Wednesday, December 8

books

what happens when you take time away from 'net surfin'?
reading...

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
From Amazon.com
Worth:
Enjoyed:

Stay away from this one if you like your tales normal.
I didn't write my review here.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Love in the Time of Cholera
From Amazon.com
From Amazon UK
Worth:
Enjoyed:
I struggled to get into this but when I picked it up again I was pulled into the tale. No doubt that Marquez weaves a lavish and rich tapestry of characters and places.
For a time there I was immersed and intrigued. Yet by the ending I was disenchanted. I won't spoil anything for you but there's a minor relationship that made me uncomfortable due to the girl's young age. So with that bad taste in my mouth, I carried on. Only I was left empty. I just didn't like the protagonist enough to care if things turned out well for him.
I would still recommend it if you find it in the library.
Love in the Time of Cholera
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
From Amazon.com
From Amazon UK
Worth:
Enjoyed:

Finally got around to this. I enjoyed her style as it comes across as fiction rather than a dry autobiography. The first half is really interesting, covering her time in the South during the 40's. Well, it's all quite interesting.
However, whilst I began fully expecting to sympathise with her, I was left a little cold. I can't say I particularly admired or liked her after reading the first in her series.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


"Stand Back," Said the Elephant, "I'm Going to Sneeze!" "Stand Back," Said the Elephant, "I'm Going to Sneeze!"
From Amazon.com
From Amazon UK
Age: 3-6
The pixiegirl is tickled by sneezing and loves animals so I thought that this one would be just her thing.
We both enjoy it. It's funny and has a great rhyme going on. It's longish.
He doesn't actually sneeze which was a surprise and a bit of a let down, but the silly tale makes up for it.
Recommended.

Whopper Cake Whopper Cake
From Amazon.com
From Amazon UK
Age: 3-5
This one is so-so. I like the premise. But the text and imposed accent doesn't do it for me. The pixie girl likes it okay but won't request it.
Okay if you find it in the library.


3 comments:

  1. Well, there you go. I do love your not-review of JS and Mr N : )

    And I'm with you on each one of those books, (of the grown-up variety - don't know the children's ones). I felt exactly the same about Love in the Time of Cholera, (I actually preferred 100 yrs of Solitude).

    Ditto re Maya Angelou.

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  2. I ordered that first one after your non-review of it. Was just too curious and found it really cheap. Don't know when I'll ever get around to it, though.

    That one about the elephant looks fun. Will have to see if the library has it.

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  3. I'm going to take a look at Love in the Time of Cholera. Thanks. I agree with you about Angelou's autobiography.

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