A site for bibliophiles like me, and indophiles, and all those interested in TIME – the philosophy of time, the physics of time, the past, the future, time travel, time-slips, alternative universes, reincarnation (ETC!)

I travel a lot, and read whenever and wherever, and like writing reviews, especially long discursive ones. I started years ago with Medieval Mysteries, but my interests are much wider than that, as anyone who glances through the Categories list here will see. As second-hand bookstalls and shops bring out the shopaholic in me quite as irresistibly as any clothes or accessories boutique, I shan’t be writing reviews only of new books, but of books that are still, and will always be, as good as or better than anything on this week’s bestseller list.

When I am not lost in one of the many thousands of alternative worlds created by writers of fiction, my main interests (in this world) are, firstly, the Far East, especially India, Burma and Thailand; Hinduism (but not so much Buddhism, which anyway is really only a branch, an off-shoot, of Hinduism), reincarnation, and yoga. And then various other esoteric pursuits such as shamanism and witchcraft, palmistry, and certain aspects of astrology, such as the Moon Signs, which I believe in implicitly, and will post a series of articles on, one dealing with each sign. (Actual horoscopes I still don’t really understand, especially in jyotish, Vedic (Indian) astrology.)

And then there is TIME. I love to read about Time – time-travel stories, time-slip stories, stories of reincarnation, and books about reincarnation and time travel, and “WHAT IS TIME?” , the only branch of philosophy that ever grabbed me at university – and still grabs me! “Time doesn’t pass, we pass through time.” Doesn’t that make you think, doesn’t it bring out the philosopher in you?

23 responses

18 01 2011
Dr. Paul Doherty

I hope you will be pleased to know that I am presently working on the next Athelstan novel and it should be published later this year. That is in addition to several other projects I am working on at the moment. I am also due to appear on a National Geographic programme about Elizabeth I due to be broadcast on Tuesday, 25 January 2011 in the US. Enjoy your reading!

Dr. Paul Doherty

19 01 2011
Kanti Burns

I am delighted. And thanks very, very much for letting us know – “us” because I’ll spread the good news in the next MedievalMysteries.com newsletter.

20 05 2011
Big Brenda

Hi Kanti! I love your blog but what happened to the reviews of books on India and yoga and so on? And more about time travel PLEASE!

22 05 2011
Kanti Burns

Hi Brenda. You are absolutely right. India coming up. And yoga. And time, too, I promise, when I have some.

21 03 2013
Thomas Hay

You might like my time travel story. “An Abduction Revelation”, inspired by some true life events of the author (me). Will offer a comp copy for review.

27 03 2013
Kanti Burns

Yes, I’d like to read that. Sorry not to have got back to you before.

16 08 2013
Thomas Hay

Haven’t heard from you. Email me if yr still wanting to read “An Abduction Revelation”. bornready@att.net

16 08 2013
kevin bradley

A matter of time by glen cook Millennium by John Varley Timelike Infinity by Stephen Baxter Cowl By Neal Asher

16 08 2013
Kanti Burns

Thanks, Kevin. I’ll have a look at these.

4 10 2013
Glyn Iliffe

Hi Kanti
You reviewed my first novel, King of Ithaca, a couple of years back and kindly gave it a positive review. Would you be interested in considering the fourth in the series, The Oracles of Troy, as I’d be very happy to send you a preview version if you are?
Thanks you for your previous review.
Best wishes,
Glyn Iliffe

8 10 2013

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22 12 2014
Vivian Copeland

Your interest in time was what attracted me to this blog. I like thinking about it as well, although I wish I had a stronger grounding in physics to really understand the current thinking on what time actually is. Fascinating topic.

19 01 2015

Just followed your blog. Be sure to check mine out as well @ http://pocketsfullofloveblog.wordpress.com/

15 02 2015
Jet Black

Hi: I hope this message finds you well. I would love for you to review my debut erotic mystery “Stunt.” Here is a description:

CEO and ex-OSI agent Ricky Stunt must moonlight in the seedy adult film world to search for the truth after his fiance Denise is murdered. To find her killer he will do whatever it takes, even if it means screwing his way to the top. But can Stunt find the murderer before the people at his day job discover what he’s been up to at night? It’s Kill Bill meets Boogie Nights in this erotic thrill ride full of sex, action, and revenge.


Jet Black

21 02 2015

Hello Kanti Burns. My name is J.L./Jai Elle Mitchell. I found your name on bookbloggerlist.com for book reviews.
I have two books in the series and plan the final third to be published later this year. The series is about four women turned jewel thieves now out of the business. Now that they’re out, they find love, and though they were never caught, their past is back to haunt them.

I know you’re busy, so I’m requesting a review of book two in the series, Diamonds And Deceit. It is on Amazon. Below is the synopsis.
Necessity made Shelbie Gilbrad a prostitute and thief, the thrill kept her in the business. But now she’s in trouble and doesn’t see it coming, which is odd because Shelbie’s been plagued by visions her entire life.
As a self-made billionaire bent on revenge, Dagan Hunter Caulfield has resigned himself of never recovering the rare green, teardrop diamond necklace. He’s moved on. His plan to surprise the woman he’s falling for, gets him the shock of his life.
Shelbie and Dagan’s worlds collide and neither will ever be the same. Yet outside forces pit them against one another, putting their lives in danger. Can he forgive her past? Can she save the man she loves?

Thank you for your time and consideration.

25 02 2015

Hi Kanti, I’d like you consider my book for review. It’s a fun, new mystery that follows a sardonic HR executive who moonlights as a private detective. It’s a fast read and fresh take on the classic detective novel. Thanks for considering! Paul

26 02 2015
Agostino Scafidi (@AgostinoScafidi)

eBook or Audiobook Review Request – Fancy Pants Poetry Volume Two

Hello Kanti, I found your blog on The Book Blogger List. I’m promoting my eBook and Audiobook titled Fancy Pants Poetry Volume Two. Would you consider reviewing either?

