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text 2014-11-14 20:24
My Old Man's an All Black
Just This Once - Rosalind James
Chocolate Cake for Breakfast - Danielle Hawkins

Sigh. It is with some reluctance I move Just This Once onto the "Abandoned" shelf. I'm up to the 49% mark, and have not touched the book for many months. I wanted to love it, I really did. Sadly, I just don't care what happens next. I think part of my problem is that the Hero is not just an All Black, but THE All Black (i.e. captain), and I can only imagine my own sense of anger and betrayal if our beloved Captain Fantastic hooked up with some bint from the States settled down with foreigner, particularly one from a non-rugby country. I feel small minded as I type these words, but I fear it is the truth.


JTO has also been thrown into sharp relief for me recently by reading Chocolate Cake for Breakfast. This time our Hero is also an All Black - and The World's Best Lock - but somehow Danielle Hawkins manages to make him far more believable/authentic than The All Black from JTO. In JTO, the kiwi colloquialisms felt as if they were poked into the dialogue for effect, in CCFB the arose naturally from the character development.


CCFB is the second book from Danielle Hawkins that I've read, and I have every intention of reading every other thing she writes in the future. I may give Rosalind James another crack sometime in the future, but don't hold your breath.

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review 2014-11-13 08:10
...the prospect of a couple of hours on a hard plastic chair had all the appeal of a fish milkshake...
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text 2014-02-08 06:47
Why do I keep starting books? (before I finish the previous one...)
Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1) (Wool, #1-5) - Hugh Howey
Love's Will - Meredith Whitford
Just This Once - Rosalind James
Doctor Who: Apollo 23 - Justin Richards

Only the one dead tree book on the go at the moment - Wool, which was recommended to me by our school librarian. I've read the first section of it, and I'm hooked, but now that I'm back at work after the summer holidays it's hard to have enough brain left at the end of the day to be able to read it.

On the phone I have Love's Will  AND Just This Once in progress via the kindle ap. Really enjoying Love's Will, and happily knocked off another chapter and a bit on the ferry back from the city this afternoon. I find Meredith Whitford's writing style very appealing, and this is an interesting read to follow up The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England   which I read late last year. Just This Once finally wore down my resistance... Hero plays rugby for the Blues (which is local team here in Auckland, and I just renewed my season tix!) Seems the ideal time to read this one, even if I am still in the middle of Love's Will.

I have Doctor Who: Apollo 23 on audiobook, giving me something to listen to while waiting for the library to get the audiobook I really want (I Am Half-Sick of Shadows) . I'm actually enjoying it a lot more than I did to start with, although the narrator has some very annoying accents and pronunciations. I have been seduced by the idea of the Apollo program continuing in secret into the 1980s.

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