Archive for June, 2007

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Milk Glass Moon by Adriana Trigiani

In books read on June 15, 2007

I rejected Trigiani's earlier two books in favour of this one that sounded more interesting. Then I figured out while reading it that they were a series of three. I'll probably go back and read the first two at some point now.

The story spans about six years as the narrator's daughter ages from twelve to eighteen. I really liked the time span. A lot of books cover a very short period of time, a year, or several lifetimes. I can't remember reading many books covering a few years like this. The author has crammed tons into the story, some of which seems rather irrelevant (but which may make more sense in the contaxt of the two earlier books) but I liked it that way, it felt like a complete story.

Borrowed.

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Ripe for the Picking by Annie Hawes

In books read on June 13, 2007

I read Extra Virgin a few years back and enjoyed it so when I spotted this on the library shelf I picked it up for holiday reading. Story of everyday life in Liguria from a British point of view. Mostly about trying to get the house reroofed, which makes it sound terribly boring, but it's jam packed with little details that bring the whole neighbourhood to life.

Non fiction and fiction at the same time really (this Observer article shows that she doesn't exactly tell it like it is (not a bad thing)). I liked it and would like to read more books like it.

Borrowed.

2 copies of this book are available on BookMooch.

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Tomorrow by Graham Swift

In books read on June 11, 2007

A few months ago I read reviews of this book and thought it sounded good, but when I went to the library I picked up another Graham Swift book and didn't get past the first couple of pages. So I wasn't quite sure whether I'd like this or not.

I did like it. It's the internal monologue of a mother recounting events of her life during the night before the morning when she is going to reveal something important to her sixteen year old twin children. It's not really about the revelation - don't read it looking for mystery - it's more about the twists and turns that life takes and how things come to be concealed.

Borrowed.

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In links on June 8, 2007

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Flickr Pics 6th June 2007

on June 6, 2007 by kirsty

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What is Your Dangerous Idea? by John Brockman

In books read on June 3, 2007

A collection of short essays about the next "dangerous idea". Copernicus's idea that the earth went round the moon and Darwin's idea of evolution are given as the stock examples of ideas that were dangerous in the past. What will be proved true in the future that we would find difficult to believe today?

I found the articles to be very hit and miss. They variously seemed too obvious, too esoteric or barely worth mentioning. And too many were of the navel gazing "the idea of a dangerous idea is dangerous" or variations. One of the problems is that there are a lot of short articles and they've been arranged so that the themes follow on from one writer to the next; this makes for some degree of redundancy. There is a lot here that's interesting to read but the book as a whole wasn't gripping.

Borrowed.

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The Grave Tattoo by Val McDermid

In books read on June 2, 2007

I used to be a huge McDermid fan but my interest has waned as her books have got to be more bestsellers and less the kind of off beat thing I like. Having read a load of dreadful customer reviews of this book on Amazon though I feel inclined to defend the poor woman!

This story has a bit of a far fetched centerpiece to it's plot; but that's all it is, something to weave the story around. All that matters is that there are people searching the Lake District for some century and a half old documents. I thought the characters were pretty decent on the whole, some stereotypical, others not; some seemed a bit unnecessary. It's quite a slow paced story but to say "nothing happens" isn't fair, it's just not a fast moving thriller.

I enjoyed it; I'd rather have a Kate Brannigan or a Lindsay Gordon book; but I'd rather read this than the fast paced thriller that the Amazon reviewers seemed to be after.

Borrowed.

A copy of this book is available on BookMooch.

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Flickr Pics 1st June 2007

on June 1, 2007 by kirsty

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