Showing posts from June, 2007

The Siege of Krishnapur

The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farrell
pages: 344
finished: June 28, 2007
Awards: 1973 Booker Prize
Reason for reading: 1) I'm reading the Booker winners. 2) I enjoy historical fiction set during the Indian Mutiny or just British Empire India.
Rating: 5/5

first sentence:

Anyone who has never before visited Krishnapur, and who approaches from the east, is likely to think he has reached the end of his journey a few miles sooner than he expected.

Recommend: Yes! Set in India during the years of the Indian Mutiny in British Empire India, this book runs the gamut of emotions. Humourous at times, yet startlingly real with descriptions of rotting death and disease. The crowning glory of this book, though, is the characterization. We meet a motely crew of characters who, each in their own way, impress upon the reader that he is not likely to forget them soon.

James Herriot's Treasury for Children

James Herriot's Treasury for Children
illustrations by Ruth Brown & Peter Barrett
finished June 25, 2007
rating 5/5

First sentence:

There have been times in the winter when I have regretted being a vet and this looked like one of them.

Recommend: Yes. This is an omnibus edition of 8 of Herriot's children's picture books. I read it aloud to my 7yo and he enjoyed it, but I think I may have enjoyed the stories more than he. They are wonderful, touching stories with beautiful illustrations, especially the ones by Ruth Brown.

The Bonesetter's Daughter

The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan
403 pages
finished: June 24, 2007
rating: 3/5

First sentences:
These are the things I know are true: My name is LuLing Liu Young. The Names of my husbands were Pan Kai Jing and Edwin Young, both of them dead and our secrets gone with them.

Recommend: Yes, with reservations. It has been quite a while since I read Amy Tan's first three books and this fourth one did fall short of my expectations. Amy Tan fans will enjoy but if you haven't read Tan before I do not recommend this as your first read, try The Joy Luck Club or The Hundred Secret Senses instead.

More Books!

When I see a deal on books I just can't leave without buying something! Today we went into a discount store and as soon as you walked in the door they had this big rack with hardcover books for $1 each. Now, that is cheaper than the price of hc's at Goodwill! So, of course I had to have a look-see and this is what I came home with:

1) The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams by Lawrence Block
2) First Meetings in the Enderverse by Orson Scott Card
3) The Tesseract by Alek Garland
4) Mr. Ives' Christmas by Oscar Hijuelos
5) No Laughing Matter by Betty Rowlands
6) Cezanne Pinto by Mary Stolz
7) Mary on Horseback by Rosemary Wells

Not bad for $7

Change of Plans Already

OK, so I already made a change to my list of reads for the book awards reading challenge. I've removed "The Bone People". I had it on my list because it is the next book in the book awards yahoo group and I just got it in on Interlibrary Loan the other day. So I went to amazon and started reading the reviews and found out what it was really about. I've thought this over and am going to pass on reading this. The topic is too disturbing.

So, I've replaced it with a book I just bought today. I was at Chapters and they had a $2 table at the front. Not much there but I did manage to score one book. "Twelve Bar Blues" by Patrick Neate, a Whitbread Novel Award winner!

Book Awards Reading Challenge

Rules: Read 12 award-winning books from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008.

I decided to join the book awards reading challenge, my first challenge, because I am working on reading several book award lists and I belong to the book awards yahoo group. So here is my list:

1. Twelve Bar Blues by Patrick Neate (Whitbread)*
2. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (Booker)
3. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (Booker)
4. The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty (Pulitzer)
5. So Big by Edna Ferber (Pulitzer)*
6. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke (Nebula)*
7. A Dram of Poison by Charlotte Armstrong (Edgar)*
8. Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener (Pulitzer)*
9. Whip Hand by Dick Francis (Gold Dagger)*
10. Murder Against the Grain by Emma Lathen (Gold Dagger)*
11. Passage of Arms by Eric Ambler (Gold Dagger)*
12. The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth (Edgar)*

Edited: decided to completely revise this list with books I already own marked *

Books Read in 2007

This is my running tally of books read in the year 2007

Click on the links to read my review.
139. Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer
138. Gallows Hill by Lois Duncan
137. The Journey by Kathryn Lasky
136. The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
135. Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr by Garth Nix
134. The Complete Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne (RA)
133. Little Pear: The Story of a Little Chinese Boy by Eleanor Frances Lattimore (RA)
132. Swamp Cat by Jim Kjelgaard
131. A Faint Cold Fear by Karin Slaugher
130. Holes by Louis Sachar
129. The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore
128. Do-it-yourself Magic by Ruth Chew (RA)
127. Poppy and Rye by Avi (RA)
126. Dust by Arthur Slade
125. Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel
124. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
123. Fire and Ice by Erin Hunter
122. Gallows View by Peter Robinson
121. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
120. The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
119. The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
118. 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King