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review 2016-08-30 14:35
Corduroy Mansions ★★☆☆☆
Corduroy Mansions - Alexander McCall Smith

It started out well, with a quirky cast of characters and funny little observations about people and the world in general. But it never gelled as a story, and many characters ended up feeling like having a houseful of guests who are at first amusing, then tiresome, then annoying, and who won't take the hint to leave. The clumsy attempt to tie together the characters' storylines failed, and half the plot points hinted at in the first half of the book went nowhere, and worst of all, every single female character (5 of them) revolved around their desperate need for men.  

 

In the end, the only character I could even work up an interest in was the dog. 

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text 2016-08-14 16:25
Corduroy Mansions - progress 52/353 pages
Corduroy Mansions - Alexander McCall Smith

"The disdain William had picked up on the telephone was present in the flesh, he thought; his host's aquiline nose was carried at such an angle as to look down on his guest, as if slightly displeased - if noses can express such things."

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text 2016-08-13 14:32
Corduroy Mansions - progress 38/353 pages
Corduroy Mansions - Alexander McCall Smith

     "'The dog was shared by two households. If one set of people had to go away, the dog went to the other. It divided its time.'

     William nodded. 'A useful arrangement. People sometimes have that sort of thing for their elderly relatives.'"

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text 2016-08-12 13:33
Corduroy Mansions - progress: 27/353 pages
Corduroy Mansions - Alexander McCall Smith

So far, we are just being introduced to the cast of characters as they start a regular weekday morning. It's using 3rd person omniscient POV for each character, which can be a little wearing to read for so many characters, but so far it's working well. I'm entertained and curious to see how the character storylines will interact. 

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review 2016-07-02 11:34
Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer - MCCALL SMITH ALEXANDER

Well, at first I wanted to save this book for the next day, but instead I started reading it after a long day at Animecon, and then I couldn't stop until I had finished the book. Totally worth it, even if it meant I was dead-tired. :D

Because this book will do that to you, it will grab you by your hand and pull you into the story. The story about a boy, about a circus, about hard work, about family. You will laugh, you will cheer, you will be amazed at what Freddie can do. Because Freddie isn't the kind of kid who will just stand by and do nothing. No Freddie will work hard to help out his family.

While his family isn't that big, it consists out of a dad, a mom (though she is always away), the twins, and then Freddie himself. But dad doesn't earn much, and while mom sends money it isn't much. Especially since dad helps out another family with problems as well. You can imagine that there isn't much food, that there aren't many new things that can be afforded.
So Freddie wants to work his butt off to make sure his family has more. Isn't that amazing? How many kids would do the same?

And he gets an amazing opportunity to work at the circus, and he climbs up from just doing menial chores to actually doing performances. Which is how Freddie comes in contact with the lions. Yes, lions, this is still an old (but oh so fun) circus with animals. I loved that part, I felt sorry for Freddie, and I worried and fretted. Would he be all right? Would he be able to do it? But then we find out certain things, and I just laughed so hard. Yes, Freddie would be able to do it. :D

The ending was amazingly adorable and sweet. I am so happy for Freddie, for his family, they certainly deserve it all.

I also love the narration and how at times the narrator just stepped out of the story to tell some things. Things that still were relevant to the story. But I just had so much fun, I just love it when a book's narrator breaks the fourth wall and really includes the reader.

There are also amazing illustrations which made the book even more awesome and fun. Freddie is exactly how I would see him, the same goes for various other things.

All in all, well this is one book I would highly recommend to everyone. Read this one!

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com

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