One of the joys of being a book blogger is being welcomed into the world of “reviews”. I rarely accept invitations to review books for a couple of reasons. Firstly, many books don’t interest me and secondly I’m very busy with multiple projects. I only blog when something grabs me, so when an email arrived in my in-box offering me a preview copy of Sausage Hall by Christina James I immediately wrote back to say, “the book’s blurb gives me the impression that it would be a book I would enjoy” and enjoy it I did. This is the third book of the Detective Inspector Yates series. Sausage Hall was the first book I’ve read, written by Christina James. I’ll be seeking out her other two soon,
A bookish observation: Our world has changed in many ways, our European based cultures have become more reasonable and all inclusive of religious philosophies, racial and cultural differences and sexual orientation. Of course pockets of resistance still exist and resound through the voices and actions of the un-enlightened. That said, I retain a certain conservative view of the world, so it was with hesitation that I accepted an invitation to apply my skills to the production of a book following in the journey of a “gay” character. The Captain is a very rich “gay” English gentleman, whose lifestyle could be looked upon today with a critical eye in light of our society’s courageous attempt to protect the young.
A bookish observation: I’ve been following along with Derek Murphy’s blog from his website CreativeIndie for a few months. It’s full of interesting insights about eBook publishing and cover design. His conversational writing style is clear and easily accessible, so when I realised he had published several books covering self-publishing topics, I loaded down four of them:
The Camino pilgrimage has fascinated me for years. I’ve read many books about it. I know I’ll never be fortunate enough to place a foot on the sacred pathway, I won’t get my walking passport stamped, nor will I be able to hang a scallop shell from my overweight backpack. But that’s OK, I haven’t completly missed out because I read books.
A Bookish Observation: The words that came to mind while listening to this audiobook were: wonderful and beautiful. Why wonderful? Why beautiful?
This is a wonderful story. Very short, completely satisfying. It’s the first writing from John Connolly I’ve read. I was lucky enough to be present for a talk he gave about Crime Writing at the Sydney Writers’ Festival 2014. I was so impressed by his wide ranging comprehensive knowledge that I wanted to read his work. I’ve put a couple of his books on my To Be Read List, I think I’m in for a treat.
I read this story straight through over a couple of days. Good writing. I’d say possibly as good as Agatha Christie but different. The difference being the type of characters in Josephine Tey’s book, her characters were from everyday life more so than Agatha’s who seem to often be from the privledged upper classes. I probably won’t read any more from the series unless I feel the need for a very cozy mystery, which it is. I enjoyed it.
I love multi tasking projects. A little bit of this and a little bit of that. Recently I’ve been teaching myself graphic design techniques in the graphic drawing software iDraw. My inspiration came from another book blogger, one of my favourites, A Work In Progress. In one of her recent blogs the blogger displayed a really nice piece of cross stitch. I was so inspired by it that I mirrored the pattern by way of a graphic design technique. Here’s the result:
A bookish observation: Hearing a voice from the Jazz Age for the first time. For me, the world of classic literature is like an old locked cupboard in the attic, I’m keen to break it open to see what’s inside. I’ve heard there’s some wonderful experiences waiting for me if I could just find the key. Recently I did just that, I found a key, well five actually and accessed a classic written by Ernest Hemingway, a voice from The Jazz Age.
A Bookish Observation: Many computer crashes ago, back in the day when the “blue screen of death” often showed its irritating face, before we upgraded to an Apple iMac, I lost many bits and pieces. Some files were precious, some were important and others were long forgotten. One of the long forgotten items, lost forever, was the first eBook I paid for: Walking the M62 by John Davies.