Friday, 19 June 2009
This is not quite Stephanie Meyer standard but a close second. Although vampires and werewolves do feature in this novel, the main focus is on a group of Shadowhunter warriors that are trained to kill demons that inhabit our world and that normal "mundanes" cannot see. The protagonists are 15 - 17 so there is some teen angst, but on the whole the plot carries on at a pace through these parts and we are carried along with it. The book is edgy, and interesting in that it is based in a very urban setting, that of New York. It also is very funny in places, I love the Holy Water in the petrol tank of the vampire motorbikes, very clever! I think this shows great promise as a series, and I look forward to reading the rest.
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Monday, 15 June 2009
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Another great book in the series, this is the second, this time Thursday Next enters Great Expectations, saves the world, and fights to prevent the eradication from time of her husband Landen........ and there are some total belly laugh moments throughout! Nothing like taking on the classics!!
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Monday, 1 June 2009
My goodness what a novel. Why has this been missed for a prize? It is stunning, made all the more poignant in the wake of what is still happening in Sri Lanka now. Theo, a successful writer, returns to his native Sri Lanka, after the death of his Italian wife. This is a civilised man, a man who believes in hope, the future and a rational solution to all things, but as the Civil war re-emerges he is swept up into the centre of the conflict, where there is no rationale, just mindless retaliatory violence, hate, torture and death.
This is a disturbing novel, brilliantly written that stays with you long after you have read it. Her descriptions of the beauty of the landscape of Sri Lanka and the contrasting ugliness of inter racial hatred are superb.
I cannot wait to read her next books, watch this BLOG.
This will make an excellent reading group book. I am ordering copies now so they will be available soon in Bournemouth Libraries.
This is a great little book especially if you like puzzles and maths! I spent several hours before I solved the puzzle on page 28! I also learnt alot about mathematical theory! This is a Murder Mystery about a serial killer or is it? Do the crimes matter? It is the delicious attempt by a South American to unpick the social morees of middle England and at the same time attempt to solve a crime using theoretical mathematics as his guide!
I am looking forward to borrowing the film from the library and see what they made of it!
This is the second novel for Marina, after her very successful Glassblower of Murano ( see review below). This time the book is a straight historical novel. I really enjoyed it and would really recommend this as a holiday read this summer. It is a fictionalised account of how Amaretto may have been invented!
In the story a young widow in 1525, coming to terms with her loss and the realisation that she has an estate but no funds. Into her life comes a talented painter Bernadino, and a love story begins.
This would also make an interesting book group book, not least as it would be an excuse to sample Amaretto? Also it touches on themes of war, love, anti-semetism, and art.