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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Libraries of the Rich and Famous: Part One

I am doing this a bit back to front but check out part one of
Libraries of the Rich and Famous: Part One. Keth Richards library would fit so well into my home, although I am not sure which part unless I added on a rather large extension. It is messy and casual and I would feel really comfortalbe plopping down on a couch with a cup of tea and my latest bestseller. I also love the Hearst library but I would be too scared to breath in case I damaged something. Not a place for a busy young family to curl up with The cat in the hat or Maisy. One can but dream...

Libraries of the Rich and Famous: Part One

I am doing this a bit back to front but check out part one of
Libraries of the Rich and Famous: Part One. Keth Richards library would fit so well into my home, although I am not sure which part unless I added on a rather large extension. It is messy and casual and I would feel really comfortalbe plopping down on a couch with a cup of tea and my latest bestseller. I also love the Hearst library but I would be too scared to breath in case I damaged something. Not a place for a busy young family to curl up with The cat in the hat or Maisy. One can but dream...

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Discovering a new author

I was introduced to Geraldine Brooks by my husband. I am smitten.She writes so beautifully and her characters are full of life and complexity. If you enjoy historical fiction, then this author is for you.She is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and this honor is well deserved. In Year of Wonders she explores the effect of the Plague on a small English hamlet that isolates itself from the world when a bolt of cloth infected with the Plague arrives from London and decimates the villages' population. The story is told from the viewpoint of Anna Frith, a housemaid. Courage, fear and a struggle for survival bring out the best and worst in her fellow villagers and the story makes villains and heroines of the most unlikely people.The story is beautifully told. I love Anna, the main character. She is strong and resourceful, even as she battles her own grief. This book is definitely going on my list of favourites. Other books written by her include March and People of the Book.Watch this blog for further reviews.

Of robots and riots

What would happen if the entire network of technology that we use to make our lives easier were to rise up against us and try to destroy the human race? In ROBOPOCALYPSE by Daniel H. Wilson this idea is turned into terrifying reality, as man and machine battle for survival. Killer cars, buildings bent on destroying their inhabitants and a mastermind bent on destroying the human race while preserve life on the planet. This all makes for an interesting read.The writing is a bit stilted and is written as if it were a non-fiction account of this technological rebellion but I think this adds to the reality of the book. Initially did not think I would enjoy it but after the first few pages I could not put the book down. It is really creepy and a bit gruesome in parts but it is not your typical end of the world novel. Mankind fighting for survival against a common enemy is not a new theme in fiction but Daniel Wilson has a way of keeping you turning the pages. His characters, both human and electronic, are sympathetic and the reader actually cares about what happens to them. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Robopocalypse and if end of the world novels are not generally your cup of tea, why not give this one a try. It makes a riveting and scarily plausible read.

Libraries of the Rich and Famous: Part Two

Dear all,

I found this link from Bookriot and I had to share on my blog. This is a dream for any bibliophile out there.
Libraries of the Rich and Famous: Part Two
Do you have any links to famous or favourite libraries? Please share