Ms Kanta

Voracious reader and DPhil candidate blogs about books and scholarly life.

Category Archives: English

If You Need Proof Self-Published Books Can Be Worth It, Here It Is

The Martian Andy Weir Self-publishing still carries a stigma. Did not a single publisher find this book worthwhile? Why not? Was the author still arrogant enough to believe that their … Continue reading

31/01/2015 · 1 Comment

Ambitious ending that hammers home the antiracist message

The Book of Life Deborah Harkness Deborah Harkness’s All Souls trilogy has been met with mixed reviews all round, though the fans seem to have enthusiastically embraced her debut A … Continue reading

26/12/2014 · Leave a comment

Not the book on female maladies I’d hoped for

Female Circumcision and Clitoridectomy in the United States: A History of a Medical Treatment Sarah B. Rodriguez Having previously done research into hysteria and its connection to the female body, … Continue reading

14/12/2014 · Leave a comment

Review: ‘The Crucible’

Originally posted on The Oxford Culture Review:
Few historical trials speak to the imagination as much as the Salem witch trials of 1692, an event that led to the executions…

07/12/2014 · Leave a comment

An adorable book, despite all the deaths

Whisper the Dead Alyxandra Harvey Other reviewers have described A Breath of Frost, the first part in Alyxandra Harvey’s Lovegrove Legacy series, as ‘adorable’, ‘sweet’, and ‘lovely’. Perhaps a little … Continue reading

06/12/2014 · Leave a comment

Review: Northern Lights at the Pitt Rivers Museum

Originally posted on The Oxford Culture Review:
Last Friday marked the start of the eight-week Oxford Christmas festival. Many museums opened their doors with special evening events, from a festival at…

25/11/2014 · Leave a comment

Where space opera meets horror meets fantasy – and they get along

Peter F. Hamilton The Abyss Beyond Dreams Ever since he announced the creation of a new series in 2011, Peter F. Hamilton’s massive new work has been eagerly anticipated by … Continue reading

20/11/2014 · 2 Comments

‘Bang! The Complete History of the Universe’

Originally posted on The Oxford Culture Review:
Starting up a band means hard work for an insecure future. An aspiring musician will never know whether their band is going to…

11/11/2014 · Leave a comment

Found in Translation: Discovering Patrick Modiano

Originally posted on The Oxford Culture Review:
Patrick Modiano (born Paris, 1945) seemingly belongs to that rather large group of Nobel laureates very few people have ever heard of until they…

25/10/2014 · Leave a comment

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