And the ocean was our sky

This is a beautiful book. Even if you have no interest in reading it I would recommend you pick it up and just flick through the art. Cai does a wonderful job of depicting the world of the whales. Really really beautiful. The book itself is a retelling of Moby Dick, only from the perspective […]

The poison belt

Last year I read the first book in the Professor Challenger stories, The Lost World, where the land of the dinosaurs was discovered by Challenger and his team of explorers. A word of warning, some of it is quite racist in that early C20th-England-is-superior, but if you can’t be English at least try and be […]

So lucky

Handheld Modern ; 2 I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve read by Griffith, and she has written in a wide variety of genres, science, historical, and mystery, and that’s just the books I’ve read by her. So I would highly recommend you read anything by her. Her writes sucks you into the world she creates and […]

The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories

Doesn’t Christmas feel a long time ago, but that isn’t true, it was less than a month ago. In the leadup I started reading this collection of Victorian Christmas ghost stories, and only finished them this week. Hence the slightly unseasonable title. There are thirteen stories in this collection, all first published in magazines and […]

Tin Man

My book club chose this for the January meeting, and although I hadn’t even started it when the book club met at the beginning of the month I thought I’d give it a try anyway. I do remember seeing very positive mentions of it online last year but never felt the inclination to read it. […]

Us against you

originally published as Vi mot er; translated by Neil Smith Beartown ; book 2 It has been a while since I read this. I think I finished it at the start of the month, but I am only finding the time to blog about it now. I’ve been falling behind lately. Monthly updates are way […]

His last bow

Containing – “The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge” (1908), “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box” (1892), “The Adventure ,of the Red Circle” (1911), “The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans” (1908), “The Adventure of the Dying Detective” (1913), “The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax” (1911), “The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot” (1910), and, “His Last Bow. An […]

Confronting the classics

I feel like I’ve been reading this book since forever, which is pretty much true as I started reading it back in February. But it is a collection of essays/reviews so I’d read one and then read something else and then come back and read another. And finally, on Friday, after many months I read […]

Anatomy of a scanal

Told from a variety of point of views, and interspersed with flashbacks this book starts off with an affair that turns into an alleged rape. Sophie is married to James, the man accused in this case. Kate is the prosecuting barrister. One believes him guilty and will do everything to secure a conviction. The other […]