Saturday, 31 January 2015

January - Vintage Mystery Update

I shot through quite a few books that counted towards the Vintage Mystery Challenge this month.

Sorry they are all being bunged together in one post for the moment - for the first time in ages I am WAY ahead with my post scheduling *happy dance*. The reviews for these books will be posted in the coming months. :)

The Golden Score Card got 2 books marked of in the shape of James Bond novels. 

"Read one book by an author you've never read before" - Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

"Read one book set anywhere except the U.S. or England - Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming (parts are in the U.S. but a chunk is also set in Jamaica and the book comes to an end there)

The Silver Score Card got 6 books ticked of and this time it was all Agatha Christie.

"Read one book set anywhere except the U.S. or England" - A Caribbean Mystery

"Read one book with an animal in the title" - The Pale Horse

"Read one book with a man in the title" - Poirot's Early Cases

"Author whose first or last name begins with the same letter as yours" - The Clock

"Eat, drink and be merry : featuring food, drink or a party" - Hallowe'en Party

Read a book published under more than one title" - The Mirror Crack's from Side to Side


Happy Reading Everyone!

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Bleak House by Charles Dickens Part #3


Mr Jarndyce is so cute. I really can’t think of another term to fit. He has a room that he calls the ‘Growlery’ which is where he goes when he is feeling…well…growly (I wish I had one of them) and if someone has put him in a bad mood, instead of naming the person and placing the blame specifically he talks about the wind being in the ‘east’. See? Cute.

Richard, sadly, is turning out to be a bit of a numpty in his view of things, especially in money matters. I think I am going to get fed up of him very quickly if he continues on in the way he is going.

Esther is settling in well to her position as ward/companion/housekeeper and receives and unexpected visit from Mr Guppy a lawyers clerk. I won’t spoil anything by saying why he is visiting but I will say that it seemed to come out of nowhere for me so I don’t know how poor Esther must have felt.

The harsher side of Victorian living is touched on in this section as Ada and Esther are taken to see a family of brick-makers. Two very real issues of the times, domestic abuse and infant death, are very much to the fore.

Mr Omniscient makes an appearance in chapter 10 and thanks to Mr Tulkinghorn – the Dedlock’s lawyer – some new characters are introduced to the mix. Yay, more people.

And finally there is a cliff-hanger. Until now I haven’t seen any of the endings as ‘on the edge of your seat’ material. But now we have a candle going out, a dark unfamiliar room and a body on a bed. Dun dun duuuuun.

“As he rattled on the door, the candle which had drooped so long, goes out, and leave him in the dark; with the gaunt eyes in the shutters staring down upon the bed.”  

Ooo draamaa!

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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme that you can find over at Tynga's Reviews :)

ASDA is to blame for this purchase :)

As Wolf Hall has been turned into a tv series and I have my no-watch-if-I-haven't-read-it rule I jumped at the book when I saw it. 

And I am never one to say no to dragons :) And just look at the cover. It is so shiney and scaley.

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Thursday, 22 January 2015

How to Break a Dragon's Heart (How to Train Your Dragon Bk #8) by Cressida Cowell

How to Break a Dragon's Heart (How to Train Your Dragon, #8)
(books cover and synopsis from
Can Hiccup complete the Impossible Task, battle Berserks, save Fishlegs from being fed to the Beast AND discover the secret of the Lost Throne? What's a Hero to do?!

I have been saying from the beginning how these books always leave me with a kind of thoughtful sad pang. The different with this one is that it was like that from the beginning. 

Thumbs Up
We are given more insight into the Viking culture and how they go about things (e.g. if you want to live, don't fall in love). We also find out why Fishlegs would have been found adrift as sea and why Hiccup is call Hiccup (admit it, you have been desperate to know too). Several bits and pieces that were dropped in through the other books were also drawn together here. 

What I love is that although these books are written for pre-teens and up they are not dumbed down at all and are actually getting more serious as the series goes on. 

Dragons with eye beams! I don't know if this little fact has been in another book and just went over my head at the time but what a brilliant idea. They have head lights!

More insane 'hero types' are introduced and we get to see a whole new island. 

Thumbs Down
This whole book seemed to have a big fat cloud hanging over it. From the beginning there is this haunted feel to things. The first chapter is call 'The Lost Child' after all. 

Slight spoiler - Me reading the first few pages : What do you mean Camacazi is MISSING?

There was more than one point that I found down right unsettling and Alvin is back *groan*.

All in All
Although the black cloud hovered over this book the sun did break through to keep up the laughs. 

Favourite Quotes

"T-T-Toothless NOT go in your father's study...Toothless N-N-Not play with the funny magic stone. Toothless somewhere else at the time..."

Valhallarama of the White arms and Chunky Thighs

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