Showing posts with label Reviews. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Reviews. Show all posts

Thursday, 30 May 2019


This has been my first Toni Morrison's read.  

With no back cover summary or prologue, LOVE by Toni Morrison was for me one of the hardest novels to understand, or review.

Though the language is beautiful and descriptions in-depth, it'll take you more than just a few pages to understand what LOVE is about, or whom it relates, and what's their connection.

There being no overview, let me help out:  LOVE has 7 chapters:  Portrait - Friend - Stranger - Benefactor - Lover - Husband - Guardian.  It centers around Bill Cosey, a highly respected and wealthy African American hotelier who at 52, married an 11 year old who also happened to be his granddaughter's best friend/playmate; Heed the Night.  Now, to confront love/life, the women in his life have to first confront each other.
Excerpts #1:
Girls like the place a lot.  Over iced tea with a clove in it, they join their friends to repeat what he said, describe what he did, and guess what he meant by any of it.  Like

He didn’t call me for three days and when I called him he wanted to get together right then.  

Monday, 19 November 2018

La Casa de Papel AKA Money Heist - Review

Ohh…where do I start?

No words can introduce the genius mastery of La casa de Papel or if you don’t understand Spanish, Money Heist.
Picture this.

A brilliant Professor (ALVARO MORTE) comes up with a grand master plan to execute the greatest money heist in history.

He picks 8 specialist criminals who don’t have much to lose and whose skills will come handy in pulling off the heist.  But, this is no ordinary heist.  Their purpose is to enter the Royal Mint of Spain (not to steal what’s there), but print their own untraceable money (2.4 Euros in total) over a couple of days, with the help of their hostages.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Book Review: 50 Cent's 50th LAW

50 Cent (Curtis Jackson) is a lot of things.  Rapper, Actor, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist.  An author is what you’d never expect him to be, until you read The 50th LAW, which is written in collaboration with Robert Greene.
Generally, the book ; The 50th LAW, is perceived as the ultimate guide to becoming a master strategist and supreme realist.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Marlon Wayans' #Marlon - TV Review

I Love Comedy

I mean, who doesn’t, especially if it has a Wayans’ in it?
Marlon, a 20 minutes comedy family show, features one of the funniest acts of 21st Century (Marlon Wayans) and greatest actress (Essence Atkins) - as a recently divorced couple working amicably in bringing up their two kids; Marley (Notlim Taylor) & Zack (Amir O’Neil).
Every cast member is a genius of their act:

MARLON; what better way to describe him than this loud, annoying, funny yet loving and caring ex husband, dad and friend.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

#WatchList: World of Dance

When J-LO meets Neyo, and the two link up with Derek Hough, you can be assured of only one thing.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Sci-Fi THE CROSSING - Review

Since it started airing on April 2nd, I haven’t missed an episode.

Maybe it’s because it got some science fiction in it, or that it has a strong story line, or that Reece is insanely lovable.

Visualize this:
A guy phones the police to report a body by the beach.  By the time cops get there, there are a few more bodies.  In no time, hundreds of bodies are floating all over the ocean, with a few survivors amidst them struggling to swim to the shore.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Dr Spencer Johnson's WHO MOVED MY CHEESE - Book Review

It’s one of the world’s most read, most loved, most celebrated and most insightful reads of all time - WHO MOVED MY CHEESE by Dr Spencer Johnson.

The short story is set in a maze where four characters (Sniff, Scurry, Hem & Haw) are looking for cheese.
May sound like a cheese and mice bedtime kind-of story but, what you may not realize is everything about it is a metaphor:

CHEESE is a metaphor for what we want in life- job, relationship, money, house, recognition, spiritual peace, freedom, health…

Friday, 9 March 2018


Forever Odd is a sequel to Odd Thomas (which I haven’t read yet) by Dean Koontz.

21 year old Odd Thomas wakes in the middle of the night to find he has company; Elvis Presley and Dr. Jessup (his friend’s father).
Such visitations mean one thing - the visitor has passed on and his/her spirit is lingering around, hesitant to move on, hoping that Odd Thomas will help.

Because he can see them, (through his gift of psychic magnetism) he acts as the bridge between life and death.  However, to exit this world, the spirits must go through this heart, which leaves it scarred and sore.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Issa Rae's #INSECURE - Review, Quotes & Dialogue

Her name is Issa Dee (Issa Rae). 

A young modern day intelligent black woman juggling work, friendships, relationship and insecurities.

She’s best friends with Molly (Yvonne Orji) - a highly successful lawyer and in a long term-relationship with Lawrence (Jay Ellis)

On her 29th birthday, she realizes that she has just 1 more year in her twenties, and has no more time for b******t any more.

…hence time to make some drastic changes, or rather mistakes…

INSECURE isn’t worth your loving. In the very least, it deserves your obsessing…but not if you get offended easily with ‘foul’ language a lil’ bit of nudity. 

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

The World’s Greatest Serial Killers - #BookReview

The book’s title is enough to compel you to pick and start reading it.  Even more compelling was it’s price; KSh. 100 at the Text Book Centre.
If you plan on adding it to your shelf, be ready to be shocked, intrigued, scared, disgusted and blown away by these stories; from the likes of Jack the Ripper to Ted Bundy and The Moor Murders.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Why There’s NO GLITZ & GLAMOUR on Kenyan Screens

"I’ve never been a fan of Kenyan TV Shows.

There’s nothing worth watching anyway.

