Archive for November, 2011

White Nights (Shetland Quartet #2)

White Nights (Shetland Quartet #2) by Ann Cleeves

In books read on November 29, 2011

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

This was a kindle eBook.

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Through the keyholeFighting a dalek in another worldOff to relative dimensions in time & spaceHugging PudseyHacker, Dodge, Chris, Iain & MirandaBBCSalford Quays

Flickr Pics 27th November 2011

on November 27, 2011 by kirsty

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The Blood Detective

The Blood Detective by Dan Waddell

In books read on November 25, 2011

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

This was a library book.

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Enjoying the November Sunshine

Flickr Pics 19th November 2011

on November 19, 2011 by kirsty

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Winter Garden Crochet

Flickr Pics 18th November 2011

on November 18, 2011 by kirsty

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Secret Letters at Trebizon (Trebizon, #13)

Secret Letters at Trebizon (Trebizon, #13) by Anne Digby

In books read on November 17, 2011

The penultimate book in the Trebizon series. Having been pleased to discover the rest of this series from my childhood I am now sad about having to finish it for good with the next book after the best part of thirty years! I thought this one was as good as I remember any of the earlier ones being. Even as an adult I couldn't figure out how the letter mystery central to the book was going to be happily concluded which was nice. It's a huge nostalgia kick reading these.

This was a kindle eBook.

The Palace Of Strange Girls

The Palace Of Strange Girls by Sallie Day

In books read on November 15, 2011

The Singleton family from Blackburn spend their 1959 Wakes Week, the local shutdown holiday, in Blackpool, along with plenty of others from their hometown. This story is a week in the company of upwardly mobile housewife Ruth, her husband Jack who is harbouring his own secrets and ambitions, sixteen year old Helen who is impatient to become a youth of the sixties, and seven year old Beth who is recovering from a serious illness and is being very coddled against her will as a result. I loved it.

I found the story absorbing and interesting, full of period colour. The characters are fabulous and I really cared about them. I liked the way the flashbacks were separated completely from the 1959 story. And the integration of I-Spy books (a staple of my 1970s childhood too, and still going strong for my daughter except Big Chief I-Spy of Wigwam-by-the-water has been replaced by Michelin's Bibendum) is completely brilliant. I rarely read the little chapter heading quotes in books, this book is very much the exception, the I-Spy quotes really made the book.

There are places where the author's knowledge of Lancashire cotton mills becomes a bit too "look how well I've done my research" and there's an epilogue which was nice but I thought it might have been a stronger book if the future beyond the summer holiday had been left to the reader's imagination, it would have had less "feel good"-ness about it then though.

I found the book via Goodreads recommendations and will be looking them up again!

This was a kindle eBook.

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Baking IIIcingI'm the King!Nice spot for a picnic

Flickr Pics 12th November 2011

on November 12, 2011 by kirsty

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Ninja IINinja IStar Block

Flickr Pics 10th November 2011

on November 10, 2011 by kirsty

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Cycling Over Bridges ICycling Over Bridges IISeven Bridges in a RowBoat Tour PhotographerCrochet ScarfFriendly Winds BlockHaagen-DazsFriendship Twist Block263 Prinsengracht III263 Prinsengracht II263 Prinsengracht IYellow Belt IIIYellow Belt IIYellow Belt IBirthday Boy

Flickr Pics 8th November 2011

on November 8, 2011 by kirsty

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