Shelf Control #5: When We Were Romans by Matthew Kneale

Shelf Control is a weekly book meme @ Bookshelf Fantasies in which we write about one book that we want to read and already own. Read our hostess Lisa’s choice for this week over here. Nine-year-old Lawrence is the man in his family. He carefully watches over his willful little sister, Jemima, and his mother, Hannah. When Hannah becomes … Continue reading Shelf Control #5: When We Were Romans by Matthew Kneale

Top Ten Tuesday: Opening Lines

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and for this week, we have been asked to make a list of our top 10 opening lines. It seems opening lines are the flavour of the season since I covered them last week too. In that post, I talked about books … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Opening Lines

Short Notes: Black Beadle by E.C.R. Lorac (1939)

Conversations, conversations, and still more conversations. I don't think I have ever read a mystery in which there were so many conversations between the various characters. At times, it seemed Lorac was writing a Novel of Ideas rather than a mystery. And the situation is definitely serious. It is 1939 and the Jewish Question is … Continue reading Short Notes: Black Beadle by E.C.R. Lorac (1939)

Short Notes: Los Alamos by Joseph Kanon (1997)

Los Alamos. 1945. Robert Oppenheimer and his group are running against time to create (what a character in another novel termed it) "the ultimate solution". The murder of a security guard sets the alarm bells ringing and Michael Connolly is sent to investigate the murder. Among the first things told to him when he reaches … Continue reading Short Notes: Los Alamos by Joseph Kanon (1997)

Shelf Control #4: A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

Shelf Control is a weekly book meme @ Bookshelf Fantasies in which we write about one book that we want to read and already own. Read our hostess Lisa’s choice for this week over here. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian was bestselling author Marina Lewycka's bestselling debut novel which has sold over one million copies worldwide. Lewycka tells … Continue reading Shelf Control #4: A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

#DDM ReadingWeeK: Daphne by Justine Picardie (2008)

People are often dismissive of librarians and libraries - as if the words are synonymous with boredom or timidity. But isn't that where the best stories are kept? Hidden away on the library bookshelves, lost and forgotten, waiting, waiting, until someone like me comes along, and wants to borrow them. In her fifties and about … Continue reading #DDM ReadingWeeK: Daphne by Justine Picardie (2008)

Friday’s Forgotten Book: … And Presumed Dead by Lucille Fletcher (1963)

The shadows stretched their arms to her. They cried in broken voices, just beyond, always beyond. There was no end. The ultimate cruelty, the ultimate uncertainty remained. The Indo-Pak war of 1971 resulted in the creation of Bangladesh (till then the East wing of Pakistan) and was won by India. However, like any other victory … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: … And Presumed Dead by Lucille Fletcher (1963)