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A letter of Mary

The more I read of this series the more I come to love the characters, and indeed the whole set-up. Mary Russell is such a believable character, and King’s Holmes is just perfect.

The mystery at the heart of this novel concerns the death of Dorothy Ruskin. An archaeologist working in Jerusalem, she met up with Russell and Holmes when they travelled the area back in book one. In this book she comes to visit them, bringing with her an exquisite wooden box which contains a parchment on which is written a letter, from Mary of Magdala to her sister. Was it really written by the infamous Mary Magdalen? And was the car accident that killed her really an accident?

Purple Hibiscus

Things started to fall apart at home when my brother, Jaja, did not go to communion and Papa flung his heavy missal across the room and broke the figurines on the étagére.

Kambili, the teenage narrator of the book, is a 15 year old girl. In many ways she lives a priveliged life in Nigeria. Her father owns factories; he is a “big man” in the community. A fact that is brought home to her when she visits her less well off aunt and cousins. But wealth doesn’t equal happiness. Kamibili and her brother Jaja live under the strict rules of their father and his fiercely religious beliefs.

The Golden Compass [based on the book]

I read, and really enjoyed, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials a while back, so I was really looking forward to […]

He taught me how to wash, fight and pray

I really love this sorta weather. Sunny, but a little on the cold side[1] When I headed out this morning […]

The Curse of Chalion

Cazaril heard the mounted horsemen on the road before he saw them. He glanced over his shoulder. The well-worn track behind him curled up around a rolling rise, what passed for a hill on these high windy plains, before dipping again into the late-winter muck of Baocia’s bony soil

Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the big names in SFF, but I’ve only recently come to read her books. A few months ago I read Paladin of Souls, which is the second in the Chalion series. But although there are reoccuring characters and shared history I don’t think you have to have the first one in order to read that. I hadn’t, but I’m sure that if I now reread it after reading The Curse of Chalion it would make a lot more sense.

I place all my trust in Thee

I was just over at non vocabulum where Dena has purchased[1] a statue of Jesus, which prompted me to remember […]

His Dark Materials

Northern Lights / The Golden Compass The Subtle Knife The Amber Spyglass First line [The Golden Compass]: Lyra and her […]

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Based on a true story The Exorcism of Emily Rose deals with the death of Emily Rose. Doctors said she […]

Ill take your brain to another dimension. Pay close attention

So, how did we all get over the christmas and the new year then? I’ll give you a very brief […]

My mind is thinking, maybe I should look to that?

Obviously enough there has been a lot in the papers and on the telly and all over the shop in webland about terrorists and the bombings in London. (Slightly less on the continual attacks in Iraq itself, but that is a different issue) And a lot seem to be asking the question why did these “normal” young British men change. How does some one go from being “sound as a pound” to blowing himself up?

Rare Religious Unity in Jerusalem

The ultra-Orthodox Jewish mayor of Jerusalem has banned an annual gay pride parade due to take place in the holy city next Thursday … Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders had denounced the festival as an abomination.

The Passion of the Christ

I had to go see it really, I mean so much controversy how could I resist. Although after reading various […]