Zi71bFS9nQHnivtvUJquhejTHIQ The Story Factory Reading Zone: September 2010

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Great Apes (A Review)

Despite not being a very inspiring premise, the author really captured my imagination with his thoughts on how a chimp society would differ from ours. It was a slow start, but got considerably better as the book went on.

Read as part of a BookCrossing ray, so please do not request that I send the book to you

Sunday, 12 September 2010

We Need To Talk About Kevin (A Review)

An amazingly engrossing book, told from the point of view of a mother trying to come to terms with her child's actions. I found it incredibly hard to put this book down, as it took me through all the tosses and turns ouf a less than ordinary family life. There were questions a plenty- all of which were resolved, but none truly answered. Sometimes shocking, this book is a must for anyone willing to question their expectations of what it means to be a criminal.

This book is available to anyone in the UK who would like to read it (otherwise I plan to take it to the BookCrossing UnConvention in Swindon)

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Hippopotamus (A Review)

To be honest, whilst I like Stephen Fry on TV and enjoyed his autobiographical book, I found this story rather too crude for my liking. It was also quite hard to follow at first, because of the way it went back and forth between different characters and time periods. Whilst I can't say that I particularly enjoyed this book, I am glad that I read it. There was certainly a kind of feel-good factor to its ending. I don't think I'll be reading another Stephen Fry fiction however.

I am quite happy to send this book to any UK readers who are interested. Just send me a PM via BookCrossing, Born Free Books or BookMooch if you are interested.

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Three Men in A Boat (Review & Stream of Suggestions)

The Review:
Jocular and informative, I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting to read about what the Thames was like in the past and the anacedotes kept the mood light.

Please do not request this book as I borrowed it from family and its not mine to pass on!

Stream Of Suggestions
Books mentioned in the main text
Bradshaw's Guide
'Sandford and Martin' by Day  
Books mentioned in the introduction
'The Delightful Life of Pleasure on The Thames' by James Englefield
'On The Stage and Off' by Jerome K. Jerome
'Idle Thoughts of An Idle Fellow' by Jerome K' Jerome
'Treasure Island' by Robert Louis Stevenson
'A Study in Scarlet' by Conan Doyle
'King Soloman's Mines' by Rider Haggard
'Plain Tales from the Hills' by Rudyard Kipling
'Diary of a Nobody' by George and Weedon Grassmith
'Stage-Land' by Jerome K. Jerome
'Three Men on the Burrel' by Jerome K. Jerome
'The Passing of the Third Floor Back. by Jerome K. Jerome
Authors mentioned in the introduction
Kenneth Grahame

I already have 'Plain Tales from the Hills' in my TBR piles, so that will probably be my next 'Stream of Suggestions' book
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