The Amulet of Samarkand

ISBN: 0552550299 #1 in The Bartimaeus Trilogy Group read: FantasyFavorites & FFseries See also: LibraryThing ; Official Site The temperature of the room dropped fast. Ice formed on the curtains and crusted thickly around the lights in the ceiling. In an alternate modern day London a young boy, Nathaniel is busy summoning what he would […]

Spending 10 seconds chatting to Malcolm O’Kelly about Beck is more fulfilling than hours spent talking to Kenny Cunningham about, er, I can’t really remember

Let me start off with a preamble. I’m not a huge fan of the colour pink. In small doses I can take it, and even like it. And certain shades are actually nice, especially when combined with other colours. Was surfing from station to station over the weekend[1] with nothing to watch. So I took […]

We need to talk about Kevin

ISBN: 1852424672 Orange Prize winner 2005; The Guardian Just before his 16th birthday Kevin Khatchadourian murders 9 people; 7 students at his high school, a teacher and a worker in the cafeteria. This is Eva’s, his mother’s version of his life. Of her life prior to Kevin’s birth and how her son changed her life. […]

I’m the green fairy…

Well it has been longer than usual since my last post, but moving a library’ll get you offline for a spell. The movers arrived on Monday and began packing, so we all headed down to the new building to make sure we knew where everything was going. They don’t do reconfigurations you see. Only there’d […]

Harsh Times

I’m not all that sure how to describe this film. If you’ve seen Training Day you may have a general idea of the tone; gritty and violent. But this isn’t about corrupt cops, although Bale’s character, Jim does aspire to “serve his country” in that role. Jim is an ex-soldier, a veteran, and the film […]


Temeraire - Naomi Novik
ISBN: 0007219113
Book #1 of the Temeraire series, aka His Majesty’s Dragon.
See also: Naomi Novik’s site; Library Thing

William Laurence is Captain of the Reliant, an English ship, fighting the French forces of Napoleon. A few weeks out of the post of Madeira he captures a French frigate, but within the hold lies a far greater prize than the vessel herself, for there is a dragon egg. But before he can celebrate his good luck Laurence learns that the egg is near hatching. And the prize money for a feral dragon will be much reduced from that of an egg. It would also be a loss to the British war effort as they are in sore need of every dragon they can fly, so Captain Laurence decides that one of his officers must attempt to harness the beast. However, the officer chosen by lottery does not succeed, and instead Laurence himself finds the dragon talking to him. This could mean the end of life as he knows it, for all know the aviators, those who fly the dragons are not well thought of. They live apart from the rest of society, and their habits are not those of gentlemen, nor indeed to they have the time to spend with family and friends, for they are constantly needed to control their dragons. But despite this fact, he knows his duty and so accepts his new life as the dragon Temeraire captain.

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The Agony and the Ecstasy

ISBN: 0099416271
Wikipedia on Michelangelo;; Art of Florence
Read with Historical Favorites – group site

This is a big book; over 750 pages of small print and crowded pages. So when I began to read and wasn’t all that impressed I thought I’d end up tossing it. The prose felt forced, stilted and somewhat boring. But as I read on I did get more and more interested. At the same time however, the style of prose doesn’t really improve. I enjoyed the book while reading it, but it was never a case that I simply couldn’t put the book down. In fact on a few occasions I wasn’t all that bothered to pick it up.

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