Bookish Topic Tuesday – Isobelle Carmody and The Red Queen

Bookish Topic Tuesday
Isobelle Carmody and The Red Queen

This week I just wanted to give an Isobelle Carmody update, considering I did a read through of The Obernewtyn Chronicles. Thanks to Obernewtyn.net for keeping me up up date with everything Isobelle Carmody! Happy 15th Anniversary, and loving the updated site! Continue reading

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The Story of Howard Dully and his lobotomy

I stumbled upon this book when researching insane asylums which lead me to read about lobotomies, and then I found this book, Messing with my head: the shocking true story of my lobotomy, also known as My lobotomy. I couldn’t believe that a lobotomy was performed on a 12 year old boy, Howard Dully. What’s worse, other psychiatrists said there was nothing wrong with him, all except Dr Walter Freeman. The man who was at the forefront of lobotomy in the US and made orbital lobotomies the method of choice. This is a harrowing and fascinating story. And it was going on into the 1960s, which is quite concerning.
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Bookish Topic Tuesday – Biographies

Bookish Topic Tuesday
Biographies

This week I’m continuing the genre theme with biographies. A biography is simply a recount or description of someone’s life. But that’s a very simplistic definition. The book could be written by the person themselves, by someone else, collaboratively, with fictional elements, or from a purely nonfictional standpoint. There’s a lot of variety with biographies, so that’s what we’re discussing today.

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The Cuckoo’s Calling – JK’s mystery

To wrap up my discussion of The Cuckoo’s Calling I’ll first take a look at the epilogue, and then discuss the book as a whole.
Our final quote this time from Horace’s Odes, ‘Nothing is an unmixed blessing’. So Horace is saying everything is a mixed blessing? I think that is true, you can see good and bad in every situation. And it seems rather true of what’s been happening in this book. Continue reading

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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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