Archive for June, 2011

Disputed Land

Disputed Land by Tim Pears

In books read on June 30, 2011

This as your basic family Christmas tale really. You know the family are going to fall out, disagree or generally annoy each other and it's unlikely to have a super happy group-hug type of ending. The story is narrated by 13 year old Theo as his extended family gather at his grandparents for Christmas 2008. The underlying conceit is that he's narrating the story from 50 years after the events take place. On the whole I liked the book but didn't think it was anything particularly special. The "50 years time" device is happily underplayed - too much of it would have annoyed me - but perhaps it's so lightly done that it barely needs to be there and I didn't really feel it added anything to the story in the end. A good four star book, but I'd have liked it to have been better.

This was a kindle eBook.

The Road Home

The Road Home by Rose Tremain

In books read on June 26, 2011

I've read the book, but not yet written anything down about it. Check back later (maybe!).

This was a kindle eBook.


Tea Outside

Flickr Pics 26th June 2011

on June 26, 2011 by kirsty

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Birthday Sampler Quilt Blocks I

Flickr Pics 22nd June 2011

on June 22, 2011 by kirsty

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Flickr Pics 21st June 2011

on June 21, 2011 by kirsty

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

In books read on June 17, 2011

I was initially put off by the whimsical title. It does suit the book though. A tale about immediate post-war Guernsey told in letters that it's really difficult not to compare to 84, Charing Cross Road even though it must be about 25 years since I read that book. Entertaining, unchallenging, enjoyable. Not what I'd want from every book I read but I think this one deserves it's popularity.

This was a kindle eBook.


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Flickr Pics 16th June 2011

on June 16, 2011 by kirsty

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Naked in Death (In Death, #1)

Naked in Death (In Death, #1) by J.D. Robb

In books read on June 15, 2011

I'm up to R in my alphabetical challenge to read a book by a new author beginning with each letter of the alphabet this year. I turned down several good candidates for R authors to read this. Never mind - nothing stopping me reading the other R books I had my eye on. I decided to give this a whirl as I've been ignoring the ever growing JD Robb shelf in the middle of every bookshop's crime section for years now. This seemed like a good opportunity to see if my feeling that these books weren't something I'd really enjoy was right or not.

I expected romance with my crime, as Robb also writes romances as Nora Roberts, and hoped it would be okay, as well as science fiction which I thought would probably be awful. Science fiction wise - yes, apparently it's 2058 but it feels like 1995 with extra voice controls, off planet living, a US gun ban and flying cars - about what I expected but then I'm never happy with science fiction. Romance - I was expecting this aspect of the story to be passable but all I can really say for it is that it could have been worse. Crimewise it wasn't a bad story at all and I don't think it pulled any "oh but we can do this in the future" sci-fi deus ex machina tricks. I quite took to Eve, the central detective, as a character. But no, overall it's definitely not my kind of thing and I won't be reading any further in the series.

This was a kindle eBook.


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Flickr Pics 11th June 2011

on June 11, 2011 by kirsty

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Every Last One: A Novel. Anna Quindlen

Every Last One: A Novel. Anna Quindlen by Anna Quindlen

In books read on June 8, 2011

I picked this up to read mostly because I have got to Q in my challenge where I'm trying to read a new author beginning with every letter of the alphabet. I'd seen earlier books by Anna Quindlen on my search that looked quite interesting so I got the latest one without knowing anything about it and wasn't expecting anything particularly special. Then it turned out the book was all over the place as one of Richard & Judy's book choices of the summer. (On the whole I think R&J come up with a decent selection of interesting books, not all to my taste and the odd one that looks like a terrible clunker to me (one man's poison...) but I find it an interesting selection to peruse if not necessarily to read.)

It's definitely a book to read without knowing too much about what happens. It reminded me of authors like Anita Shreve and Jodi Picoult. Small town American family life with added disaster/trauma. I thought the author did a good job of the characters, their interactions, reactions to situations, motivations and what-not. I can see why it's a book that some people would write off with a 1-star review and others will rave about with a 5-star review which would make me hesitant to recommend it. Personally I thought it all worked and I'm glad I knew very little of the story before I started reading. For me it was a moving read but stopped somewhere short of fabulous.

This was a paperback.

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