Posts from ‘March, 2013’

March Summary and Plans for April

March has been a frustrating month reading-wise. A lot of books failed to live up to expectations and only Calamity Leek managed to really impress me. Luckily I’ve ended the month with some books that have started really well – Honour by Elif Shafak  is especially good. Hopefully it will end as well as it began. […]

Ignorance by Michèle Roberts

 Longlisted for the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction Five words from the blurb: village, Jew, war, society, truth I have to be honest. When I saw this book on the WPF longlist I groaned. Did the world really need another book about hiding Jewish people during WWII? The subject has been covered so many times, […]

The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell

Five words from the blurb: different, sisters, secret, parents, suspicious The Death of Bees is a strange book. Strange in terms of premise, but also in my response to it – I can’t decide whether or not I liked it. The book gripped me throughout, but I found the characters, the plot, and the writing […]

Three Mini Reviews

Big Ray by Michael Kimball Five words from the blurb: father, died, guilt, unusual, understanding Big Ray was a morbidly obese man who died alone in his home. His son, Daniel, is distressed that it took several days for anyone to discover his body and over the course of the book we see his grief […]

Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany

 Longlisted for 2013 Women’s Fiction Prize Five words from the blurb: farmer, observes, birds, teach, sex Mateship with Birds was one of the books on the 2013 Women’s Fiction Prize Longlist that didn’t really appeal to me. Luckily the writing quality was fantastic; it’s just a shame that the plot was so simple. Mateship with Birds is […]

Mr Mee by Andrew Crumey

Five words from the blurb: Octogenarian, Rousseau, Internet, philosophical, history I added Mr Mee to my wishlist when Scott Pack compared the author Andrew Crumey to David Mitchell. I think he’s right to compare the two, but unfortunately Mr Mee felt a little dated to me. The book begins with Mr Mee, a wonderfully entertaining elderly […]