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review 2016-06-05 03:20
Ladies of Letters
Ladies of Letters - New and Old - Lou Wakefield,Carole Hayman
Ladies Of Letters Spring Clean (Bbc Radio Collection) - Lou Wakefield,Patricia Routledge,Prunella Scales
Ladies of Letters Go Crackers - Lou Wakefield,Carole Hayman,Anne Reid,Prunella Scales
Ladies Of Letters Go Global (Radio Collection) - Patricia Routledge,Carole Hayman
Ladies of Letters Go Green (MP3 Book) - Lou Wakefield,Carole Hayman,Patricia Routledge,Prunella Scales
Ladies of Letters Log on (Audiocd) - Lou Wakefield,Carole Hayman

Ladies of Letters was turned into a TV series a few years ago starring Anne Reid as Vera and Maureen Lipman as Irene, and it was the TV series that introduced me to the wacky world of 60-something-year-old pen pals.

 

Irene Spencer met Vera Small at the wedding of Irene's daughter, and it is a thank you note to Vera that starts off the friendship between them and the many misadventures they get into.

 

The first book in the series is hilarious. It sets out the main themes that will continue throughout the correspondence between the two ladies - from Irene denying Vera's digs at her gin intake to Vera's outrage over Irene getting involved in Vera's family affairs, to both ladies ending up in prison, or setting off on a fateful road trip.

 

 

Besides the TV adaptation, there has also been a radio production of the book starring Particia Routledge and Prunella Scales. I believe it was the radio programme that gave rise to the continuation of the Ladies' adventures beyond the original book.

 

 

 

I am really not sure which one of the pairings I prefer, but both somewhat remind me of a mixture between Golden Girls and Monty Python's Hell's Grannies.

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review 2016-06-02 19:05
Heyday by Marnie Woodrow
Heyday by Marnie Woodrow (2015-09-01) - Marnie Woodrow

Overall, a very enjoyable read that I feel like could have been a bit stronger with some tweaks, but that stuff might not bother anybody else but me.

For full review, head over to C-Spot

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text 2014-11-18 01:11
Old Friends and New Fancies: An Imaginary Sequel to the Novels of Jane Austen - Sybil G. Brinton

For a 1913 sequel, it's ok. Interesting that one plot line is close to a recent famous/infamous adaptation. Hmmmmm.....3 out of 5. As a reviewer of the book said on another platform, this one lacks any Austen wit. 

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text 2014-07-01 09:26
10 Graphic Novels You Need to Read This Summer
This One Summer - Mariko Tamaki,Jillian Tamaki
Anya's Ghost - Vera Brosgol
The Silence of Our Friends - Mark Long,Jim Demonakos,Nate Powell
Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb - Jonathan Fetter-Vorm
Ghost World - Daniel Clowes
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood - Marjane Satrapi,Mattias Ripa,Blake Ferris
Fun Home - Alison Bechdel
Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir - Nicole J. Georges
A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York - Liana Finck
Bohemians: A Graphic History - Paul Buhle

I'm not a fan of graphic novels, at least not yet. The Mashable presents a marvelous list so I might become. 

 

Source: mashable.com/2014/06/25/graphic-novels
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review 2014-01-26 16:28
Nederland - Charlotte Dematons

Since this is a book without words, I will write this review in English, so that my friends here can also read it. :)

This book, was stunning, beautiful, a true trip around my lovely country. I recognized a lot of things, and had fun finding things in all those illustrations. Illustrations about zoos, roads, cities. It was so much fun to search and find things. 

I loved that a lot of the illustrations mixed old Dutch things with modern Dutch thing. That made the whole looking at illustrations more fun and wonderful. Like for example you would see an old Schoener but also motorboats. :)

Also there are various things that you can keep finding in every illustrations. Like Black Pete (Zwarte Piet), a balloon, a gnome and a whole lot more. I think I could keep looking and looking for days and still keep finding things.

I would truly recommend this book. With the book there is also a little booklet which explains and highlights some of the things in the book. So be sure to read that if it is included, and otherwise be sure to get the accompanying book that is also available.

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