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review 2016-06-13 00:00
Dining at Downton: Traditions of the Table From The Unofficial Guide to Downton Abbey (Downton Life Series)
Dining at Downton: Traditions of the Table From The Unofficial Guide to Downton Abbey (Downton Life Series) - Elizabeth Fellow Enjoyed this cookbook, there are recipes I look forward to making. Nice tie in to the show.
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review 2016-06-13 00:00
Christmas at Downton: Holiday Foods and Traditions From The Unofficial Guide to Downton Abbey (Downton Abbey Books)
Christmas at Downton: Holiday Foods and Traditions From The Unofficial Guide to Downton Abbey (Downton Abbey Books) - Elizabeth Fellow Enjoyed this cookbook, there are recipes I look forward to making. Nice tie in to the show.
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review 2016-02-15 05:45
Traditions From The Heart (Bru Baker)
Traditions from the Heart - Bru Baker

Cute enough but not memorable. I did like the stuffed animals for a gift, that particular scene made me smile.

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review 2016-01-02 11:00
Christmas reading
The Voice That Thunders by Garner, Alan (2010) Paperback - Alan Garner
The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition - JH Williams III,Neil Gaiman
The Old Magic of Christmas: Yuletide Traditions for the Darkest Days of the Year - Linda Raedisch

I’ve had a week off, and in that time, I’ve been reading. I thought I’d set the tone for 2016 by kicking off with reviews of the books I’ve read over the last week.

 

The Old Magic of Christmas, Linda Raedisch. A book exploring myths, legends and folk practice from Germanic and Scandinavian countries, interspersed with ways to do some of the things described. Charming, accessible and very readable, it’s not an academic text but the author seems well read. While I’m no expert on Christmas traditions, where there were overlaps with things I know about, I saw nothing to take issue with. I very much enjoyed the author’s willingness to explore all the gruesome and creepy aspects of the season. If only regular Christmas had more trolls in it, I’d probably find the whole thing far more palatable!

https://www.llewellyn.com/product.php?ean=9780738733340

 

 

The Sandman: Overture – Neil Gaiman. A prequel to the Sandman series, I imagine it would make little sense to a reader who hadn’t already read the other titles. It’s beautifully put together, the art really shows what can be done with a graphic novel when the artist, letterer and colourist have time to lavish care and attention on every page rather than what the usual factory approach delivers. In terms of story, it is odd, clever, sometimes funny, poignant, uncomfortable – in short all I have come to expect from Neil Gaiman. If you like what he does, you will like this one too.

http://www.vertigocomics.com/graphic-novels/the-sandman-overture-deluxe-edition

 

 

The Voice that Thunders – Alan Garner. A collection of essays exploring the process of writing, the writing industry, landscape, history, family, the relationship between books and classrooms, mental health issues, language, dialect… all laced through with stories of people and places. A fascinating read and exactly what I needed at this point in time. If you’re fascinated with Alan Garner and his work, of if any of the above themes are obsessions of yours, then I heartily recommend it.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1602869.The_Voice_That_Thunders

Source: druidlife.wordpress.com/2016/01/01/new-year-new-books
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