Tag: Riga

Janis Jonevs – Doom 94 | Review

Title: Doom 94

Author: Janis Jonevs

Type: Fiction/Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 258

Rating 4.5/5

 

 

This book was fantastic for two simple reasons objectively, because it’s different, and subjectively, because it reflected my own childhood. It turns out that the Latvian city of Jelgava in the mid-nineties had a lot in common with the British town of Tamworth in the mid-2000s.

As you’ve probably guessed from that, Jonevs is a Latvian, and I actually met him at a party/networking event when I was invited to Riga to learn more about Latvian literature. This book wasn’t out at the time, at least not in English, but I’d heard enough about it to think that I was going to like it. I just didn’t expect to like it this much.

It’s basically a coming of age story, following Jonevs and his fellow metalheads as they finish up at school, discover drink, drugs and cigarettes and get into the Latvian metal scene. I hadn’t heard of most of the bands, of course, but there were mentions here and there of those that I had heard of. Kurt Cobain’s suicide plays a part in the plot and there were shoutouts for bands like My Dying Bride, Mayhem and Burzum. There was even a mention for Cynic, who are probably my favourite out of all of the heavier bands that Jonevs talked about. How Could I? and Veil of Maya in particular.

The only reason for 4.5/5 and not 5/5 is that there were a few typos.

 

 

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Luize Pastore – Dog Town | Review

Title: Dog Town

Author: Luize Pastore

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 190

Rating: 4*/5

 

Luize Pastore - Dog Town

Luize Pastore – Dog Town

 

This book is cute, a sort of middle grade/children’s book that follows the story of a young boy and an army of talking dogs as they try to protect their local area from being redeveloped into a concrete jungle. It’s also set in Riga, and it’s written, illustrated and translated by Latvians and published in English, making it a cool way to introduce kids to a different culture through the form of a badass adventure.

In fact, it’s the illustrations in this book which are the best part of it. They’re done by Reinis Petersons, a very talented illustrator who I was lucky enough to meet and who drew a fridge magnet for me. They really help to bring the story to life and I was particularly happy with the maps that are included because they also form a part of the story. It does a great job of making you feel as though you’re really in Riga, and it’s also just a pretty good kids’ book. It’s aesthetically pleasing, too.

 

Luize Pastore

Luize Pastore

 

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