Hild

Book 1 of The Light of the World trilogy. The world is always changing, but Britain in the seventh century was a time of huge upheaval in society. Christianity is beginning to make inroads. Kings are beginning to consolidate territories. War is everywhere, and might makes right. In such a world how is a widow […]

Nimona

Lord Blackheart is, as you might suspect from the name, an evil villain. The biggest name in supervillainy! and one day a young girl appears outside his lair, she’s intent on being his sidekick. Nothing he can say or do can dissuade her from joining him. Although following his orders might be a little beyond […]

The Long way to a small angry planet

Wayfarers ; #1 Rosemary Harper is running away from her past. She wants a new life. A new start. So she heads into space, joining the crew of the Wayfarer, a tunnelling ship, and its crew of mixed species and personalities. It is certainly different from what she is used to, and that is what […]

Black Wolves

book 1 in The Black Wolves trilogy. First up, the blurb-y bit, stolen from Goodreads because I cannot condense what this book is about any better than they did : An exiled captain returns to help the son of the king who died under his protection in this rich and multi-layered first book in an […]

Between the world and me

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a name that has floated around me for a while now. Often in discussions on Metafilter about racism and America and what it is to be black, or what it is to think yourself white in the US. But I’ve never really read his work before, so this year’s Diversiverse [ref]What is […]

Jane Eyre’s Sisters

Don’t you just love it when you pick up a book at random thinking it looks vaguely interesting and then you devour it? That is what happened me with this book. I spotted it among the new books at the library and almost didn’t pick it up, mainly because I haven’t been into non-fiction all […]

The day we disappeared

Another one from Mount TBR, recommended by Ellie of Curiosity killed the Bookworm. Kate is running away from her life. The stress of her life in Dublin has prompted some sort of a breakdown, or a burnout, she wants a complete break from that. So here she is, in Somerset, in an eventing yard, trying […]

Traitors’ Gate

Crossroads; book 3 So, this is book three, so to give a quick recap would be to give spoilers for the previous books, so I won’t. However, I will say that this is less of a review and more of “oh my god” feels sort of wandering thought process. I don’t know why anyone would […]

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The Scorpio Races

First read in August 2012, reread Oct 2014 as part of this year’s RIP reading1 . Near the village of Thisby on the island of Skarmouth lives Puck Connolly her two brothers. Her parents were killed a few years back, they went out on the boat fishing and the capaill uisce got them. And what, […]

Tigerman

Lester Ferris has seen a lot and done a lot in his life. A sergeant in the British Army he has more than served his country, and now he has been sent to the island of Mancreu in preparation for his retirement. It is a former British colony and he is to serve as the […]

Triptych

When the aliens came it was nothing like the way science fiction and popular culture had predicted it. There was no invasion, instead they were refugees. Their own planet had collapsed, killing the majority, only a few escaped. Earth took them in and began to integrate them into human culture. Of course there were plenty […]

The dollmaker

I originally read this book in October of 2010, my original review is below but I have a few additional thoughts after my reread.

It is still a hugely powerful and effective read, I reread it because I suggested it for a new book club I’ve joined and thought I should refresh my memory. I’m not sure it was a great choice for the club, it is quite hard to find here in in Ireland and the second hand copies people have been buying has quite small print. Plus it is a big long book. But it is a great book club read because of its contents, imo anyway, we will see when we meet up at the end of the month.

I adore the character of Gertie Nevels. She is just a wonderful person, and yet at the same time she isn’t idealised or held up as some shining example. She is a person who makes the best out of what she got, and what she got is not a lot.

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It is a great book and everyone should read it.


original review :

ISBN: 0380009471

The world is at war, and the army is stealing away the men, and those that are left are being hauled off to work in the factories in order to assist the war effort. In rural Kentucky Gertie is lucky enough to still have her husband around, he drives the coal truck, but knows that this situation cannot last. He has his date with the army already lined up. But she is preparing as best she can. She has been saving her money and almost has enough to offer on a nearby farm. Without having to pay half what they earn on rent Gertie and her family will be able to plan for the future. But on the eve of her plans coming to fruition all is ruined and she must uproot her family and follow her husband to the city of Detroit.

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