February 19, 2012 28 Comments
In the last 2 weeks I received several books. I’ve been reading quite a bit too, and I think I have fewer unread books than at the beginning of the year, so I didn’t hold back and bought a few myself.
For review from Harper:
Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear
Publisher’s website: “Early April, 1933. To the costermongers of Covent Garden—peddlers selling fruit and vegetables on the streets of London—Eddie Pettit was kindness itself. A little “slow,” he was a gentle soul, more boy than man, with a gift for calming the most challenging horse. His recent death in a violent accident has shocked his friends and neighbors. They believe Eddie was the victim of foul play, but the police won’t investigate. Their only hope of finding the truth is Maisie Dobbs.
Maisie has known these men from childhood when her father, Frankie, worked alongside them. Determined to do right by Eddie, she plunges into the investigation. The search for answers begins amid the working-class streets of Lambeth, where Eddie lived. But before long, Maisie is following threads of intrigue to a powerful press baron, a “has been” politician lingering in the hinterlands of power named Winston Churchill, and to the doorstep of a writer who is also the husband of her dearest friend, Priscilla.
The story of a London affected by the march to war years before the first gun is fired, and of an innocent victim caught in the shadow of power, Elegy for Eddie is one of Jacqueline Winspear’s most poignant and affecting novels yet in her superb bestselling series.”
I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
I downloaded this book for free from ebook.nl, who offered this book for free (in Dutch) on the day of its release.
From the publisher’s website: “Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!
Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.
What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents . . . she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.”
The Mall by S. L. Grey
From the publisher’s website: “Dan works at a bookstore in a deadly dull shopping mall where nothing ever happens. He’s an angsty emo-kid who sells mid-list books to mid-list people for the minimum wage. He hates his job.
Rhoda has dragged her babysitting charge to the mall so she can meet her dealer and score some coke. Now the kid’s run off, and she has two hours to find him. She hates her life.
Rhoda bullies Dan into helping her search, but as they explore the neon-lit corridors behind the mall, disturbing text messages lure them into the bowels of the building, where old mannequins are stored in grave-like piles and raw sewage drips off the ceiling. The only escape is down, and before long Dan and Rhoda are trapped in a service lift listening to head-splitting musak. Worst of all, the lift’s not stopping at the bottom floor.
Plummeting into the earth, Dan and Rhoda enter a sinister underworld that mirrors their worst fears. Forced to complete a series of twisted tasks to find their way out, they finally emerge into the brightly lit food court, sick with relief at the banal sight of people shopping and eating. But something feels different. Why are the shoppers all pumped full of silicone? Why are the shop assistants chained to their counters? And why is a cafe called McColon’s selling lumps of bleeding meat?
Just when they think they’ve made it back to the mall, they realise their nightmare has only just begun…”
From a friend
Tongue by Kyung Ran Jo
I went to a book bloggers meeting yesterday and Chinoiseries brought along with this book, that she’d promised me almost a year ago – but we hadn’t seen each other since. This is a book by a Korean author, and I don’t think I’ve ever read a Korean author before. That plus the mention of food makes me very interested in this book!
From Dutch online book store bol.com: “Abandoned by her long-term boyfriend for another woman, celebrated chef Jung Ji-won closes the cooking school she ran from her home and slowly rebuilds her life in the kitchen of an Italian restaurant from her early cooking years, where she prepares sensual foods and plots a final act of culinary seduction.”
Books I bought
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This is what it’s about (from the publisher’s website): “The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming… The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.”
This, and the book below, I got in the special bookdepository event, in which they had a book on offer for a reduced price every hour. I very much enjoy work by Stephen Fry, whether written or on TV, so I’m looking forward to reading this autobiographical book.
From the publisher’s website: “Stephen Fry’s bestselling memoir tells how, sent to a boarding school 200 miles from home at the age of seven, he survived beatings, misery, love, ecstasy, carnal violation, expulsion, imprisonment, criminal conviction, probation and catastrophe to emerge, at eighteen, ready to try and face the world in which he had always felt a stranger. ”
I think I saw this as a movie a few years ago and it made a lasting impression even if there are a few too many vampires for my liking. I have been wanting to read this book every since. Maybe for Roof Beam Reader’s Magical March Challenge?
From the publisher’s website: “Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth . . . but he is not alone. Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are hungry for Neville’s blood.
By day he is the hunter, stalking the undead through the ruins of civilisation. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn. How long can one man survive like this?”
Have you read any of these books? Which of these would appeal to you?