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One Sunday

Trying to sleep on a hot Summer’s night. The futility of tossing and turning, lying still, trying to relax when the very air around you is stifling.

Joy Dettman’s first chapter is all about local policeman ‘Tommo’ trying desperately to sleep and she has managed to capture that feeling of desperation so well.

The action for this novel all happens on one day, One Sunday. A body is found and it’s up to Tommo to find the culprit. The novel is set in a small town in country Australia several years after the First World War. There is no modern policing; no forensics , no cars (Tommo rides a bicycle) and the carnage of the War. This town, like so many small Australian towns ( including the one l grew up in) has lost sons in the prime of their lives or had broken and damaged men coming back.

Dettman describes the country well. Her characters are believable, the quality of writing good and a story that kept me guessing until the end. That’s what you want in a good mystery.

A good one to read if you’re interested in Australian history.

Posted in Books, Fantasy, Reading

Spinning Silver

Fantasy is not a genre l normally think of when choosing something to read. It’s not a genre l generally like, but, as l’m travelling a lot lately it’s ebooks and audio books that l’m reading.

I picked Spinning Silver out of a list and l’m glad l did. It’s a good story told well.

Naomi Novik has created a world that is ruled by Tsar’s, Princes, Demons ,the Staryk and moneylenders. Miryem is the daughter of the local moneylender who lives in the village of Vysnia. It is being kept in perpetual Winter by the Staryk who come in the night. Miryem has a special skill that can turn silver into gold and it is this ability, along with her becoming the moneylender, that drives the story forward.

Novik makes good use of descriptive writing and fleshed out characters to build her world. The pace keeps moving and the story kept me engaged until the end. A good choice to read after all.

Perhaps it’s time l started reading more fantasy.

Posted in Life

I’m tired

No book review today.

I’m working away from home with train outages and a long commute of 5/6 hours each day. It means plenty of time to read, but, by the time l get home l’m so tired. In fact, l’m falling asleep while typing this.

It’s the weekend and l’m going to recharge the batteries and catch up with my posting. There are 3 to be written, the first one coming on Monday. So, although it’s only 7.30 l’m off to bed. Enjoy your weekend.

Happy reading:)

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Nine Perfect Strangers

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, pictured above with the resplendent bookmark l used, is the first book that l have read by this author. I did see the t.v. production of Big Little Lies and thought it brilliant.

Reading this book has made me want to now read all her books. What a storyteller. Nine strangers attend the Tranquillum House health resort which promises healing and transformation. Led by the charismatic leader Masha, these nine motley characters have no idea what’s in store for them.

I was hooked from the very first page. The pace of story, character development and quality of writing are all top class. It’s a book that makes you want to keep turning the pages. There’s humour, pathos and a little bit of mystery all rolled into one in a very well told story.

It may be the first Liane Moriarty book l have read but it won’t be the last.

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The Life-Changing Magic of……..

Ok, l admit, it was the title that caught my attention. Whoever thought of it deserves a gold star as it does stand out.

I had never heard of Sarah Knight , but, since reading this book l looked for other books she has written and they seem to be along the same lines as this one. The book is written with a humorous tone and the use of language suits the style, and flow, of the book. I’m not going to suddenly saying l don’t give a ****. I don’t use that kind of language, but, many do.

If you’re upset with profanity this probably isn’t the book for you. I found it a bit of a giggle with some sound advice and the tip to never be a jerk( my word, not Sarah’s). Will l read her other books, probably not, but, that doesn’t mean l didn’t like this one.

Happy reading:)

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A Spanish Lover

I am reviewing 2 books this week that are so completely different to each other, but, l have enjoyed both in their own way.

Joanna Trollope has also written romance novels and this too could be called a romance novel; but there is so much more. At the heart of the story is the bond between the twin sisters, Lizzie and Frances. Trollope explores this relationship with one twin having ‘everything’, a husband, children, money, grand house, while the other, although successful in her business, is wrapped in singledom and somehow seen as less for it Then she embarks on a passionate affair with a Spanish Lover.

I suppose you would call this novel female literature. It deals with sisterhood, motherhood and the world mainly from the female perspective. Trollope gives an accurate portrayal of a childless female being seen as having a wasted life because there is no partner, no children by her family, including her twin sister. The novel is 20 years old and, yet, society still judges childless males and females differently ( in my opinion )

It’s well written with a story that flows and an ending that may just surprise you.

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Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion

What a discovery hearing about Joseph Campbell has been for me. Thank you Sally for setting me on this path.

The book is a collection of lectures Joseph Campbell gave at the famed Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California in 1984. Along with 10 students, Campbell discussed the insights from his long scholarly pursuits.

What wise words; “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” “Follow your bliss.”, Joseph Campbell. Reading a book like this is a revelation. We lost Professor Campbell in 1987, but, thankfully we still have his words.

This book was not on the library bookshelves, rather, it was in the stacks along with The Hero with a Thousand Faces. I have The Power of Myth on order at my local bookshop and l follow The Joseph Campbell Foundation. Yes, it has made big impression on me.

Read some Joseph Campbell yourself and see what it brings to life for you.