Archive for April, 2012

Ballad of a Dead Nobody

Ballad of a Dead Nobody by Liza Cody

In books read on April 30, 2012

I agree with everything Luci has said. I loved Liza Cody's books when I read them - mostly in the 90s before I started keeping a booklog - and especially Rift which was one of those stories that stayed with me for years afterwards. It's sad that she doesn't have a proper publisher. I love the way Cody invents a songwriter character and meshes her into the real music world of the 80s, the story oozes authenticity. This would have been a great book with a bit of editing, as it is it's a decent read but left me confused.

This was a kindle eBook.

Saint Maybe

Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler

In books read on April 30, 2012

I don't want to say much about the plot here as I read it without having a clue and not knowing where it was going was good. Roughly, it's 25ish years in the life of a Baltimore family. It's ten perfect chapters - each could stand alone as a short story but they build up to a fantastic whole novel. Bite them off one at a time and savour them.

This was a library book.

The Truth About Lorin Jones

The Truth About Lorin Jones by Alison Lurie

In books read on April 23, 2012

I used to covet these Abacus editions of Alison Lurie's books while hanging out in the Old Brompton Road branch of Waterstone's in the early 1990s. The surprising thing is that I never read any of them at the time. I found this one on Darren's shelves, complete with bus ticket bookmark (the 373, October 1992). It's still taken me a long time to get to read it, and Darren says he never did finish it.

It's six years since I read Foreign Affairs and I need to get round to the rest of Lurie's books faster than that! I loved this. Mostly it plods along nicely (which I mean as a compliment!) and then the ending is great. I think I'm better off reading them at 40 than 20 so I'm glad I left them on the shelves for so many years.

This was a paperback.

Wilful Behaviour (Commissario Guido Brunetti #11)

Wilful Behaviour (Commissario Guido Brunetti #11) by Donna Leon

In books read on April 21, 2012

I read Fatal Remedies in 2000, decided I liked it enough to go back and start at the beginning of the series with Death at La Fenice, didn't enjoy that one as much, and then forgot about the series for twelve years.

So, it's 2012 and we went on a trip to Venice and I came back with a desire to visit this series again. I picked this one as it was the earliest of the three volumes available in my local library. And I enjoyed it very much! It has a lovely plot that worked very nicely. But mainly I enjoyed the fact that I know where Brunetti is wandering and when he gets on, for example, the Number One vaparetto to San Stae I am there with him knowing exactly what it's like. Although Leon paints a good picture of Venice, it's not as good as the one in my memory.

I will be reading more. In less than twelve years time I hope. No promises.

This was a library book.


Gondolier Going ByPizza

Flickr Pics 17th April 2012

on April 17, 2012 by kirsty

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How It All Began

How It All Began by Penelope Lively

In books read on April 15, 2012

I love Penelope Lively and really liked this story. I think the references to "chaos theory" are a bit overblown in most of the reviews I've seen. The plot is more like watching dominoes fall over and seeing how far away the effects of the initial nudge to the first domino are felt.

The cover is the most delightful one I've seen in years! I kept going back and looking at the picture and figuring out what all the books pictured were. Most of them feature in the book (apart from the Lively's of course!) This is what I have deduced:

On the armchair: What Maisie Knew and The Pupil

On the table: The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2) Family Album The House of Mirth

On the shelf: Where the Wild Things Are Charlotte's Web City of the Mind  A Novel (A Black Cat Book ; B-398) House Unlocked and another edition of The House of Mirth I think.

I can't make out most of the rest of the dustcoverless hardbacks and worn paperbacks. There are a stack of what looks to be Observer's books: trees, zoo animals, wild animal, etc. and I think one of the paperbacks is Paula by Isabel Allende.

Anyway, I would like to thank the cover designer as well as the author for providing me with much entertainment! There are so many books where the cover picture has very little to do with the book and it's delightful to find this much care taken with the image. The photography is credited to Stefanie Hafner.

This was a hardback.

A Room Full of Bones

A Room Full of Bones by Elly Griffiths

In books read on April 13, 2012

Entertaining, I think I've probably given it four stars more because I'm happy to have a new ongoing series I enjoy that for the actual plot here, but hey. I've already decided to go with the flow of the somewhat stupid behaviour of some of the characters in this series so there was nothing unusual to get annoyed about here, and I enjoyed the read.

This was a kindle eBook.


Campo San BarnabaFrom Ponte AccademiaFrulalĂ 

Flickr Pics 12th April 2012

on April 12, 2012 by kirsty

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Hotel Splendid landing stage, in the rainAnother day, another cocktail (Manhattan) with nibbles... getting used to this lifestyle...San Marco in the rainEaster EggWaterbus Passengers

Flickr Pics 11th April 2012

on April 11, 2012 by kirsty

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From the hotel windowLunch in MuranoWaiting at Ca' RezzonicoMurano Museo

Flickr Pics 10th April 2012

on April 10, 2012 by kirsty

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