I don’t often read 600 pages in a day, but when I do I’m sat by a pool in 85 degree heat and it’s a book starring FitzChivalry Farseer. An incredibly welcome return to the world of Fitz and the Fool (how I’ve missed them!) sees us catch up with Fitz – now Tom Badgerlock – decades after their last outings. Now in his sixties, even if he looks half that thanks to the super skill healing he received last time around, Tom has settled comfortably into marriage with his wife Molly and her large family. But life changes for […]
Shout-outs are due here to Mswas Saws for recommending this, and to Is for buying it for me, therefore gifting me with one of my new favourite books. I read this in two sittings, only reluctantly putting it down for a short time while I ate and then being gutted on finishing it that I wouldn’t be spending any more time in this glorious world (it definitely has more than a few re-reads in its future). Our not too distant future is as depressing as you might already suspect it will be. With reality truly sucking, most people spend their […]
In our house, we tend to purchase hard copies of most of the books we read, as opposed to, say, going to the library or downloading digital versions. So I wish I could say I bought Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore in a quaint neighborhood bookstore, nestled between an independent coffee house and and an artisanal cheese shop. The truth is, though, that I bought it online during a “half price on used hardcovers” promotion. Then again, since this tale merges a world steeped in tradition with the high-tech sector, perhaps my path to acquisition was perfectly appropriate. In Mr. Penumbra […]
I was inspired to write this review by this tweet. YA is an interesting genre. Nix’s previous books (which I adore) have given us a very typical YA heroines. They are morally clear, they have self doubt which they work through, and they are generally good. In Clariel – which a lot of Nix fans didn’t like – we don’t get that. Clariel is a prequel to Sabriel – Nix’s first “Old Kingdom” book. It’s set a couple of hundred years in the past. Clariel is related to the Abhorsens and the King. She is a child of privilege. Her […]
I have been trying to figure out what I want to say about this book for literally months now, and I just can’t do it. I give up. The amount of things I want to say are all swirling around in my brain and getting mixed up with each other, and everything is coming out all garbled whenever I try, so I give up and am now officially half-assing this review in a stream of consciousness manner with no regards for structure, and I am no longer going to worry about trying to say everything I want to. Dill with it. This […]
Blah blah Cozy Mystery blah blah comfort reading blah blah here we are again.
Eve is a crime reporter for iWitness News, and in her zeal for getting scoops has found herself getting the attention of a serial killer with a penchant for staging very public and gruesome ‘exhibitions’. Juggling caring for her father, who has dementia, with her job, Eve is soon drawn into the killer’s game, putting her ethics on the back burner and giving him the airtime he craves, while putting herself into more and more danger as the ‘game’ progresses. Death wants to claim his maiden, and the maiden just might let him… A fairly decent thriller, this was incredibly […]
Laurie Halse Anderson’s award-winning YA novels set during the American Revolution are superb. Not only does she get her history correct — with fascinating detail about daily life for wealthy and working classes, Loyalists and Patriots, city life and army camp life — but she also provides narrators whose perspectives are unique and provocative. Isabel and Curzon are slaves. Each brings a different view of the revolution and what it means for them as slaves. The three novels take the reader from May of 1776, when the British are about to invade New York, through the harsh winter of 1777-78 at […]