Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Book Forty-Three - Lord Of The Flies - Part One

Story about this book which has nothing to do with the book: once upon a time I worked at a place with few local options for dining out at lunch. Co-workers introduced me to a little hole-in-the-wall diner with good food, good service and dodgy electrics. I became a regular, eating alone when no one else from work was going. (Some people have a fear of this, but it's never bothered me. I always have a book.) One day, another regular whom I had seen but not spoken to walked over and asked why I frequently ate alone. I explained that I was surrounded with people eight hours a day and therefore enjoyed a bit of peace and quiet at lunch. He sat down and proceeded to talk. (?) We became friends and regularly ate lunch together. He mostly discussed his family and I mostly discussed books. He frequently talked about Lord of the Flies, the only book he had ever read cover to cover. Can you imagine having read only one book your entire life??? Yet we found other things in common and although neither of us works near that diner these days, we're still Christmas Card Friends.

The End.

Book Forty-Two - The Woman In White - Part Five

I went back to this book and easily picked up the story. After about a dozen pages I looked at the bottom of the Kindle screen and saw that I had NINE hours left in the book. Um, thanks but no. I'm not enthralled with the story so I'm letting it go. I would like to go through some of my highlighted passages, however, so there may be yet another post on this one.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Book Forty-Three - Magician

Raymond Feist
From Twitter

The Woman In White and I are still on a break and I continue to see other books. I think she's okay with it.

I'd give Magician three stars out of five. I was hooked from the excellent beginning but then it seemed to drag in several places. I also found it derivative. It's highly probable that any school of magic would have a History of Magic class, and it even mentions Harry Potter. But the other part - the clever part - reminded me so much of Narnia I couldn't stand it.

Holy eBook, Batman - I just realized I read the wrong book. I was meant to read Magician by Raymond E Feist and I read The Magicians by Lev Grossman!!!

Never mind.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Book Forty-Two - The Woman In White - Part Four

I still haven't finished this book. And the thing is, at our last book club meeting before our summer break, I recommended this book and at least two people have read it - one of whom is my sister. She keeps asking if I've finished it yet (I'm guessing there's a good twist and she wants to discuss it). I've enjoyed the book but it feels like work to get back to it. A couple of weeks ago I reread The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society and finished it in two days. Couldn't wait to get back to it. Why are those books so few? Why can I read Sense And Sensibility annually and continue to make discoveries each year?

But I'm not giving up on this woman who wears white but isn't really the protagonist because she's barely around yet I believe her story is crucial in the lives of the people central to the tale. (Sometimes I just like a run-on sentence.)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Book Forty-Two - The Woman In White - Part Three

I'll tell you one thing about Mr Willkie Collins: he sure can write a female voice. More to come. Also, I finally learned how to highlight on my Kindle!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Book Forty-Two - The Woman In White - Part Two

Okay, so I got sidetracked a bit but it was through no fault of The Woman In White. I'm back to it now and still enjoying it. It turns out that this book, published in serial form in 1859-60, was one of the first mystery novels! I was surprised because I knew the Gothic novels were popular in Jane Austen's time and she died in 1817. So I'm not entirely sure about the genre distinctions. Didn't Gothic novels contain mystery of a sort?

I don't consider it a spoiler to say that the novel contains a woman who dresses in white. That's all I'm saying other than the fact that I love Mr Hartright.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Book Forty-Two - The Woman In White - Part One

I'm loving it so far! I'm highlighting like crazy which is not terribly easy on a Kindle, at least for me. I've Googled but somehow I'm not doing it right and suspect I need a first grader to explain. Anyway, what I've read so far contains lots of those lovely sentences that make me stop and read them again because they're just so true or beautiful or genuine. There is also much foreshadowing which I enjoy because I try, even at the earliest stages, to figure out what the future holds. (My methodology primarily consists of imagining the absolute worst that can possibly happen in these characters' lives.)

The Woman In White was published in 1859 so we're talking Victorians, people! Watch your back.