Tag Archives: New York

Yet more from the pre-blog archives…

Back to book reviews tomorrow, but for the bank holiday I decided to revisit some more of the capsule reviews I wrote for myself in my mega-spreadsheet which I started pre-blog and still keep going. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart Feb 2008: The story of Merlin’s youth up to the birth of Arthur. I read this many years ago… Read more »

Time to settle down now?

The Rise & Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman Thirty-one year old Tooly Zylberberg is trying to read a book in the loss-making second-hand bookshop that she had bought in a village known as World’s End, just over the Welsh border. Their business plan had been to subsist on spillover custom from the annual literary festival in nearby Hay-on-Wye, and the… Read more »

The stress of selling your home when your dog is sick…

Heroic Measures by Jill Ciment Originally published in 2009 and brought to the UK last year by Pushkin Press, Heroic Measures is a tale about one weekend in the life of an older couple and their beloved dachshund Dorothy. Ruth and Alex Cohen have lived for 45 years in a co-op, a ‘five-flight walk-up in the East Village’. Bought for five… Read more »

The funniest crime novel I’ve read since I discovered Christopher Brookmyre…

Hack by Kieran Crowley If you love Christopher Brookmyre’s Jack Parlabane novels, you’re going to love this one too. Brookmyre’s Quite Ugly One Morning, which I read pre-blog,hooked me from the off – literally from it’s expletive first words! Hack begins in a dead-pan manner, but it is so tongue in cheek I was giggling by the end of the first… Read more »

“New York, New York, it’s a wonderful town” Part Deux

More Holiday Highlights Halfway through our holiday in New York, and we were in the grips of an Indian summer with temperatures in the mid-70s, which had been perfect for our river cruise the day before. What came next? Thursday: A day concentrating on the natural world. This meant a crosstown bus through Central Park to the American Museum of… Read more »

“New York, New York, it’s a wonderful town” Part One

Holiday Highlights I finally got a holiday this year. My daughter and I are just back from New York. I’ve been twice before, the last in Feb 2000 when Juliet was a tadpole in my tummy (so I tell her, theoretically she has been before too!) and the Twin Towers were still standing. The aim this time was to concentrate… Read more »

Too much life?

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A Little Life by Hanya Yanahigara This novel has really divided its readers into camps. Most, but not all, of those reading along with Scott didn’t like it, and neither did James and Teresa. But, on the other side, Simon S, Jackie and Rebecca all loved it. Where do I stand? Well – I’m a little on the fence. It’s… Read more »

Social Reading with Scott & Friends

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara I had been reluctant to read this much-hyped Booker longlisted novel, but after Rebecca’s review for Shiny New Books I was beginning to move off the fence, so that when Scott of Me & My Big Mouth announced a readalong, or as he calls it ‘social reading’ I was ready to join in. The… Read more »

A modern take on Jeeves & Wooster

Wake up, Sir! by Jonathan Ames Jonathan Ames is apparently a bit of a cult author in the USA as novelist, essayist, columnist, storyteller and creator of a sitcom for HBO called Bored to Death. I’d not heard of him before, but was piqued by the premise of his 2004 novel Wake up, Sir! which has recently been published in… Read more »

Simenon's most autobiographical roman dur…

Three Bedrooms in Manhattan by Georges Simenon Last month I had the opportunity to meet John Simenon, Georges’s son at an event celebrating the prolific Belgian author and his work. Apart from all the Maigret novels, Simenon was famed for his romans durs (hard novels) which are standalone, and typically quite dark and noirish in character  – I previously reviewed… Read more »