Orphan Black, Season 4, Episode 3, “The Stigmata of Progress”

Tatiana Maslany stars as Rachel in Episode 3 of BBC America's Orphan Black

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Today we’re seeing a little progress–seeing sort of being the lead here in Orphan Black.  Let’s see what ‘s ahead in Episode 3, Shall we?   Rachel’s artificial eye being adjusted. …

Source: Orphan Black, Season 4, Episode 3, “The Stigmata of Progress”

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BOOK REVIEW: The Natural Way Of Things by Charlotte Wood

The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood

The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood
Publication date: October 1, 2015
Genres: Literary Fiction


She hears her own thick voice deep inside her ears when she says, ‘I need to know where I am.’ The man stands there, tall and narrow, hand still on the doorknob, surprised. He says, almost in sympathy, ‘Oh, sweetie. You need to know what you are.’

Two women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in a broken-down property in the middle of nowhere. Strangers to each other, they have no idea where they are or how they came to be there with eight other girls, forced to wear strange uniforms, their heads shaved, guarded by two inept yet vicious armed jailers and a ‘nurse’. The girls all have something in common, but what is it? What crime has brought them here from the city? Who is the mysterious security company responsible for this desolate place with its brutal rules, its total isolation from the contemporary world? Doing hard labour under a sweltering sun, the prisoners soon learn what links them: in each girl’s past is a sexual scandal with a powerful man. They pray for rescue — but when the food starts running out it becomes clear that the jailers have also become the jailed. The girls can only rescue themselves.

The Natural Way of Things is a gripping, starkly imaginative exploration of contemporary misogyny and corporate control, and of what it means to hunt and be hunted. Most of all, it is the story of two friends, their sisterly love and courage.





DISCLAIMER: This book/eBook being reviewed was purchased independently and is a part of my private library. I have in no way been compensated for this review.

I picked up this book after having several people recommend it. All of them had said they couldn’t put the book down. Was this the case for me? Yes, it was.

While I couldn’t put The Natural Way of Things down, it was still a difficult read. The content matter is tough to digest, dealing with the abduction of several women and their subsequent horrendous treatment. however, it is certainly worth the read.

You never quite find out exactly why the women were abducted beyond the fact they were being punished for their discretions. However, there comes a point in this novel where the reader no longer cares why they were taken. Instead you become completely involved in their survival. It is not normal for me to not even care for the why leading up to a story’s events, but somehow Charlotte Wood managed to do it and for that I am eternally grateful as it adds a dimension to the story that is normally missing from these sorts of novels.

Overall, I am giving The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood 5 out of 5 stars.


Author Charlotte Wood

[Photo credit: Wendy McDougall]

Charlotte Wood is the author of five novels and a book of non-fiction, and for three years edited The Writer’s Room Interviews magazine. The Natural Way of Things won the 2016 Indie Book of the Year and Indie Fiction Book of the Year prizes, was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, and longlisted for the Miles Franklin. It will soon be published in the UK , North America and Europe.



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Game of Thrones Season 6 Premiere: Episode 1 Recap, “The Red Woman”

HBO Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 1 The Red Woman Tyrion and Varys walking

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Just in case you didn’t know, HBO wants you to know Jon Snow is dead. And Melisandre is super magical. Just don’t try and put the two together or anything…

Here’s what went down in Episode 1 (entitled “The Red Woman”) of the Season 6 premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones: So, just in case we didn’t notice, HBO reassures us that Jon Snow …

Source: Game of Thrones Season 6 Premiere: Episode 1 Recap, “The Red Woman”

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Fear the Walking Dead, Season 2, Episode 3, “Ouroboros”

Frank Dillane stars as Nick in EPisode 3 of Season 2 of AMC's Fear The Walking Dead.jpg

Here’s what happen when the teenagers revolt in episode 3 of AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead Season 2.

Here we are at Episode 3 of Fear the Walking Dead, and at last we learn the outcome of something some of us followed over the winter–   “Please place your tray tables and zombies in thei…

Source: Fear the Walking Dead, Season 2, Episode 3, “Ouroboros”

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BOOK REVIEW: A Girl Called Wolf by Stephen Swartz

A Girl Called Wolf by Stephen Swartz

A Girl Called Wolf by Stephen Swartz
Publication date: December 9, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction


Ice and snow are all 12 year old Anuka knows outside the hut in Greenland where she was born. When her mama dies, Anuka struggles to survive. The harsh winter forces her to finally journey across the frozen island to the village her mama always feared.

But the people of the village don’t know what to do with this girl. They try to educate and bring her into the modern world, but Anuka won’t make it easy for them. She sees dangers at every turn and every day hears her fate echoing in her mama’s voice.

Her mama gave her that name for a reason. She is A GIRL CALLED WOLF who searches for the place where she belongs, a destination always just out of reach, on a path she will always make her own.





DISCLAIMER: The books/eBooks being reviewed were provided free of charge in return for an honest review.

To be honest, I first picked this book up after reading the blurb and deciding the book might be similar to Jean M. Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear series. It’s not. However, I still thoroughly enjoyed A Girl Called Wolf.

Right from the very start, the author manages to captivate the reader with the simplistic view of the small world of Anuka. As Anuka grows and matures, so does the narrative. The reader gets to grow and evolve alongside Anuka as her life journey takes her such a far, far way away from where she was born.

While the narrative is wonderful, there is one part of the story that lost me a little. Without giving away the story, Anuka ends up in a situation that results in her changing her whole life. This event is actually glossed over with the story jumping dramatically to further on in the character’s life. I would have loved to have been involved in this event–harrowing as it was–because the jump tends to throw you out of the story and for a short time you are less engaged in why Anuka changed her life so dramatically. However, the story does quickly catch up and the reader finds themselves engaged once more in a story that is hard to put down.

This story is actually based on a real person although some parts of the story have been given creative license.

Overall, I am giving A Girl Called Wolf by Stephen Swartz 4.5 out of 5 stars. (Rounding it up to 5 stars for Amazon and GoodReads.)


Author Stephen SwartzStephen Swartz grew up in Kansas City where he was an avid reader of science-fiction and quickly began emulating his favorite authors. Since then, Stephen studied music in college and, like many writers, worked at a wide range of jobs: from French fry guy to soldier, to IRS clerk to TV station writer, before heading to Japan for several years of teaching English. Now Stephen is a Professor of English at a university in Oklahoma, where he teaches many kinds of writing. He still can be found obsessively writing his latest manuscript, usually late at night. He has only robot cats.




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