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My Week Ahead in Books…

First of all, apologies for the lack of posts recently! I’ve moved and have had no internet for a very long time *grumble grumble EE internet* Anyways, this week I’m reading Dream London by Tony Ballantyne. I’m about halfway and I’m not really enjoying it yet. It’s about a future London where all of the buildings move about and nothing is as you left it. It’s an interesting concept but I’m not sure how it’s going to progress. 

I’ve also started If I Stay by Gayle Forman as the film is out this week and I’d like to read it before I see the film. I’m 20 pages in and it’s already sad, I feel this may not be an appropriate read for public transport, don’t want to start sobbing…

What are you reading this week?

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I went to the Gollancz Festival at Waterstones this evening. It was a celebration of all things sci-fi and fantasy. Gollancz got a dozen or so of their authors together to do various readings and Q & As and the result was a one day festival with digital events during the day and a live event in the evening.

The evening was split into two rooms. The one I was in had a reading by Joanne Harris, author of The Gospel of Loki and an interview with Joe Hill. Then there was a presentation of four debut authors for Gollancz who were all being published this year. They all seemed friendly and very excited to become published authors. I particularly want to read The Boy with the Porcelain Blade by Den Patrick.

Next, Patrick Rothfuss gave a talk, which was basically what I was there for! The Name of the Wind is one of my favourite books so I jumped at the chance to go and see him talk. He was very funny and asked for unusual questions rather than the usual ‘what’s your inspiration?’ Q & A fare. The results were good. He is very opinionated about writing which makes for a much more interesting talk than an author who sits on the fence giving bland answers. He didn’t tell us anything about The Kingkiller Chronicle Book 3 unfortunately!

It was a really engaging event, nice to have some variation in authors and format. Great collaboration between Gollancz and Waterstones, long may it continue, I’ll look forward to next year’s!

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My Week Ahead in Books…

I’ve finished Champion by Marie Lu so a review will be up soon. Apologies for the lack of posts at the moment, severe lack of access to Internet is making life difficult! But I’m looking forward to trying to put my thoughts about Champion in order…

I’m undecided on what to start next. Potentially a book called Dream London by Tony Ballantyne as I think some urban fantasy would be good.

What are you reading this week?

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Bookslam

I went to Bookslam in east London this evening and it was brilliant. If you get a chance to go, I really recommend it! There’s one a month and it moves from venue to venue across London. It’s a kind of literary variety performance. They have an author, a comedian, a poet usually and a few other performers along the way. Tonight’s was great, I particularly loved Kate Tempest who is a performance poet, among other things. I’d never heard of her and I really didn’t think I would have any interest in performance poetry but she’s electric to watch. She’s very quiet and honest and then she just comes alive in her poetry and is piercingly observational about the world we live in. I recommend checking out her stuff and Bookslam.

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My Week Ahead in Books…

I’m reading Champion by Marie Lu, finally! This came out a while ago and I’ve been meaning to finish the series. I really like it so far, I was worried I wouldn’t remember enough to enjoy it but it’s a dystopian world that I actually really like. It’s quite an addictive read, I keep reading it on the tube, getting to work and realising I have to stop reading now. I can’t stop thinking about how it all will end. Anybody else like this series?

What are you reading this week?

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My Week Ahead in Books

I’ve finished The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson so I’m just reading Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan now. I couldn’t get into it at first but I read it on a long train journey yesterday and am now enjoying it.

I’ve come home for the weekend so I’ve been reunited with all my books! I only keep a small amount in London so I miss the rest of them! I’ve got to pack them all up so expect some pictures of long lost books I’d forgotten about!

What are you reading this week?

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Review: She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Laureth, 16, and her younger brother, Benjamin, go in search of their missing father in an attempt to discover what happened to him and bring him home. The only barrier to their search is the Atlantic Ocean, Laureth and Benjamin are in London and their dad was last seen in New York.

I read this at the recommendation of a friend who invited me to go to Marcus Sedgwick’s recent event at Waterstones so I thought I would try and read the book in time. Also, the reviews on Amazon use words like ‘original!’ ‘fast-paced thriller!’ - I was excited. 

Laureth is blind so it was really interesting to read from a blind person’s perspective and it isn’t something that you read very often. She is described in the book as brave and determined and while flying to the US without an adult when you are blind is definitely a brave thing to do, there doesn’t seem to be much else to support this description. Sedgwick doesn’t give us much of Laureth’s character before she’s off on her crazy mission so I didn’t really feel like she was well-established enough for me to get behind her. She’s not that much of a character, I fear I will have forgotten about her in a couple of book’s time as I didn’t feel particularly invested in her plight. I was curious to find out what had happened to her dad but that was it and my curiosity wasn’t enough to make me enjoy the book.

Laureth’s dad has an interest in coincidence which dominates much of the book. However, all of the supposed theorising about coincidence is effectively the author just discussing the same points over and over, there’s not really any progression. By the end it all feels meaningless rather than profound.

This has great reviews on Amazon so I fear I have just missed the point entirely on this one but I wouldn’t recommend this book.

Rating - * 1 star

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My week ahead in books…#24

So I’m still on Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan but that isn’t going to get read very fast because it’s too big for me to take on my journey to work which is where I do most of my reading. In order to take a smaller book I’ve been reading She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick. I have just finished it and… I don’t get it. Review will follow but the gist is…general uncertainty. I’m seeing Marcus Sedgwick at an event this week so I’m looking forward to listening to him and hearing him talk about She Is Not Invisible.

I need a new travel-sized book now. It may be Champion by Marie Lu as I really need to finish that series. I also may pick up The Knife of Never Letting Go.

What are you reading this week?

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Review: David by Mary Hoffman

Did you ever wonder who was the model for Michelangelo’s famous statue of David? Me neither! But Mary Hoffman’s imagined story for him will make you think again. 

In early sixteenth century Florence, Gabriele arrives and finds himself in a city ruled by deadly politics. He soon finds himself working as a stonecutter and an artist’s model for his brother, Angelo. Despite wishing to remain neutral, he is drawn into the dangerous political games being played out in the houses and streets of Florence.

Mary Hoffman’s Stravaganza series was a favourite of mine as a teenager so I was curious to see what else she had written. David is a very light historical fiction with an interesting concept. I had never thought about the models for all of the great works of art we see in museums so I like the idea that Hoffman based her story on this. I was in the V&A today and thinking of this book made me think twice about the sculptures I was seeing.

The writing is easy to read and you’ll probably get through this fairly quickly. The story has an interesting base but there were quite a few Italian names and political factions that I kind of lost track of a little bit. Gabriele is popular with the ladies and his numerous affairs are quite amusing, whether they were meant to be or not. 

It’s a nice, light read if you’re looking for something along those lines but I would recommend Hoffman’s Stravaganza series over David.

Rating - ** 2 stars

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Books About Town

Check out the Books About Town project! BookBenches have popped up around London and are here to stay over the summer. They are a celebration of reading and particularly of London and England’s literary heritage. 

If you check out the website, there are maps of what books are where and 4 different trails you can do across the city. I’m going to attempt to find some later today!

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My Week Ahead in Books…#23

I am reading Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan but as it is so large, I decided I needed to start a book alongside it that I could read on the tube on the way to work. So I started David by Mary Hoffman and now have about 20 pages left! I’ve enjoyed it, it’s very light and easy to read.

I’m also off to see one more event at Foyles this week. Their Grand Opening Festival has been great! Hope you all get to see the new snazzy store.

What’s your week ahead in books looking like?

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