Month: June 2018

Unique Blogger

Following on from Vera over at Unfiltered Tales, who was asked three questions by Kiersten, I am taking up the challenge to answer the three questions she threw out for anyone to join in on—partly because I had no post prepared for today, it’s a Bank Holiday Monday and we’re housebound due to rain. Shame you all cannot hear the thunder like we can! Anyway, Vera’s questions to all of us were: What character’s flaw irritates you? Hmm… there could be so many candidates for most irritating, but I would have to settle on Police Cadet Yvette Nichol, a character from Still Life, by Louise Penny. Who was so well written I began to detest her by the mid-point of the book. She’s arrogant and so self-absorbed to the point she ignores sound advice and takes everything as a personal insult. Worst of all, she’s deceitful on a level that is ultimately her downfall. Louise Penny crafts this character to such a degree as to make Nichol get so under a reader’s skin, and makes …

Fizzled Fire

I’m struggling. Oh boy am I struggling. What with I hear you ask? My latest read, The Fire Court, by Andrew Taylor. Which is a shame, because I read The Ashes of London (book 1) in two fast sittings. I practically ate it up, it was such an interesting read. Well, for me at least. I loved the setting, the period surrounding the Great Fire of London, which came just after the restoration of Charles II to the throne, and the ending of the Cromwell Era. An absolutely fascinating time, with lots of intrigue, subterfuge, and yes, Regicide (don’t you just love that word?) followed by one of the greatest tragedies of the time, a fire that nearly consumed London. So, what’s not to love. The Ashes of London certainly delivered, with intriguing suspense littered with a couple of baffling murders, and a merry chase through the streets of London. I thoroughly enjoyed the shenanigans, which was also tinged with some tragedy and heartbreak. So why am I having a hard time reading book two, …

It’s all a point of View

Well, I’ve finished rushing around for the morning, doing laundry, buying groceries, and doing various plant watering duties. I’m sat in the office, at my desk, with a favourite cup of Moroccan mint tea scenting the air, and I’m wondering what today’s post should be about — certainly not the humdrum mundanities of most Monday mornings. So I went surfing the Blog-O-Sphere to see what everyone else was talking about (books, of course) and, as I haven’t finished the book I started late last week (The Fire Court) I have no review to offer. But I did stop in over the weekend at Reading Under the Blankie (which is a great name and I wish I had thought of that) where Norrie had been having something of a discussion, or maybe, non-discussion? About book rating systems and what does everyone use. Of course, anyone that stops by to read her reviews knows she uses hearts instead of stars, which is perfect. Others use 1-5 stars to rate, some prefer to be a little more in-depth, …