Lazy Sunday Thoughts Are Friday Bookish

Hello! I skipped the Friday Bookish Buzz because I’ve been busy getting ready for my vacation! So there will be radio silence for some time. I will be back though and hopefully have some books read. Maybe this one? 

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I picked up Joyland while I was shopping for a birthday present for someone else. You know how that happens. I figure it would give the birthday person such joy to know I got that special something for myself while thinking of them. Am I right?


Since I skipped Friday’s post here are a couple of links:

*It’s Canada Day tomorrow! Celebrate by reading a couple of Canadian books. (I’m not fond of NS’s book.)

*Jane Austen is money, yo!

*Like smelly old books? Here’s why.

*Biblio-mat! Kind of like those machines we loved as kids that gave you a surprise for a quarter. I would love this!

*Richard Matheson died. I Am Legend is a story you should read if you haven’t already.

*Just a reminder: Google Reader is shutting down tomorrow. Don’t forget about meeeeeeeee!

Have a great Canada Day, Independence Day, Ramadan, Bastille Day (I should be back by then, I hope)!

Lazy Sunday Thoughts: Books I’m Thinking About

It’s actually warm here today and instead of reading books, I’m thinking about them. Specifically, these books:

The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner. I tried to read The Flamethrowers and couldn’t get into it. I thought it was because I just wasn’t one of the cool kids. Then I read this review on The Guardian and finally felt like I belonged somewhere. Talitha Stevenson put into words what I had been feeling. I felt that the narrator was reporting what was happening to her; she was too distant. (I also found all her artsy pals, who she just met, to be a pile of phonies.) While the book might be celebrated and Kushner very talented, it wasn’t for me.

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. Do I want to read this? Should I just read Save Me the Waltz instead? Z is $14 and Waltz is 99cents on Kobo. I think I’ve made my decision.

A Plague of Zombies and The Custom of the Army by Diana Gabaldon. I bought these two Lord John novellas for an upcoming trip. I’m very excited to read them!Fingersmith

I’m reading Fingersmith by Sarah Waters right now and I’m hoping something happens soon.

Blood Brothers of Louisbourg by Philip Roy: Review

blood brothersTwo young men. Two different cultures. Brothers from another mother (literally).

Jacques is dragged from his home in France by his father to the Fortress of Louisbourg in the New World to make Jacques “a man.” Jacques just wants to read his books and play his violoncello. He has little choice in the matter though.

Two-feathers is a young Mi’kmaw man searching for his father, a man he believes is a brave warrior among the French people. He’s set out on his own to the Fortress determined to discover this mystery man.

For this brief period of time, the two men’s lives will intersect, unbeknownst to them both. While struggle to find their own identities, the inhabitants of the Fortress live on borrowed time.

Living in Cape Breton, I’ve been to the reconstructed Fortress many times. It’s a place perpetually stuck in the years before the Siege. Jacques and Two-feathers both arrive at the Fortress at this time. In 1745, British forces took Louisbourg. Both men can see how unprepared the French are for an invasion. Jacques is a terrible soldier, any idiot can see that, except his father. On the other hand, his other son, the one he’s never met, is everything he could have hoped for. Though they’re very different, they’re both good boys. They also have very different ideas about their father. Two-feathers hopes to find some glimmer of familiarity, something to make him proud. Jacques knows he has nothing in common with his father. It was very interesting reading these boys’ differing perceptions and their experiences. I was glad that they both sort of get what they need.

I enjoyed reading Blood Brothers in Louisbourg, but there were a couple of things that would have made the experience better. First, I though it was too short. I know I’m not the demographic for the book and maybe short is what the young’uns want, but the time frame felt too condensed and rushed. Though I thought Jacques and Two-feathers were well drawn characters, others could have used some fleshing out, particularly Celestine. She seemed to be more of a plot point than a person. Still, I thought it was an excellent little book and appreciate the local cultural aspect.

Recommended!

Cards On the Table by Agatha Christie: Review

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As always, there’s a murder. Mr Shaitana, a guy with a Snidley Whiplash moustache and a penchant for the macabre, gets stabbed at his own dinner party in full view of a tableful of bridge players. The players are so enthralled by their game no one notices the crime committed right under their noses. Or didn’t they?

Present at the party are four crime solving experts: Superintendent Battle of Scotland Yard, Secret Serviceman Colonel Race, detective novelist Mrs Oliver, and private detective Hercule Poirot. Also present are four potential murderers, all with secrets they keep hidden. The crime solvers commit to finding the killer, using their own unique skills. Whether it’s women’s intuition, methodical investigative methods, or psychological analysis the killer will be found!

First, how dumb is it to murder someone in a roomful of detectives?! Like, really? Dumb move, murderer; you know you’re going to get caught. That’s the thing about mysteries, criminals are always doing really stupid things like that (or confessing to crimes without a lawyer, like on every episode of Castle ever). However, I thought it was interesting that Poirot had some competition. I liked seeing how each one went about trying to solve the crime. Of course, Hercule Poirot is the only one who can really figure it out. Mrs Oliver cracked me up. Was Christie making fun of herself in that character?

The ending of Cards On the Table was not what I expected. I can sum it up with this gif.

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So, that’s another Christie under my belt.

It’s a Wrap! Armchair BEA

Mmmmm….wraps…

So…Armchair BEA was a lot different for me this year. My Real Life, or I should say non-virtual life, has been pretty busy. I’ve been helping out behind the scenes of Armchair BEA too, while still trying to post on the topics (if I had something to say) and visit bloggers who’ve been visiting me. I haven’t been able to do much visiting on my own. I do want to say

Thank you to all who have come over to comment!

I've tried to visit you back. I hope I did!  

It’s been a blur. What did I even post about? Who knows?!!! Now it’s time to get back to normal. I should read something. Probably. But we have Netflix now because I wanted to watch the latest season of Arrested Development, so…. see you next month!

Now for no reason at all here are the Beastie Boys.