Fiction

The Museum of Literary Souls by John Connelly

The Museum of Literary Souls by John Connelly

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.…

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The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

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.…

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Reading Hemingway using five magic keys

Reading Hemingway using five magic keys

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.…

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The Greenhouse by Audur Ava Olafsdottir

The Greenhouse by Audur Ava Olafsdottir

A bookish observation: I nearly gave up believing that I’d find a book as enjoyable as a cozy mystery. And then I started reading “The Greenhouse”. My reading of this book began badly because I listened to the first chapter via an audiobook at a time when I was constantly distracting myself with trawling LitBogger RSS Feeds for new titles. You know how it is, the grass is always greener … My focus was fractured.…

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Maisie Dobbs by Jaqueline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs by Jaqueline Winspear

A Bookish Observation: The story is set in the UK just before, during and after the First World War and follows the journey of a young woman plucked from her lowly beginnings by her wealthy employer and mentored by an elderly philosopher detective type character named Maurice Blanche. Maisie has proved to have a high degree of intelligence and diligence. Very early in the story we are introduced to Maisie and soon we can see she is going to be an interesting character and we can also see the author’s writing style is clear, enjoyable and leads us forward in such a way that we want to know more.…

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fryby Rachel Joyce

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
by Rachel Joyce

Harold Fry took my breath away! A bookish observation: I wish I could recall the moment, I wish I could recall the words, the words that took my breath away. The thing is, it happened and it’s left me with a feeling of wonder. How wonderful some stories can be and how lucky is the reader who reaches that sublime moment. A book is such a silent thing until it’s opened. Within its covers are treasures.

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Reading Possession by A.S. Byatt

Reading Possession by A.S. Byatt

Re-reading – still a difficult read! A bookish observation: I thought I would find “Possession” easier to read this time around. I was wrong! I read it twenty years ago, since then my reading experience is more extensive, my concentration is good and I have a strong desire to elevate my reading experience to another level. So why did I find this book so difficult to read, again! Equipped with my new Kindle Touch eBook reader, with its easy access to a Dictionary and Wikipedia I was all set to go. I’d wanted to re-read this book for years. I was ready! So what happened?…

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The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

A bookish observation – a reader’s journal: I’ve just finished listening to a story that gave me hours and hours of pure bliss. Kate Morton’s “The Distant Hours” is marvelous. It’s complete. The author, Kate Morton, gives us wonderful descriptions of the characters and their lives, taking us back to the south of England during World War Two. The story moves you along at a pace that worked well for me, the plot continually gave you just a little bit more, and then just a little bit more. Knowing it’s the journey, not the destination, is assisted by listening instead of reading to the story. I’m sure if I’d read it myself I would have missed a lot of the beautiful prose by rushing along wanting to know what happened next. The audio version makes you wait and allows you to hear every word.…

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The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl

The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl

A bookish observation: I’ve just finished listening to The Dante Club AudioBook and will miss inhabiting it very much. The environment of the “fireside poets” and their city of Boston was really interesting, learning about Dante’s poetry was enlightening and the mystery that held it all together moved along at a pace that suited me very well. And very importantly, as listeners will know, the audio-reading of a book can make it or break it, John Siedman’s reading of this book matched to story’s voices perfectly. A lovely long listen. Well done Matthew Pearl! Don’t miss it everyone, it’s a goody.…

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