Naming them is easy - Tausi, Inspekta Mwala, Mali, Mother-in-law, Mashtaka, Changes, Tahidi High, Auntie Boss, How to Find a Husband is listing their numerous flaws; flaws that hinder us from loving, celebrating and being loyal towards them:

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

#FLEABAG - A Disturbingly Funny Comedy you Got to be Watching

"You know that feeling when a guy you like sends you a text at two o’clock on a Tuesday night asking if he can come and find you, and you’ve accidentally made it out like you’ve just got in yourself, so you have to get out of bed, drink half a bottle of wine, get in the shower, shave everything, dig out some Agent Provocateur business - suspender belt, the whole bit - and wait by the door until the buzzer goes?  
And then you open the door to him like you’ve forgotten he’s coming over.  And then you get to it immediately.  After some pretty standard bouncing, you realize…he’s edging towards your a******e.  But you’re drunk and he made the effort to come all the way here, so you let him.  He’s thrilled!  And then the next morning, you wake, to find him, fully dressed, sat on the side of the bed, gazing at you.  He says that ‘last night was incredible’.  …which you think is an overstatement but then he goes on to say that ‘it was particularly special because I’ve never managed to actually up the bum with anyone before.  And although it’s always been a fantasy of mine, I’ve never found anyone I could do it with.’ (To be fair, he does have a large p***s).  And then, he touches your hair, and thanks you with a genuine earnest.  It’s sort of moving.  Then he kisses you gently, and then he leaves.  And you spend the rest of the day wondering, ‘Do I Have a Massive A******e?"

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

PAULO COELHO'S THE ALCHEMIST - Book Review, Quotations & Life Teachings

As one of the top rated, most read, most talked about and most translated books in history, The Alchemist also happens to be the hardest book to come across.  I had been looking for it for so many years and every time I asked a seller why they don’t have it, they’d lie that they had just sold out of.
But, when I finally got my hands on it, I had one question ringing in my head.  'What makes you so special?'

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

John Grisham's THE CLIENT - A Book Review

One of the benefits of growing up in a family with older siblings is you get exposed to a new world long before your peers do.  So while my 11 and 12 year old friends were being entertained by storybooks, I was falling in love with the likes of The River and the SourceThe Concubine and The Client.  That was over a decade ago.  Now, imagine my excitement when I came across the very same John Grisham’s THE CLIENT - hardcover version, to add to my collection…but not before letting my now very adult mind re-read it.
Story line is simple, young Mark Sway (11 year-old) and little brother Ricky (9 year-old) sneak to the woods to have a smoke.  Little do they know a very prominent lawyer (Jerome Clifford) has chosen the same woods to end his life.  Mark feels obliged to ‘help’ save his life.  Instead, he ends up witnessing the traumatic suicide and becoming Romey’s last confidant (now he knows who killed a ‘missing’ Louisiana senator and where the body is buried - information that everyone, from the mob to the FBI and the media, is dying for).

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

#KCBLionsDen - Worth the Buzz or Not?

After a three month hiatus, I’M BACK!

This time, it’s all about my views, concerns, praise and critique for the just premiered KCB Lions Den TV show on NTV.

Friday, 27 May 2016

#CONCUSSION - A Personal Film Review

Concussion - the film that sent Jada Pinkett Smith over the edge after the film's lead actor, hubby Will Smith, failed to be nominated for an Oscar.

Why wasn't he, or it nominated?
Concussion is film based on real life events - a story of a highly educated Nigerian forensic pathologist - Bennett Omalu (has a medical degree from the University of Nigeria, masters in public health and epidemiology and masters in theory of music). His life is suddenly changed when he performs an autopsy on a former NFL player and discovers he had severe brain damage which caused the player (Mike Webster) to become homeless at 50, self mutilate, forget things, start hearing voices and become violent, among other things.

Friday, 1 April 2016

JANE the VIRGIN (Review) - More than just a Telenovela

It's the most hilarious, very unrealistic, fun and free-spirited telenovela you'll ever watch. Though adopted from a Venezuelan soap opera Juana la Virgen (used to air on Kiss TV, then going by some other name I can’t recall), Jane the Virgin is very different and is certainly on another level - well, apart from the usual telenovela drama; the yelling, crying and scheming.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016


You know when someone asks that you meet up at a certain place, but by them being African, they don't show up on time, so you have to come up with an activity to fill time? Myself, I like finding a place where I can check out books…and that's basically the story behind my last read, ' Full Dark, No Stars' by Stephen King.

It encompass five short stories; 1922, Big Driver, Fair Extension, A Good Marriage and Under the Weather.
1922 - I have to say this was my favorite, coz it's a story that so easy to relate to - at least in the current African context. So this guy, Wilfred, learns that his wife, Arlette, has inherited 100 acres of land from her dead father. Being a farmer and owner of 80 acres, he's excited that he'll soon own 180. But, Arlette wants to sell everything and move to the city. After failing to talk her out of it, or at least reason with her, he talks their teenage son into killing her and getting rid of the body - which they do - and just like that, he becomes the sole owner of 180 acres of land. What they don't know is that, superstitious or not, the murdered always have a way of haunting and hunting down their killers.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

SPEAK OF THE DEVIL by Jenna Black - Book Review

Reading has always been my thing. My love for books is so unbiased that I constantly find myself reading books, articles and stories that many dismiss at first sight. Not that I'm calling Jenna Black's Speak of the Devil dreary (that would be too harsh and mean), or interesting (that would be a big lie), but, it's a good book, worth reading---though it took me forever to finish (not sure whether that's because I am lazy, or because I wasn't that much into it).

Speak of the Devil tells a story of probably the world's most powerful exorcist; Morgan Kingsley. Despite her prowess in the business, she loses her license or rather has her license suspended after some rich guy sues hefor 'killing' his son during an exorcism. Basically, the book is about her trying to get the guy to drop the charges and well, find who's behind it all. Quite simple right? But here's the thing, her real enemy is no human but rather a demon she forcefully exorcised.

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