Archive for February, 2008

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The Act of Roger Murgatroyd by Gilbert Adair

In books read on February 3, 2008

Here's another book I thought I'd like but couldn't get going with. I picked it up at the library to read over Christmas - it's an Agatha Christie pastiche sort of a thing, set in a snowed in manor on Boxing Day. I gave it 50 pages to grab me before I took it back to the library on a snowy February weekend. It delivered on about page 45 and turned into another book I wanted to read to the end without putting it down.

It's full of clever word plays and insights into the Christie stereotypes, but mostly I feel like I probably missed a lot of them. I wonder if I'd have been just as happy reading a real Agatha Christie and not worrying about what was going over my head. It was fun alright, but I felt that was mostly because the genre it's taking the mickey out of is fun rather than being fun in its own right.

Borrowed.

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The Snowman IIThe Snowman I

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Flickr Pics 2nd February 2008

on February 2, 2008 by kirsty

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The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie OFarrell

In books read on February 1, 2008

I'd read something good about this book somewhere (good memory I have there...) and grabbed a copy of it on BookMooch. I picked it up on several occassions and read the first few pages without getting interested in it at all. I decided to give it one last try before putting the book back onto BookMooch.

For the first thirty odd pages the book is an odd mix of a contemporary story set in Edinburgh and an older story set in colonial India. I was bored by this and it was only once the stories connected up that the book really began to grab me. And when it did it really grabbed me and I could hardly put it down. Iris, from the contemporary story, discovers that her great aunt, Esme Lennox of the colonial India story, is being thrown out of a mental institution after 60 years. A great story of family secrets and history and a very moving story.

BookMooched.

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On Stage

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Flickr Pics 1st February 2008

on February 1, 2008 by kirsty

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