Wander This World

Vita Brevis Press

Submitted by Lana Bella
after Jonny Lang’s Wander This World

I arrived on the noise of familiars,
like diving into water, returning home.
Slim-shouldered and late blooming,
I lurched forth on more than mere
instinct to lean back to the extrinsic,
morphine-kind. To hold me here,
I would lose nights into the avenues,
passing through hands with downward
stride, making ghosts by their right-
ful names. Only, I was the dying
of the afternoons, jeweled back-lit by
the city headlights, discarded to
my quaint lurch more ancient than love,
an egress of vagabond in indigo pink.

Painting: Rene Magritte – Empire of Light

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Review: Norse Mythology


37903770.jpgNorse Mythology

By: Neil Gaiman

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

5-starsGenre: Mythology, Short Stories, History

Synopsis: Neil Gaiman, long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin though their upheaval in Ragnarok. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki?son of a giant?blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.

Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose, these gods emerge with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and…

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Happy Publication Day to Dino Wars!

Chrikaru Reads

Dino Wars is published today!

See my review here and my interview with the author, Dan Metcalf here.

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Today is the last day to enter the giveaway too. Maverick Press have kindly offered to give away three copies of Dino Wars. To be in with a chance to win, all you need to do is click through to the review and leave a short comment saying why you would like to win.

Don’t miss out!

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How NOT to review #Dystopian PLUS #BookReview UK2 by @TerryTyler4 #SciFi #humor

Barb Taub

Public service announcement to authors: Why I will probably reject your review request for your latest Dystopian masterpiece:

With The Hunger Games as the trope definer, dystopian books/films/fanfic/you-name-it owns its own genre. Since I’m going to turn down most of your review requests anyway, it might be useful to list a few guidelines that will save time for both of us.

[“Hunger Games Commercial” Written/Performed by Melinda Taub. Directed and edited by Adam Sacks for Funny Or Die]

So, dear review-requesters, if your heroine’s actions include three or more of the following (or number 9), I will be sending your book back with a suggestion that there might be other twelve-year-olds reviewers out there without a life of their own better suited to slogging through the 100-thousand words of your story only to find a f**king cliffhanger at the end reviewing your book. (Unless I really like it, or it has a…

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Coming Clean About My Absence…My Family Has Been Struggling And Is In Need.. Hardest Post To Post

Touch My Spine Book Reviews

I know many have wondered where in the hell I have been… Well yes I have battled grief and yes I have had issues going online but I haven’t shared it all.
I have went through way more than grief, I have been fighting for my ability to take care of my children and to get the medical treatment for my family. Long story short, we have lost most of our income and medical benefits.

We went weeks without electricity, had to cut back like barely nothing on food for kids to have it and we have went without medical supplies and medications.

I have been battling seizures without my medicine and haven’t been able to caretaker my son’s father who has a brain injury and can’t remember 20 mins ago or long term. My child’s mother has been battling renal failure with no way to go to the doctor…

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My Reasons Why

Manga Toritsukareru Koto

Sometimes people do some things that will make you believe that there’s still a chance.
Things, that, otherwise wouldn’t matter. Things that are small. Simple. That look like they do not matter.
But they do.

Kim-san recently hit her 200 followers and decided to something a little special for it. She’s marvelous and I had always held her in high regards for her style of writing and relative ease in the way she communicates with others. But this opinion of mine has only gotten better these days.

Kim-san’s a teacher and she’s had to deal with some unpleasant news recently, news about suicide. She was strong enough to share it to us, and I suggest you read her post yourself once, before you read this.

Not everyone would deal with news like that well. It’s something hard to cope with and almost impossible to share. Kim-san, not only did both…

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Forest Bathing


Carrot Ranch Literary Community


We go into the forest to find quiet, solitude, and healing. It’s something we long to do, and can be healing. Researchers in Japan and Korea have established evidence of restorative benefits from Shinrin Yoku — forest bathing.

That doesn’t mean this collection of stories basks under the canopy of therapy. Writers found many different paths into the forest.

The following is based on the April 19, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about forest bathing.

PART I (10-minute read)

Grandmother’s Giftby Jo/The Creative PTSD Gal

‘I’m going to share something with you, little one. Come,’ my grandmother said reaching for my hand leading me into the woods behind our house.

‘Take your shoes off love,’ that’s when I realized she was already barefoot.

She sat me under an old silver oak and positioned my feet on the earth in front of me…

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Book Review: Starfish

Chrikaru Reads



Written by Akemi Dawn Bowman

340 pages

Published by: Black and White Publishing (Ink Road)

Publication date: 5th April 2018

Summary (from Goodreads):

Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin.

But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own…

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{Review} The Terror by Dan Simmons

Book Bastion

The Terror

by Dan Simmons
Published January 2007
Page count: 769
Goodreads: See here

Featured image taken from my instagram: @bookbastion

Synopsis at a Glance:

Their captain’s insane vision of a Northwest Passage has kept the crewmen of The Terror trapped in Arctic ice for two years without a thaw. But the real threat to their survival isn’t the ever-shifting landscape of white, the provisions that have turned to poison before they open them, or the ship slowly buckling in the grip of the frozen ocean. 

The real threat is whatever is out in the frigid darkness, stalking their ship, snatching one seaman at a time or whole crews, leaving bodies mangled horribly or missing forever.


I’m late to the party with this read, I know, but The Terror just came onto my radar when I realized that AMC was turning it into a television show. I’m a…

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