Review – The View From The Cheap Seats

This is a book that has been designed to be dipped into and read whatever takes your fancy over a long period of time, so of course, just to be contrary, I have read it in chronological order over a couple of weeks, as I borrowed it from the library. There are wondrous words and worlds contained within, the best being in the first and last quarters. The middle section contains introductions to various science fiction books and comics and it does help if you have a passing familiarity with the authors work (some of which I had never heard of).


Review – Furiously Happy

I found this book fairly difficulty to review as it didn't live up to my expectations. I had been told by others in the blogging community that they wet themselves laughing and it didn't have that effect on me. This is an amusing book, and I did chuckle to myself whilst reading the first few chapters. She is silly, irreverent and her husband is a saint but there was much hype to live up to maybe.

January and General Update

OK it has been months, and I think I went down with a bad case of blogger burnout. I got myself a little addicted to attracting new followers and page-views and reading books that I felt obligated to read and the love just fizzled out. So I am back but its going to be different around here. I have completely backed off from reading new books or books that I think I SHOULD read, and instead reading what I WANT to read. I think I will be writing far less book reviews and memes, I will try and keep the weekly updates and try and interact with the community and if I find a topic that interests me I will write a discussion post but only if I feel inspired. Overall I intend to blog for me, and although you, my lovely readers do matter, I have to feel inspired otherwise I am going write boring drivel , and who wants to read that?

Review – The Child Finder

This book has two main stories, the primary one of Naomi, the child finder, searching for Madison three years after her disappearance. As the reader we see both Naomi's investigation and child's perspective. Madison with only sketchy memories of before, feels herself to be a snow girl, created by her captor. There is also the story of Naomi, and the reason why she does what she does is that she is also a lost child, who was found. She has only very sketchy memories of what happened to her before she was found except her name, which she knew belonged to her.

Review – The Copenhagen Affair

This book is totally chick lit and this is not a genre that I usually read much. The fact that the protagonist is a recovering from a mental illness makes it more interesting by far though than your average romantic novel. The characters contained in this book are the second thing that puts this book above the average beach read.

Review -The Space Between Words

I really enjoyed this contemporary novel. It starts off with three American backpackers planning their last night in Paris which ends in disaster and the tale is told in the first person by the protagonist in the form of Jessica. We see how she copes with the aftermath of an event where she barely survived and how she processes guilt, grief and the traumatic stress of a survivor. This book also deals with the topic of platonic friendships between people of the opposite sex. Patrick is an exuberant and flamboyant character who has an eye for antiques and often finds valuable Objet d'art in flea markets and online auctions and he persuades Jessica to take one last trip and drive to the south of France after she is discharged from hospital, instead of heading back to her parents

Reading the Booker Longlist – Part 1

As I said back when the Man Booker Prize longlist was announced I am going to try and read as much of the longlist as I can before the winner is revealed in the middle of October. The longlist was announced on the 27th June and we will know the shortlist around the middle of September.

Two Weekly Update 7th to 20th August

This is a two weekly update as I have been firstly a bit unmotivated and secondly we have been down visiting my parents in Cornwall and enjoying the British summer time (of rain and occasional sunshine). We also went to St Ives not knowing that it was lifeboat day and the crowds where massive, but we did see the lifeboat launch.

Review – The Honey Farm on the Hill

I was in a bit of a reading slump and really not getting into any of the books I was reading. Then this arrived on my doorstep (courtesy of Bookbridgr and the Headline Publishing) and even though I normally steer clear of romance this book really got me absorbed almost instantly.

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