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review 2019-01-23 21:18
Fan Cast: Mary Anne and the Search for Tigger
Mary Anne and the Search for Tigger - Ann M. Martin

Mary Anne Spier - Alisha Newton

Dawn Schafer - Emma Rayne Lyle

Kristy Thomas - Nikki Hahn

Claudia Kishi - Madison Hu

Mallory Pike - Francesca Capaldi

Jessi Ramsey - Skai Jackson

Logan Bruno - Ty Simpkins

Richard Spier - Corey Stoll

Mrs. Barrett - Evangeline Lilly

Mrs. Bruno - Emily Blunt

Mr. Bruno - John Krasinski

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review 2019-01-23 19:50
Lion / Saroo Brierley
Lion (Movie Tie-In) - Saroo Brierley

At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.
Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home, and pore over satellite images for landmarks he might recognize or mathematical equations that might further narrow down the labyrinthine map of India. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.

 

The first book of 2019 with my real-life book club. I missed the meeting during which it was discussed, but I see at least two of my book club ladies have rated it on either side of my own rating. It wasn’t a bad story, but it certainly wasn’t the most riveting memoir that I’ve ever read either.

First off, the story is an amazing one. A four to five year old Indian child, separated from his family, too young to know his own surname or the proper name of his town. Eventually, we even learn that he mispronounced his given name! Judging from this account, it sounds like he didn’t have much vocabulary and he may have had speech difficulties, as he couldn’t seem to make himself understood to the adults in the new world he found himself in. He did come from a very impoverished family, so schooling was unavailable to him, but he was young for school attendance anyway. His family members were so occupied with survival that there was no time to spend educating the younger children.

I’m pretty sure that, at the same age, I wouldn’t have been able to identify the landmarks around my home with the degree of certainty and accuracy that Mr. Brierley did. That’s what makes the story so interesting, is his ability to recognize his home town from Google Earth.

I can see where the movie version of this tale would probably be superior to the book. The author is obviously not a practiced writer, so the writing is very average. There is a great deal of unnecessary detail and quite a bit of repetition.

People who are adoptees would probably have greater interest in this story than I did. I personally would recommend trying the movie before picking up the book.

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review 2019-01-20 01:10
Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie
Partners in Crime: A Tommy and Tuppence Collection - Agatha Christie

This is the second of the Tommy & Tuppence Beresford books - some time has passed since the events of The Secret Adversary, and they are now quite the staid married folks. Or not.

 

Partners in Crime is a series of linked short stories - the British government has need of the Beresfords again, to take over a detective agency that has been used in some sort of espionage ring. While Tommy is pretending to be Mr. Blount, with Tuppence as his trusty sidekick and secretary, they are hired to solve some crimes in addition to the spy ring they are trying to bust. There's a stolen pearl, a poisoning, and some counterfeiters, as well as providing some assistance to a lovelorn young man who is trying to break his beloved's alibi for a bet.

 

Both Tommy and Tuppence are fans of the detective story, so they try out the personas of several of the best known detectives of the time, many of which I've only vaguely heard of, but who include the master of ratiocination, Sherlock Holmes, and he of the moustaches and leetle grey cells, Hercule Poirot. This is delightful.

 

In fact, the whole book is delightful. The mysteries are largely forgettable, but the banter between Tommy & Tuppence is engaging, and the two of them are adorable, bubbly, cheerful and warm.

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url 2019-01-17 20:31
This month's free ebook from publisher TOR
The Only Harmless Great Thing - Brooke Bolander

In order to download free, you do need to subscribe your email address.  They don't flood you with other marketing emails.  You do have to act lightning fast when you get the email because these stay available free almost no time.

 

This one I'd consider a novella or short story at only 96 pages.  Usually it's a full length novel, often the first of an ongoing series with an upcoming new release.

 

There's a bookclub on booklikes for these at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy   (TOR publishes mainly science fiction and fantasy genre books).  

Source: ebookclub.tor.com
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text 2019-01-17 19:25
TBR Thursday: January 17, 2019

I'm behind on my reviews and blogging, but here we are for TBR Thursday!

 

Last week, I read:

 

Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy Sayers; The Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsey; Arrow's Flight and Arrow's Fall by Mercedes Lackey, The Chinese Shawl by Patricia Wentworth, both A Wrinkle in Time and A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle, and The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie. (No wonder I am behind in my posts - that's 8 books. Holy cow).

 

This week's plans:

 

Partners in Crime: A Tommy and Tuppence Collection - Agatha Christie  N or M? - Agatha Christie 

 

Looking ahead to next week, I am planning to work on the Tommy and Tuppence books that I've not read: Partners in Crime and N or M. I'm not psyched about these, mostly because I think that Christie's "thrillers" are her weakest books and these are both within that general wheelhouse. But, I'm going to complete her backlist, so here we go!

 

Our Spoons Came from Woolworths - Emily Gould,Barbara Comyns  Death of an Airman - Christopher St. John Sprigg 

 

I also have a couple of library books that I plan to read, including Our Spoons Came from Woolworths by Barbara Comyns, which is next up, and Death of Airman by Christopher Sprigg, from the BLCC series.

 

The Franchise Affair - Josephine Tey  Fortunes of War: The Balkan Trilogy - Rachel Cusk,Olivia Manning 

 

Finally, I'm putting The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey and The Balkan Trilogy by Olivia Manning on my list of immediate reads! I already own both of them. The Balkan Trilogy is (obviously) a three book bundle published by NYRB classics - I own the kindle edition (it's over 900 pages long). And I have an old edition of The Franchise Affair that I picked up at the UBS with a different cover - I'll post a picture at some point.

 

Excellent Women by Barbara Pym has been pushed back to next week, for a BL buddy read! Join us if you can - use the tag pymalong!

 

I've also started working on my first Project Night Night charity quilt, and I should have a finished quilt to show you next week. For now, here's a preview!

 

The fabric pull:

 

 

The pieced & basted quilt:

 

 

Happy reading, everyone!

 

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