This is an interesting ‘film noir’ type tale. Set in the 1940’s (in the main) Arnold Rubens builds a memory machine to save his daughter Amaryllis – from what we are not quite sure to start – her own destructive will, from some threat in her childhood that is dimly lurking on the edges of her memory, or from the ever nearer threat of war? Many of the characters appear to be much less straightforward than we think as we first meet them, and the hero Ezra is all too human, and totally engaging. The book is peopled with believable characters who deal with an improbable but authentic sci-fi plot, the science is never heavy and the plot moves at a pace, but yet with a sense of mystery so you are completely hooked. A real sit down and read book – I hope there are more to come from Sally!
A complete contrast was the contemporary novel set in America – Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur. This is the story of orphan Elise brought up by her uncle and aunt who has some growing up to do as she starts her middle school, and try to find out who and what she is as she matures. Eight keys help her find out her history and help her think about her future. A very engaging read.
I picked this up in a second hand book-sale in Norfolk one day and then it sat on the reading pile for a while! Once I picked it up – it was a good, if violent and rather bloodthirsty read. Hawkwood is a Bow Street Runner and, with an ex army background, quite the hard man – but with a good heart. His instinct for the crime is unerring and this makes this a light but very enjoyable read.
It has taken me a long time to get round to reading this book. It won the Red House Children’s Book Award in 2010 and has sat on my reading pile for a long time – even though many people recommended it to me. So – this week I read it, and happily I had the time to just sit and read as it is a compelling read and you just don’t want to put it down! Katniss takes her sisters place in the Hunger games – a sort of gladiatorial televised entertainment for the rich and powerful in a dystopian future USA – this is how she battles and tries to survive in the literally dog eat dog world. I liked Katniss’s honesty, her gradual realization of the manipulation of the media to make good entertainment and her sheer grit and determination in an awful world. I shall now have to get the next 2 novels in the series as I must know what happens…
It has been a lovely week – full of music and reading, so today is a chance to gear up for work tomorrow whilst still enjoying the holiday!
I have been to see Giovanni Guzzo (violin – fantastic), the Spooky Men’s Chorale (very different and fun), T G Collective (Django type jazz, lovely!) and the highlight was the Kathryn Tickell Band – northumbrian folk as it’s very best. Vespers in the Chapel was lovely – flickering candlelight and lots of choral and organ scholars singing divinely! Will took part in the singing of the final Eucharist at Fotheringhay and certainly the rehearsals for that sounded great (I was sitting outside reading whilst listening!)
I got some reading done, though not necessarily as much as I had thought, and definitely not the books I had originally planned! Wonder why a lot of life is like that? Mary Hoffman’s David is the fictional story of the guy who may have posed for the Michelangelo statue and the turbulent times it was made in Florence. A superb read as always in Mary’s books – well researched, well written and completely compelling. Meanwhile Lia’s Guide to Winning the Lottery by Keren David is a completely different read to David – modern 16-year-old girl and the issues and problems she contends with when she wins the lottery – including friendship, bullying, sex, family, guilt, suicide, binge drinking and jealousy. That makes it sound very heavy but the delight of this is the light touch and the page turning ease of reading this thought-provoking book. Now well into a charity shop purchase by Kate Atkinson – literary detectives are always fun…
So – finish the week with a superb win for Lewis Hamilton at the German Grand Prix and we have a good weekend ready for work tomorrow.
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This blog is a bit of an experiment. I wanted somewhere to share, record and muse on work, travel, life, reading and music. Though I tweet and use FB and am even exploring Google+ I think there is still space and time to use a blog.
I used to keep a diary but for various reasons (not least that my arthritis makes it painful to try to keep a handwritten one) I haven’t kept a regular comment record of any sort for some years and yet I miss that. Perhaps this will be the way forward. I shall have huge fun setting it all up regardless!