, V.E. Schwab

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This week we're talking about the captivating book A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. We also talk about the creative process behind designing a book cover, the science behind hand-writing your drafts, and the surprising effects of wisdom teeth extraction on Ash's productivity.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Book Stash - Episode 10: Norwegian Wood

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Kombanwa. Good evening. In this episode of The Book Stash, Ash talks about the shadows cast by the Haruki Murakami classic, Norwegian Wood. There's also beautiful odd metaphors, integrating religion in your world building and a particularly fun writing prompt.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Book Stash - Episode 9: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

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We take a look at Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff's compelling sci-fi world in Illuminae. Ash has put together five essential tips for planning your stories, combating misconceptions in your world and Lord of the Rings.

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