Zi71bFS9nQHnivtvUJquhejTHIQ The Story Factory Reading Zone: Borrowed and bought books

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Borrowed and bought books

I'd like to share with you now some of the books I've borrowed or bought at my local library. Whilst I don't use the library as much as I probably ought to I do enjoy using it to try out new books or to find the next in a series that I'm desperate to read, but am not sure if its worth buying. Other times I might just pop in to browse and find a real gem that I wanted to read. I've also been lucky enough to be able to buy cheap books at my library until recently and I've used this to get hold of extra copies of books I think would be good for bookcrossing. Where possible the following include reviews so that you can decide if this book is for you as well:

Borrowed Books

Star Warped
A very funny (and sometimes adult) take on the Star Wars Trilogy combined with all sorts of other science fiction and comedy references. Light-hearted, it made a change from my usual reading and was easy to read at the same time as another book.
Second Sight
An often moving story spanning several generations, Second Sight is hard to put down. I found myself feeling part of the extended family whose emotions and experiences we were told so much of. The only thing I wish for this book is that the story had carried on for just a few more pages.
A Theory of Relativity
Interesting story delving into the issues surrounding adoption and child custody. Was a little slow at the start and ocassional US references sometimes lost me. Final chapter, from child's POV, made a lovely ending.

The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
Another ingenious tale of bookworld by Jasper Fforde, this tale satirises the very process of writing itself. Funny and witty, this book is often hard to put down. Fforde's work is pure genius, his characters are surprising despite (or maybe because of) many being well-known by many an avid reader. Its hard to classify what genre his work forms, but this particularly book is more closely related to the detectove genre than any other. Jasper's work is enhanced by the presence of imaginative credits, adverts and, on his website, behind-the-scenes footage (accessed via the book's very own password). Highly recommended.
Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Carbon Footprint by Michael Bond
A tale with an unexpected ending and some funny moments, 'Monsieur Pamplemouse and the Carbon Footprint' is a good light read. I couldn't help thinking, however, that I had missed something on several ocassions. Whilst the subject is adult at times, the telling keeps some resembance to the Paddington Bear stories for which Michael Bond is famous. I appreciated the story, but will not bother to read more in the series 
The Stupidest Angel
Hilarious, witty and perverse at the same time, this book is a must-read for any adult, especially if they're struggling with the stresses Christmas can bring. Picking up this book at the local library, I wasn't sure if it would be right for me, but it turned out to be so strange that it was good. Horror and humour put together with pure genius.
Star Trek Destiny: Book 3 Lost Souls by David Mack
I wish I'd read the first two books before I read this one. A lot of the characters (and some species) were new to me and it took me a little while to settle into the plot. However, once I'd worked out what had already happened, this was a good journey back into the world of Star Trek. I loved the fact that a lot of characters from the TV series were featured and the interactions between them were obviously well thought out. There were several sub-plots interlinked which worked well and was especially well done considering that two completly diferent time periods were used. All in all, a very good book for Trekkies and a good escapist read for other sci-fi fans. Just one warning though, if you're a fan whose not watched the TV series to the end you may find a few spoilers in this one!  

Bought Books

The True History of Paradise
Girl Meet Ape
Oxford Knot
Well-written, this book was very enjoyable to read. Its portrayal of a novelists life was very convincing and the mystery was enough to keep you reading. I would certainly recommend this book. 
The Truth
Stone Cold

Which of your reviewed / bought books have come from your library?
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