I travel a lot, and read whenever and wherever, and like writing reviews, especially long discursive ones. I started years ago with the late, lamented Medieval Mysteries.com, 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, and Moon Signs – a part of astrology that really works for me.
And 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 (apart from Philosophy of Religion) 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?
ADDED IN DECEMBER 2018
I still read a lot of novels but no longer have the time or the enthusiasm to write a review of even all the good stories I read. I also read a lot of poetry (more and more, I find, as the years go by) and that will be my main focus here on this blog from now on: sharing poems I like and posting reviews of collections of poems as well as the occasional review of a novel and posts and shares on other topics that catch my eye.
SO – if you have written a poem you think I might like to post on this blog, or have published a collection of poems you would like reviewed, you are welcome to submit them to me by email. BUT please no more unsolicited novels …