Fez Inkwright’s Folk Magic and Healing now has a darker sibling! Botanical Curses and Poisons looks at the folklore and science behind evil, cursed, and poisonous plants in a book just as beautiful as its companion.Continue reading “Review: Botanical Curses and Poisons”
This flap-filled history book is the most stunning kids’ non-fiction book I’ve ever seen. I would have swooned for it as a child, and I’m really looking forward to sharing it with my son when he’s older!
This huge, stunningly illustrated hardback book is definitely one to put on Christmas lists for history-loving kids!
A rare non-fiction review for you today! Monster, She Wrote takes a fun but informative look at the legacy of female science fiction and horror writers across history.
Wild Swans is one of the books that has had the most impact on me in my life. I read it as a teenager and it blew my mind that there was all this history that I’d never been taught about, and it showed the impact of these huge historical events, so easy to sweep over in a paragraph or two in a textbook, on individuals in a heartbreaking, personal way. Since then, I’ve faithfully read everything else by Jung Chang, and I was over the moon to have the chance to review her newest book, Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister.
Many Comic Cons past, I fell in love with the art of Fez Inkwright (@rosdottir on Twitter), who combines beautiful art with folklore and witchiness, and is also a hugely sweet person. I have several pieces of her art up around my house, and I also bought her self-published book, Folk Magic and Healing: An Unusual History of British Plants. So I was thrilled when the last time I saw her, she told me it had been picked up by a publisher for a swanky expanded, hardback release – and even more thrilled when Liminal 11 offered me the chance to review the new edition!
So, embarrassing story time: I thought I’d put this review up ages ago! But here it is, sitting in my drafts… Anyway, this is one of the most unusual books I’ve read, a guide to exactly how Captain Nemo’s famous submarine, the Nautilus, could have been built.
You know I’m a sucker for a herbal, right?
I was so lucky to win a copy of this amazing book from Duckworth Books, as I’m a big fan of Eleanor Herman’s writing, and I love learning about the history of early medicine and cosmetics – especially when they’re actually poisonous!
Another non-fiction read today! I jumped at the chance to review Harmony Nice’s Wicca, as I’m so interested in witchcraft – both the history of witches and the application of it in today’s world. This book is a beginner’s guide to Wicca, aimed firmly at the teen crowd, but it’s got a lot of good stuff in it!