Bookish Topic Tuesday – Top 10 Authors

Bookish Topic Tuesday
Top 10 Authors

I thought I might use the time honoured and well loved list today. I love a good list, but I hate writing ordered lists because it makes me have to rank things and have a thing at the top as the best/my favourite. So the following list has no order, just my favourite 10 authors, most probably won’t be any surprise. Continue reading

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Game of Thrones: A Clash of Kings

In the second, and even longer, instalment of A Song of Fire and Ice (or Game of Thrones, both seem to be names for the series, though the former is more likely correct) we have four, no five, kings vying for the Iron Throne, and a khalessi trying to find her way back to Westeros to win back the Iron Throne, so much effort for a most uncomfortable chair.

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Bookish Topic Tuesday – Books About Everything

Bookish Topic Tuesday
Books About Everything

I’m staggered sometimes that people actually publish books about some topics. Of course in this age of self publication you can really publish anything. A quick search around Goodreads elicits books such as [links included if they interest you!] Fancy Coffins to Make Yourself,  Old Tractors and the Men Who Love Them: How to Keep Your Tractors Happy and Your Family Running, Knitting With Dog Hair: Better A Sweater From A Dog You Know and Love Than From A Sheep You’ll Never Meet. Unsurprisingly [perhaps] these books all have less than 40 reviews, the first one, only 5, so they aren’t exactly bestsellers. But they are examples of the fact that just about anything gets published these days. And these weren’t self-published, these were published by actual publishing houses (which still exist!).

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The Cuckoo’s Calling – Part Five

This is it! It’s a very short final section as we find out who the murderer is revealed. It goes without saying that there is a huge spoiler warning for the following, so, if you don’t want to know who the murderer is, you better close this tab. Once again we have a quote from Virgil, this time from Georgics, “Lucky is he who has been able to understand the causes of things.” Which is again interesting, but odd. Is it lucky to understand why things happen? Sometimes the truth hurts more than not knowing. But of course, Strike seems to be lucky because he understands things very well, including this murder, and we’re about to get his info dump.

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Bookish Topic Tuesday – Book Turn Offs

Bookish Topic Tuesday
Book Turn Offs

There’s a few things which are either going to make me avoid picking up the book in the first place, or make me not like the book once I’ve started reading, and today I want to share them with you. I have somewhat discussed how I select books in the past in Blurbs and Covers, but I want to share what would make me avoid a book.

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The Cuckoo’s Calling – Part 4

Well this part is where shit hits the fan and things get wonderfully interesting. We don’t yet find out the murderer but so much happens as we finally get to meet Guy, Lula’s biological mother, we go to Lula’s flat, we meet Deeby Mac and Ciara, and there’s another murder! After a reasonably subdued first three parts, this is certainly where the excitement builds in great bounds before the climax which is sure to come in the finale. Continue reading

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Bookish Topic Tuesday – Great Book Dissonance

Bookish Topic Tuesday

Great Book Dissonance

Inspired by a comment by Kirk, I want to discuss what he calls the ‘Great Book Dissonance’, where there are books (and movies) which are widely acclaimed and lauded and said to be great, and yet, often they don’t quite meet expectations. And he says that with regards to these great works, “it seems like people are only supposed to like” them rather than actually like them. I’ve discussed this somewhat before in ‘Tough Books’ after watching a book special on just that by Jennifer Byrne (on the ABC – the Australian variety). And I talked about how with some of the tough books which are classics and seemingly popular, you almost feel stupid if you don’t like it, because maybe you just aren’t smart enough to appreciate it. For some people they just end up saying that they did like it anyway, especially in conversation, to hide the fact they didn’t like it. So what is it with these great books? Continue reading

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A Game of Thrones – Winter is Indeed Coming

Over the last two years Game of Thrones has truly become an empire, with a hugely successful TV show which just finished its fourth season (with record numbers of illegal downloads in Australia…. if content creators want people to pay they better give cheaper and more convenient ways of watching said content, but that’s a discussion for another time) and there are five (or seven if you count the two splits) books of seven (or maybe it’s 9-11 depending on what happens with the next two) in this series. Despite some saying George R.R. Martin may die before he finishes the series (he’s given the finger to said critics), I don’t think we’re in that great a danger of that, besides it gives me time to catch up on my new addiction!

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