Posts from ‘January, 2014’

Brief Thoughts: Jack Glass, Men We Reaped and The Lie

Jack Glass by Adam Roberts Five words from the blurb: society, crime, asteroid, murder, freedom Jack Glass started well, with a group of prisoners being left on an asteroid. These men will only survive their ten-year prison sentence if they work together to produce food and water, mining the rock for everything they require. The dynamics of this […]

DVD Review: Untouchable (French Cinema)

Five words from the blurb: Paris, slum, quadriplegic, wealthy, adventure I don’t normally review films on this blog, but I don’t often watch ones that are as good as this! Untouchable is funny, but moving; entertaining, but with a deeper message beneath the surface. It is made even more wonderful by the fact that it is […]

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Five words from the blurb: botanical, explorer, woman, independent, evolution The Signature of All Things was the best novel I read in 2013. It is a rich, atmospheric story about one woman and her passion for moss. I know that sounds like the dullest premise imaginable, but Elizabeth Gilbert has woven horticultural details with amazing […]

Brief Thoughts: Salvation of a Saint, My Husband’s Secret, Underworld, The Summer of the Ubume

Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino Five words from the blurb: husband, dead, poisoning, suspect, deceit This wasn’t in the same league as The Devotion of Suspect X. The writing was simpler and it didn’t contain any of the same clever twists. I read to the end in the hope of being surprised, but […]

Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Five words from the blurb: dusty, books, curious, analysis, technology Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is an entertaining mystery that will appeal to book lovers. The story focuses on Clay, a web-designer who gets a job working the night-shift at a mysterious book shop. Clay becomes increasingly puzzled by the fact that no-one ever buys any […]

Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser

 Winner of 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award Five words from the blurb: world, guides, tourist, return, dreams Questions of Travel picked up almost every literary award possible when it was released in Australia. It also received a very mixed selection of reviews. I was interested to see how I’d react to this divisive book so […]