Posts from ‘July, 2011’

July Summary and Plans for August

July has been a slow reading month for me. There were a couple of weeks when I struggled to read anything and I only made my way through Gormenghast because I was hosting the read-along and didn’t want to get behind. On a positive note, I enjoyed everything I read and am happy to recommend all of these […]

Gormenghast – Mervyn Peake

          SPOILER FREE REVIEW Gormenghast is the sequel to the wonderful Titus Groan and it doesn’t disappoint. The writing is just as vivid and the story is, if anything, even more compelling.  The two books are slightly different in style and it took me a while to adjust to the more intimate feel […]

The 2011 Man Booker Prize Long List

The Booker long list has just been announced and I think it is fair to say that it is as surprising as Susan Hill promised it would be. The list is packed with titles from independent publishers and I was pleased to see a few titles that I hadn’t heard of. It is refreshing to […]

The Afterparty by Leo Benedictus

I received a copy of The Afterparty from its publishers, Jonathan Cape, but as I have little interest in celebrity culture or the newspaper industry, the blurb held little appeal. I then saw a glowing review from Kim, and although our taste in books usually matches I assumed that her career in publishing accounted for her love of […]

Who will be long listed for the 2011 Booker Prize?

The long list for the 2011 Booker Prize will be announced on Tuesday 26th July and I have been trying to decide which books will make the cut. Narrowing the field down to 13 books was a difficult task, but here’s a brief explanation of how I made my selection: Previous Bookers Authors who have made […]

Gormenghast Read-along: Week 7

Gormenghast Thirty-Eight – Fitfty-Eight (p565 – p659) . . .This week’s Gormenghast discussion is written by Falaise from 2606 Books and Counting. He is a blogger who, given the average life expectancy of a British man, realised that he will probably only manage to read 2606 books in the rest of his life. He is prioritising the […]