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  1. Well written, well researched and Victorian and Gothic - although set in 1906 is a touch after the Victorian era but conditions would have remained the same. No twists in this novel but it was easy to read and entertaining, which I what I wanted. Maud is confined to the Asylum and is treated in what was becoming even then an old-fashioned and somewhat brutal way. A new doctor arrives and hypnotises her and that's when things start to change. Maud then remembers what's been done to her and is deemed cured, even by the doctor who confined her, and is let out. She then decides to check her memory and goes back to the house where she worked before she was confined.
  2. I will. ETA From the research that I did this book hangs on the translation. Apparently the D.P. Costello translation is good but doesn't really give the nuances needed for the book (so they say!)
  3. Just bought The Blind Owl (Authorized by The Sadegh Hedayat Foundation - First Translation into English Based on the Bombay Edition) Paperback – 1 Nov. 2011by Sadegh Hedayat (Author), Naveed Noori (Translator). I will really need to keep away from Goodreads recommendations, 🙂 the TBR was out of control a long time ago!
  4. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell: Susanna Clarke
  5. The Women's Prize for Fiction 2021 Winner It is our great pleasure to confirm Piranesi by Susanna Clarke as the winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021. I have already read this and it is amazing. Highly recommended
  6. Maldoror : (Les Chants de Maldoror), Conte De Lautreamont , Translated by Guy Wernham (Surrealist fiction, apparently)
  7. Just bought Mosaic Crochet Workshop: Modern geometric designs for throws and accessories out on paperback 14 Sept. 2021 by Esme Crick and Pierre and Jean by Guy de Maupassant. Also, The Asylum by Karen Coles
  8. Excellent book. I didn't want to read it because it got such great reviews and then I found it on sale in the supermarket so bought it on impulse. I'm glad I did. Totally original and very well written, I literally couldn't put it down. Always loved Shakespeare at school and a fictitious account of his family life was more welcome than I imagined. An easy read and very compelling. Recommended.
  9. The Florentines: From Dante to Galileo by Paul Strathern and Modern Guide to Textured Crochet: A collection of wonderfully tactile stitches by Lee Sartori
  10. Fifth in the Frey and McGrey series, this one is about McGrey's consultant clairvoyant who ends up accused of six murders and is set to hang for them. The explanation is as convoluted as the story but it's a wonderful romp through 1800s Edinburgh and the spiritualist things that were then believed with an astonishing forensic science obviously in it's infancy but none the less growing. Recommended
  11. Charlie Watts, drummer for the Rolling Stones
  12. The Darker Arts, Oscar de Muriel. Number five in the Frey and McGrey series.
  13. From Amazon : War & War begins at a point of danger: on a dark train platform Korim is on the verge of being attacked and robbed by thuggish teenagers. From here, we are carried along by the insistent voice of this nervous clerk. Desperate, at times almost mad, but also keenly empathic, Korim has discovered in a small Hungarian town's archives an antique manuscript of startling beauty: it narrates the epic tale of brothers-in-arms struggling to return home from a disastrous war. Korim is determined to do away with himself, but before he commits suicide, he feels he must escape to New York with the precious manuscript and commit it to eternity by typing it all out onto the world wide web. Following Korim with obsessive realism through the streets of New York (from his landing in a Bowery flophouse to his move far uptown with a mad interpreter), War and War relates his encounters with a fascinating range of people in a world torn between viciousness and mysterious beauty. Following the eight chapters of War & War is a short 'prequel acting as a sequel', 'Isaiah', which brings us to a dark bar, years before in Hungary, where Korim rants against the world and threatens suicide. Written like nothing else (turning single sentences into chapters), War & War affirms W. G. Sebald's comment that Krasznahorkai's prose far surpasses all the lesser concerns of contemporary writing. I would add that this book is incredible. It's divided into chapters which are then divided into paragraphs but where this differs from everything else is that the paragraphs are numbered and consist of a single sentence. They vary in length, some ar two pages long and some are three lines long. And the story itself is something that I've never read before. I struggled with it until the last chapters but enjoyed it so kept reading. Even though I struggled I wanted to find out what happened next. Weird but recomended
  14. Books 1 - 8 in the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch on Kindle
  15. Does anybody, like me, do this? Tsundoku: The Practice of Buying More Books Than You Can Read (treehugger.com)
  16. I was too young to see Graham Bonnet with Rainbow but bought that line-up's album and still like it today. I've seen Dio era Sabbath and Gillen with Deep Purple (can't remember if Blackmore was there or not, probably not as their enmity by then was legendary even by their standards) and I did see Dio in his own band. All worthwhile gigs. The book definitely isn't, which is a shame because it's not a badly written book.
  17. Love Steppenwolf! Just bought Correction by Thomas Bernhard
  18. War and War, László Krasznahorkai
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