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Sunny Morning TooSunny Morning

Flickr Pics 19th March 2012

on March 19, 2012 by kirsty

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Mollie Makes Crochet Flower

Flickr Pics 17th March 2012

on March 17, 2012 by kirsty

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Observer fonts are a bit spindly for ransom notes.

Flickr Pics 10th March 2012

on March 10, 2012 by kirsty

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Summer School

Summer School by Domenica De Rosa

In books read on March 7, 2012

I've enjoyed reading Elly Griffiths' crime books and discovered somewhere along the way that this was a pseudonym of Domenica De Rosa. De Rosa's books looked rather girly and chick lit like and not really my kind of thing. When I spotted one in the library though I picked it up to have a look and ended up absorbed by it.

The 'Summer School' of the title is a fortnight long writing workshop taking place in a renovated castle in Tuscany. The characters seemed a bit stereotypical to start with but most of them broke enough boundaries that they seemed like real enough people. It is all a little predictable and I guessed where several of the storylines were going but that didn't really matter. There were a few things that didn't seem quite right, for example, a character who only seemed to be remembered once every 100 pages. I think there is something a bit odd about reading about a writers workshop - it made me want to rewrite parts of this book! That's not something I usually think about!

On the whole though, a decent piece of light entertainment and I'll quite possibly read more at some point in the future.

This was a library book.

A Severed Head

A Severed Head by Iris Murdoch

In books read on March 5, 2012

I loved Iris Murdoch when I first read her, twenty years ago when I was about twenty years old. I loved all the clever characters and their academic musings on life, and everything (not so much the universe if my recall is correct). Now, not so much. This is pretty much a bedroom farce, it starts off silly and gets completely ludicrous towards the end. I ought to draw a diagram to work out which characters didn't end up in bed together, if any. It has lots of angst and clever veneer on top of the bed hopping of course but I found it more of a chore to read than a delight. Having read it as an ebook I'm surprised to see it's actually only around 200 pages, my perception is that it was much longer which might be why I'm so down on it.

I think I ought to reread one of the Murdoch's I loved when I first read it to see whether they still have the same magic, but on the other hand I don't want to find out if the answer is no.

This was a kindle eBook.

The Book of Murder

The Book of Murder by Guillermo Martínez

In books read on March 5, 2012

An enjoyable literary take on a murder mystery. Luciana, who once worked taking dictation from a famous writer, is convinced the writer is conspiring to murder her friends and family after she made accusations against him. It's not really a plot driven story so I shouldn't really mark it down for having a pretty far fetched plot that doesn't really hang together, but in the end I think I do. The ending just seems a bit weak and obvious. I wasn't expecting all the threads to be tied up and the author concluded the book in a tighter manner than I expected. The story does zip along nicely and it's an easy read. It just seemed to be missing something in the end.

This was a library book.

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Qwirkle, with cuddly toy players.

Flickr Pics 4th March 2012

on March 4, 2012 by kirsty

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Captain Underpants IICaptain Underpants I

Flickr Pics 1st March 2012

on March 1, 2012 by kirsty

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