The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials book 2). I was genuinely destroyed by the Alamo Gulch scenes. The gut wrenching exchanges between Lee Scoresby and his dæmon Hester. The way the events built up… It still makes me tear up again just thinking about it. » 12/12/14 3:45pm Friday 3:45pm

OMG the single ladies wanted to eat - shocking!.. But really, I have a friend whose husband worked in Saudi a few years back. They lived in a complex mainly catering to foreign nationals which was almost like a self-contained resort. She said that it was easy to forget how strict the country was (they even had easy… » 11/25/14 7:58pm 11/25/14 7:58pm

Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor. How does anyone have the unmitigated gall to actually spout that utter garbage with a straight face, the fact that he did so in a court of law is staggering. One can only assume that anyone who does so probably got his psychology credentials from a box of Cracker Jacks. » 11/24/14 6:36pm 11/24/14 6:36pm

Meghan Chase (The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa) – ­­­without doubt one of the most annoyingly wilfully ignorant and self-absorbed characters I have ever read. Her worst quality being that during her quest, countless creatures literally give their lives to aid or protect her, and she doesn't even seem to notice.… » 8/05/14 4:25pm 8/05/14 4:25pm

I have been following this story on the BBC's website for the last couple of days, I'm appalled that it seems to be missing or extremely under-reported by most of the main media sources. It is a truly frightening and utterly horrifying crime. I really cannot understand why is has been virtually ignored – not just by… » 4/26/14 2:11pm 4/26/14 2:11pm