Eggshells

I first noticed Eggshells when it arrived at work, with those hints about changelings and fairy tale echoes. But I didn’t pick it up at the time. It was only more recently when the author was named as winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature 2018 that I decided I’d give it a go. […]

Illustration of three heads Jane Eyre, a Fox, and a little girl

Jane, the fox, and me

Translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou Oh, this is a beautiful book. The art work is just lovely, I love the style of it. Simple, often black and white, but with some full colour spreads. It is really wonderful. And the art matches the story. Hélène used to have friends, but then something happened, […]

Part of the cover image of The new friend by Jenny Colgan, features two girls one holding a puffin the other a parrot.

The new friend

Polly and the Puffin ; book 3 I haven’t read any of the others in this series, but if they are all like this then they are cute little stories about a girl and her puffin, with lovely illustrations. I’d say they are suitable for either reading aloud to children, or for children who are […]

The dragon with a chocolate heart

I never actually added this book to Mount TBR when I saw Ana’s review on The Book Smugglers, but I did mentally make a note of it. And spotted it and ordered it for work. And it came in last week. And I saw it, so I borrowed it. And I loved it The dragon […]

The LEGO Batman Movie

Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city […]

Cold Steel

Book three in the Spiritwalker trilogy. Short, totally spoiler-free review is “aahhhhh, read it!” but three words may not be enough to persuade everyone. So to that I’ll add that this is a book by Kate Elliott and so it has great female characters, epic fantasy action, magic, treachery, love, and examines power structures all […]

The Left hand of darkness by Ursula K Le Guin

The left hand of darkness

Read for the Coursera online course, Carl’s 2012 Science Fiction Experience, the Not Just for Stormtroopers Sci-Fi challenge, & the Gender in Fantasy & Sci-Fi 2012 Genly Ai has been on Gethen for two years. He is the First Mobile, send by the Ekumen to be the first contact between them and a new world. […]

Code name Verity

reread 24th Sept 2018 for my bookclub. And on rereading I still really enjoyed this book. I still think that some of it is a little forced, and the first person narrator telling a third person story is a little contrived. But I still loved it and would highly recommend it. I’m not sure the […]

How many miles to Babylon?

ISBN: 9780141046969 ; Quotes

Because I am an officer and a gentleman they have given me my notebooks, pen, ink and paper.

Growing up Alec has always been isolated. His parents despise one another, he is one of their battlegrounds, and his mother refuses to send him to school. Instead he has tutors and lessons at home. But no friends, for he is one of the Anglo-Irish at a time when Home Rule was everywhere. But through his love of riding and horses he meets a local boy, Jerry. As they grow older however the barriers between them grow more evident. Jerry understands this more than Alec, but nevertheless they mostly remain friends until Alec’s mother forbids it. Jerry is working at this stage, and Alec is taking more of an interest in the running of the estate and, in some ways, bonding with his father. And then war comes.

Alex doesn’t really see any need to join up. But his mother thinks it would be a good idea. And in the end she gets her way. Alec meets up with Jerry and discovers that he too is signing up, although for more practical reasons, he needs the King’s Shilling.

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