Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – Book Review

This week on The Couch I travelled back in time to where science fiction was not so futuristic, minimalist, and shiny, but merely ‘sciencey’ made fictitious. I travelled with Prof. Aronnax upon a voyage to find a mysterious sea-monster. Upon getting thrown overboard in an attack, we discovered that the ‘monster’ was merely a marvellous…

Atonement – Book Review

While I write about The Couch as a place where we read and watch movies – and through them jump into alternate worlds and realities and have wild adventures – there is also another type of adventure/awesome discovery that the couch offers: the adventure of falling in love. The most cliched (and rightly so) adventure…

A Deadly Education – Book Review

I must first apologise for being a little reclusive for the past few weeks. I did indeed fall into a rabbit hole with Tom’s stories about Spooks and dark monsters, so much so that I forgot to post about them. One could say that I fell into the crack of The Couch. But I am…

The Spook’s Apprentice – Book Review

This week on The Couch I fell down the rabbit hole of an exciting world filled with darkness, witches, boggarts, and general nastiness in Joseph Delaney’s The Spook’s Apprentice. Meeting the book’s protagonist, Tom, I was wrapped up in an adventure like no other as I read all about the boy’s leaving home, becoming employed…

Fathoms – Book Review

This week on The Couch, I sat down with author and university tutor Rebecca Giggs and we chatted about a topic that I never realised could be so fascinating: whales. Whales are gorgeous creatures -we know this- but I for one never realised just how strong, long, and occasionally bizarre humanity’s relationship with whales is….