After my ever-so-boring afternoon at work I headed off to browse through book shops yesterday evening. And damn you Waterstones with your three for twos, and your half price books. I came away with
- We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, which been seeing everywhere and meaning to pick up for ages. Afterall, who doesn’t want to read about a kid who massacres his schoolmates, and find out about his parents’s response?
- Marley and Me by John Grogan. The book that makes everyone cry. puppy-dogs + death = tears, it is a well known equation. I first heard about this when listening to TodayFM on the train to Sligo, when their cynical, hates everything journalist guest reviewed it. I was going to wait til it came out in pbk, but half price hbk means it is probably cheaper now. And though I prefer pbks, I’m hardly one to resist a bargain, plus waiting is totally for losers dude.
- The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud. First in a trilogy that I’ve to read with for one of my online groups. Everyone seems to love it. Kids, fantasy, magicians. The whole shebang.
- Temeraire by Naomi Novik. I’ve seen this listed on quite a few people’s Library Thing catalgoues, so I picked it up to read the blurb. And, it is Napoleonic. With dragons. I had to take it.
And, as you possibly might have guessed I then went to see Lady in the Water which I enjoyed. But I think I’ll have to go again. It is an odd film. Full of cliche, but also very whimsical.
You also may have noticed my not mentioning the football, cause OMG!! wtf was that?, to get all technical on you.
- yer man. Whathisface. Think he writes shite for the SIndo ↩
A friend promised me she'd lend me We Need to Talk About Kevin, but then we broke up for the summer and she never did. I will have to bug her about it, (nicely) when I see her next. But anyway, she said it was amazing.
I've been meaning to go and see Lady in the Water, I really liked Bryce Dallas Howard in The Village. I didn't know until recently that she was Ron Howard's daughter though.
It isn't to everyone's taste, but I enjoyed Lady in the Water. I really liked The Village too.
I haven't heard anything specific about We Need to Talk About Kevin, just generalised good things floating about :)
Great! I'm so glad you obeyed my order to go shopping! Now I can borry dem buuuks off yiz. Apart from the dead puppies one. No.
And MAYBE you can hold off on re-seeing Lady for another week and a half, til I'm free? Pleeeeease?
Bless you, Waterstones, for your 3 for 2 and half-price books! I'm going to London in a couple weeks, and I cannot wait to spend a fortune in there. Cannot wait.
Sure. Not even sure if I will go see it, but if you wanna then I suppose I can drag myself along
Hi Fency. I can't believe you liked Lady in the Water – I can't. I can't. I'm putting my hands over my ears and singing, La lalala. It was so ridiculous that my friend Frodo and I actually got the giggles near the end and couldn't for the life of us stop. Bob Balaban's speech in the hallway? Oh no. No no no. I'm laughing, of course. But I still cannot believe you liked it.
How you doing, friend?
Sing away, I don't care. Me liked it. But, yes, many flaws and problems. But still. I liked it.
Your response sounds like mine to the end of P&P, so horses for courses and other such cliches involving personal taste :)