Monthly Archives: February 2010

LOTR Readalong Month Two: The Fellowship of the Ring

It’s the end of the second month of the LOTR Readlong and I’ve finished LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring Vol 1.  This month Clare at The Literary Omnivore is hosting, if you want to check others’ progress, but here are my thoughts on the second half … Just in case you live on a different planet and haven’t read or… Read more »

I’m falling out of love with magazines …

This week has been so busy, that I’ve not got much reading done, let alone posting. But I did pick up a magazine or two to browse and this got me thinking … Last year I posted about my favourite mags and how I loved them and others. Now there are only four that I still subscribe to that I… Read more »

Reading the Canongate Myths, vol XIII

Orphans of Eldorado by Milton Hatoum I’ve temporarily jumped to the current end of the Canongate Myths series to read this short novel inspired by Amazonian fables of an enchanted city, and the search for Eldorado. The action centres around the Brazilian city of Manaus which, although situated way up the Amazon, is a major port. Arminto Cordovil is in… Read more »

An evening with Sara Paretsky

Sara Paretsky, the creator of Chicago private investigator V.I.Warshawski, was in town yesterday to coincide with the publication of Hardball, her P.I.’s thirteenth outing.  Arriving, she cut a cool figure, clad in gold and skinny trousers with a trendy leopard-print cap and her short cropped silver hair. The audience immediately warmed to her, with her sassy wit and ironic take… Read more »

A Gripping Novel of Sri Lanka and London

Brixton Beach by Roma Tearne This is one of the books chosen for the C4 TV Book Club, it’ll be featured at the end of February. Although I thought it looked interesting I wasn’t in a hurry to read it, but then the publisher offered me a copy as the Oxford-based author is coming to my local bookshop Mostly Books… Read more »

Gaskella’s Midweek Miscellany #3

In this week’s Miscellany, an interesting debate on charity v secondhand shops, a progress report on the LOTR readalong, and some new arrivals at Gaskell Towers … Something which caught my eye at the weekend was a post by Scott Pack at Me & My Big Mouth on a big debate topic about charities edging out proper secondhand bookshops. This is… Read more »

Up, up and away…

Annabel   16th February 2010   20 Comments on Up, up and away…

I missed Up when it was in the multiplexes – a friend of my daughter’s had a movie party to see it, so I didn’t get to take her to that one. I couldn’t wait to watch it when the DVD arrived, so on this dull half-term afternoon we snuggled up on the sofa and pressed PLAY. Yet again, Pixar… Read more »

Ever Decreasing Circles

Pastors and Mastersby Ivy Compton-Burnett I won this book from Librarything in their Early Reviewers draw, and it’s a lovely little thing. Hesperus Press is another publisher whose raison d’être is bringing back neglected works into print and their list sounds very interesting (Pushkin, Flaubert and Charles Lamb etc). Printed on quality off-white paper with super matt wraparound soft covers,… Read more »

Lit Lists #1 – 10 Monkey Books

I’m engaged in reading The Fellowship of the Ring for the LOTR readalong at the moment which is going rather slowly – not because I’m not enjoying the book – I am hugely, but I’m so tired I keep falling asleep after reading just a few pages. So, I thought I’d start a new series of posts indulging my love… Read more »

A Disintegrating Life in Letters

The Cry Of The Sloth by Sam Savage Savage, whose delightful and quirky first novel, Firmin: Adventures Of A Metropolitan Lowlife was published at the age of 67, has done it again with The Cry Of The Sloth, upping the quirk quotient considerably in this bizarrely funny, yet sad story. Subtitled, ‘The Mostly Tragic Story of Andrew Whittaker being his… Read more »