Cover img at 800x1170px:

Cover by: Samantha Scafidi

A departure from the original instalment, although not so far out that the reader will be blindsided. Volume Two is not just more of the same poetry, yet at the same time it is. It’s not as dark and cynical as the original, yet there are still such moments to be had. You’ll discover poems showcasing a wider range of emotions, extracting new and fresh colours from the palette of life.

56 pgs
Feb 16 2015
ISBN (eBook) 978-0-9936659-4-3
ISBN (Audiobook) 978-0-9936659-5-0

Agostino Scafidi. Montreal, Canada.

Where readers can purchase my eBook:
It comes in mobi, epub, pdf, and doc along with the cover image.

Where listeners can purchase my Audiobook:
It comes in your choice of Flac, various Mp3 formats, as well as other audio formats.

To download either the eBook or Audiobook version of Fancy Pants Poetry Volume Two for your review, email me: agostinoscafidi[at]gmail[dot]com

Sample for you and your readers:

Thank you!

27 02 2015
Kanti Burns

Hi Agostino, I looked at the sample and I’m afraid it’s not my kind of thing. Sorry. Best wishes, Kanti.

27 02 2015

My good friend, Louis Alan Swartz, published a book of poetry called “Constructed of Magic and Other Poems on the Immortality of the Human Spirit”. Louis spent a great deal of time in India. Here is an excerpt from his bio:
I went to India in 1966. I spent time with people at all levels of
​​society. I drank tea with villagers in tiny villages, talked to shop
​​keepers and children and teachers, taxi drivers and tailors.
​​I was struck, above all, by one single fact. There was one
​​common belief, actually certainty that came up again and
​​again. This was the certainty that they had lived before
​​and they would live again. This was entirely matter-of-fact.
​​It was like, doesn’t everybody know this? You die. They burn
​​your body and you move on. This fascinated me. I wanted to know more.

Where do you come from? Where do you go. What are you aware of. I
​​studied, I asked questions, I listened. I studied more. I listened
​​more. ​​This study has gone on through my entire life. These poems are
​​about things I saw and things I learned that I felt were worth
​​ _________________________________

I think you will really enjoy this book. May I send you a copy to review?

27 02 2015
Kanti Burns

Hi Lisa,
Yes, of course. A PDF version will do. Send it to me at kanti@fmgirl.com
Best wishes,

27 02 2015

Thank you Kanti! I just emailed it to you now. :)

26 05 2015
Ace Varkey

Hi Kanti,

My first mystery, “The Girl who went Missing,” came out on April 23rd. It is set in Mumbai, India, and though it has mystery written all over it, there is a sliver of romance as well. I wrote it to entertain readers but at the same time I wanted to highlight a socially pressing topic.

While it’s never easy to convert a 245 page (89,616 words) novel into a few paragraphs, here is the synopsis:
When June Warner arrives in India to visit her sister Thalia, a trip to take her mind off her jilted engagement, she is greeted by the bright hot chaos of Mumbai but not her sister. She goes to the YMCA where Thalia is staying, only to find that she is not there.
Convinced that Thalia’s no-show is a sign that she is in danger, June begins a desperate search for her younger sister.
Police Commissioner Oscar D’Costa, scarred by the tragedies of his past, swears he will never again ignore his gut instinct when it comes to a missing girl. And with more and more dead foreign women being found in his precinct, he becomes convinced a conspiracy is at play.
Through the two worlds of American naiveté and Indian chaos, they must find the girl who went missing.
If this interests you, I would be delighted to send you a copy that is Kindle friendly. I do have some reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, if you choose to read them. Finally, I don’t have a time frame for a review; you get to it when you get to it.

Thank you so much,
Ace Varkey
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11 11 2015
John Draper

Title: A Danger to God Himself
Author: John Draper
Publisher: Kindle Direct Publishing
Publication date: Nov. 2015
Genre: Literary fiction
Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Danger-God-Himself-John-Draper/dp/1518881092/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1447252340&sr=8-1&keywords=a+danger+to+god+himself


My name is John Draper. I’m hoping you might be willing to review my first novel, A Danger to God Himself. It is not a relligious book. It is literary fiction and a satire of religious certainty. It’s the story of a Mormon missionary who goes insane on his mission. Here is the back cover blurb:

Mormon missionary/onetime hedonist Kenny Feller has realized that God isn’t about to give him an ounce of the miracle power he needs to succeed on his mission—as promised! What’s more, he’s concluded that, frankly, people aren’t worth the trouble. Then his new junior companion shows up—the wisecracking Jared Baserman—and immediately starts hearing heavenly voices and seeing fantastic visions. For Kenny, it is immediately clear that God has sent Jared to propel him into Mormon Manhood.

But Kenny’s not the only person who takes note. Interests both virtuous and malevolent cozy up to Kenny and Jared, eager to make use of Jared’s gifting. At first, Kenny takes this as a sign that his perceptions of Jared are spot on. God is using Jared.

But something’s not quite right.

Specifically, why in the hell would God choose someone as slope-shouldered as Jared—someone so unreligious, so strange—to be a channel for His supernatural power? He doesn’t even read the Book of Mormon. Plus he smells funny. As their tracting grows fruitless and Jared’s messages grow more bizarre, Kenny begins to wonder: Is Jared really touched by God?

And, if so, does God know what He’s doing?

A Danger to God Himself is a scathing takedown of religious certainty, a life-affirming tale set in 1970s Washington state—equal parts spiritual road map and coming-of-age tale.

I’d be happy to send you a copy for your review.

Thanks for your time.

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