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17 Jul

“In these times of ours, though concerning the exact year there is no need to be precise, a boat of dirty and disreputable appearance, with two figures in it, floated on the Thames, between Southwark Bridge, which is of iron, and London Bridge, which is of stone, as an autumn evening was closing in.”

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29 May
SUSPENSE THRILLER

SUSPENSE THRILLER

“Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past doesn’t recede. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.”
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23 May

For some oddity, or not, I’ve been gravitating toward self-published books lately. In light of the obvious, leaving one’s analytical cap in another room whilst reading these ‘raw’ renderings, is often best.

Otherwise, many excellent adventures will be missed.

CURRENTLY READING

12 May
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“Inspired by the true-life story of controversial Italian medium Eusapia Palladino (1854-1918), The Witch of Napoli masterfully resurrects the bitter 19th-century battle between Science and religion over the possibility of an afterlife.” Goodreads (in-part)

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“Written in 1915, and based on a sequence of Conrad’s own experiences some 27 years previously, the novel tells the story of a young sea captain on his first command, coping with a ship becalmed with tropical seas, a crew laid low by fever, and the conviction that his own incompetence is somehow to blame.” Book jacket (in-part)

WELL, WELL, WELL …..

21 Apr

LOOK WHO IT IS –

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JOURNAL ENTRY

21 Mar

I’m not a professional Book Reviewer (duh) as some of you are, so I’m not bound by the ‘Canons of Review’ Etiquette. Rule number one (01): the one about ‘personal commentary’? Yeah, that one pretty much went by the wayside eons ago. Sometimes I don’t even write what the book’s about I get so caught-up in the passion of it. Reviewers aren’t supposed to say, ‘I love/hate this book’. Pa-lease …..

For the past few nights, I’ve been keeping company with Norman and Henry. We were on holiday in Ulster (Ireland) just recently, and “I’m not going to tell you much about the holiday except to say it was a grand month and we enjoyed every bit of it even though it rained much of the time.”* – it is there where we first met Miss Hargreaves (Hargraves).

Right now I’m living in the 1930s, on 38 London Road in Cornford, Bucks. Miss Hargreaves recently arrived, and we (Norman, Henry and myself), are about to enter the actuality of our imaginations. Bloody wild.

*page 14 last paragraph
Miss Hargreaves by Frank Baker

ANTICIPATING –

18 Mar

I’ve had my eye on these two books for some time now, so when I just recently discovered an offering from Bloomsbury and Penguin, making it financially viable to purchase, I did. They should arrive any day now.

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Originally published by Eyre & Spottiswoode 1940 – First Penguin soft cover edition 1950 Fantasy

“When Norman Huntley and his friend Henry invent an 83-year-old woman called Miss Hargreaves, they are inspired to post a letter to their new fictional friend. It is only meant to be a silly, harmless game – until Miss Hargreaves arrives on their doorstep, complete with her cockatoo, her harp and her bath.” Google books

“ “Miss Hargreaves–” I murmured. “Miss Hargreaves–?”
I leant over the rail and looked into the darkness of the Irish Sea. It was night. The lights of our boat were the only lights upon the black water. No answer came from the sea as I murmured that name. And yet, it seemed to me that very faintly in the December air, in the wind, I could hear the sighing of my own name. “Norman– Norman– Norman–” ”

MacMillan (?) 1963 First Bloomsbury Press soft cover edition 2011 YA Thriller mystery

Originally published by MacMillan (?) 1963
First Bloomsbury Press soft cover edition 2011
YA Thriller mystery

Let’s Kill Uncle is a tale of two ordinary ten year olds who conspire to execute an extraordinary murder, and get away with it.

“Heir to a ten-million-dollar fortune, Barnaby tries to tell everyone and anyone that his uncle is after his inheritance, but no one will believe him. That is, until he tells the only other child on the island, Chrissie, who concludes that there is only one way for Barnaby to stop his demonic uncle: He will just have to kill him first. With the unexpected help of One-Ear, the aged cougar who has tormented the island for years, Chrissie and Barnaby hatch a foolproof plan.” Google Books

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CURRENTLY (RE)READING

17 Mar
Three Rivers Press, soft cover edition 2006 252 pages  Original publication hardcover edition published by Shaye Areheart Books - 2006 Both publishers are an imprint of Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House Psychological Thriller

Three Rivers Press, soft cover edition 2006
252 pages
Original publication hardcover edition published by Shaye Areheart Books – 2006
Both publishers are an imprint of Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House
Psychological Thriller

I began reading this book in 2009, and then became derailed by something, of the which I no longer recall. Anyway, I started reading it again about a month ago, during that dry spell of reader’s block I had – you know how that went …… so, here I am, rereading Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. Again. And I’m so glad I am.

“Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille Preaker’s first assignment at her second-rate daily paper takes her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.” Back cover/Three Rivers Press

This is Flynn’s first published novel. Subsequent books include Dark Places 2009; and Gone Girl 2012.

CURRENTLY READING

12 Mar
Science Fiction Book Club by arrangement with Houghton Mifflin;  and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing 2005  hardcover edition 422 pages Young Adult/Science Fiction Fantasy

Science Fiction Book Club by arrangement with Houghton Mifflin;
and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing 2005
hardcover edition 422 pages
Young Adult/Science Fiction Fantasy

“ Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon and crossed deaths threshold to restore the balance.” Goodreads

For those of us who believe,
“The springs of wizardry are drying up.”
We must hurry then into The Earthsea

First publication 1968, 1971 & 1972 respectively

First (paperback) publications: Parnassus Press 1968; Atheneum Books 1971; & Atheneum Books 1972 – respectively

JOURNAL ENTRY

6 Mar

I finally settled-in with a few good books after having a slight reader’s block – what’s up with that? ….. Anyway, I even had a master plan: reread some of the old classics; venture into new territory; and scope out some of the new releases. BUT THEN, yesterday morning I received an email from “The Universe” – and my master plan made a break for it!

THE EARTHSEA TRILOGY
By
Ursula K. Le Guin

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Excuse me but, have I been living on another Planet ? Not only have I never heard of Le Guin but how does a Wordman not know about these particular dragons and wizards?

Onward …..
to the buy.
Thanks Emily!

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