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The Aryavarta Chronicles: Book 1 – Govinda by Krishna Udayasankar

The Mahabharata retold – reinterpreted & reworked – yet again!

This Epic has always fascinated me, as indeed it has millions of Indians who have grown up listening to its stories at Granny’s feet and from reading the Amar Chitra Katha series (a staple diet for all budding readers when I was growing up). It’s just that – an Epic – a tale spanning generations, choc-a-bloc with fascinating, complexly-layered narrative & characters (gods, demons, humans and everything in between!). Vast in scope (The ‘Bhagwad Gita‘ is just one part of this rambling parable!), and yet still relevant in today’s milieu – it makes for an utterly engrossing read – a veritable treatise on human emotions and relationships.

Many authors have attempted their own interpretations and re-tellings and this is yet another version from yet another author. I’m a huge fan of the original and I think it’s always risky to tamper with a well-loved, well-known story, especially one that is an inseparable part of our collective Indian psyche – but I must confess – Krishna Udayshankar doesn’t let me down. There are no Gods here nor demons – just humans – in all their frailty, grace and courage – and that instantly offers a refreshing if challenging perspective. Challenging in that, often ‘divinity’ is explanation enough (even for sceptics like me, in the fictional context), but humanity beggars logic and rational justification. So, although I may accept a particular behaviour in the God Krishna, will I accept a similar behaviour in his purely-human avatar ‘Govinda Shauri’? Will I accept that their motivations are similar – ‘The Greater Good’ that the Gods bandy about as an excuse and explanation for everything? That’s the question isn’t it? And that’s what I particularly enjoyed about this version – the way the author challenged my beliefs and status quo, forcing me to at least allow for a new perspective, if not accept it. No mean feat that.

I also enjoyed that she took some of the lesser known characters from the original and turned them into game-changers in her version, while down-playing some of the major players! It made for refreshing reading. So Vyasa – who is author of the original, is a king-maker in this version – a calculating, powerful man of hidden intent and cunning, a master manipulator. Sanjaya – King Dhritarashtra’s faithful servant in the original – has a much larger presence and role in this version – as an important counsellor to the king and right-hand man to Vyasa. In contrast Shakuni, Vidur, Duryodhan, Partha/Arjun and even Bhishma are surprisingly downplayed – a fact that I enjoyed, especially in case of Partha – whom I’ve never liked much 😉 And Shikhandi! How can I not say how much I enjoyed the fact that he and not Partha is Govinda’s confidante in this version? Shikhandi is a fascinating if low-key character in the original, believed to be the reincarnation of the Princess Amba, who committed suicide rather than marry a man she didn’t love. She is reborn to revenge herself on Bhishma – the man she holds responsible for her tragedy. Here, Shikhandi is a peace-loving man and consummate warrior, at home with Nature, Govinda’s friend and confidante, loving brother to Panchali and Dhristhadyuma and at odds with his father King Drupad. I hope he continues to play an important role in the forthcoming books or I will be very disappointed indeed!

Another major and welcome change for me personally is that Panchali is a central, pivotal character and narrator along with Govinda. In a satisfactory change – her marriage here is to Dharma (the eldest Pandava brother), and not to all the five, a fact that disturbed me endlessly in the original. Although she is no less pivotal in the original, here, she is refreshingly center-stage while her husband Dharma takes a definite back-seat. Dharma – an epitome of honesty in the original, is similar here, but the author puts her own spin on his character – allowing us a glimpse into the psyche of one who is not as comfortable with his chosen path as one assumes. An indecisive man, easily influenced and full of his own self-importance, desiring to be right and true at all times while unwilling to do the work that makes it so – relying instead on Vyasa’s machinations, the prowess of his brothers and Govinda’s intellect – justifying their actions on his behalf as divine intervention. Fascinating! And so we come to the man who graces the title – the lynch pin – Govinda Shauri – without whom there would be epic. He is as enigmatic and charismatic as his namesake Krishna in the original. He may not be divine here, but his influence, principles, and readiness to sacrifice all for the ‘Greater Good’ are identical. What particularly intrigued me was his intimate relationship with Panchali. Whereas in the original, it came across as a brother-sister bond, here, it is anything but! The tensions between the two friends and almost-lovers are palpable and make for some very interesting, taut scenes that will translate excellently on film! I wonder whether she’s sold film rights? JP – are you listening?

I loved that she used lesser known names of the characters – so it’s Dwaipayana instead of Vyasa, Panchali instead of the more common Draupadi, Balabadra instead of Balaram, Partha and Dharma instead of Arjun and Yudhisthir – refreshes my memory and adds novelty. She also introduces a new concept – The Firewrights – a race of brilliant innovators & inventors (akin to magicians), that work with the First-Born (the Vyasas) and the Kings – but that have fallen into disrepute and are being hunted down by both. Her writing is spot-on – she manages to weave an undercurrent of mystery & suspense even when dealing with a story we all think we know by heart; her concept is interesting and her perspective refreshing. Except for the font-size which is too small, I have no major cribs! I will definitely read her next in this series – Kaurava, probably on Kindle to rest my poor eyes J

P.S. Reading this has made me want to re-read the original and I’ve downloaded The Mahabharata by C. Rajagopalachari to refresh my memory!

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Posted by on October 1, 2013 in Non-Booker Reviews

 

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The Bridges of Madison County – Robert James Waller

Mixed feelings!

The Bridges of Madison CountyI read such vitriolic reviews of this book on Goodreads, I almost abandoned the thought of reading it! That’s another book I’ve read only because it’s a book club selection, like last week’s Dongri to Dubai. It had totally fallen off my book radar and if I ever came across a reference (which I haven’t in decades), I would automatically have thought of the movie instead of the book which is really rare for me!

I remember watching the movie vaguely…way back when I was too young to understand much of what this book is about or take it seriously. I love Streep although not Eastwood so much, but I see now how this was a perfect casting coup. Who better than Eastwood to play ‘The Last Cowboy’ living in ‘Dimension Z’? Who better than the phenomenal Streep to play the ‘regular housewife’ turned guilty adulteress confronted with a life-changing choice? I don’t remember much about the movie but I’m keen on seeing it again now that I’m closer to Francesca – in age if not in sentiment! I think it will be easier now to be non-judgmental and non-dismissive of what is essentially the story of a 4-day extra-marital affair masquerading as ‘true-love’. I use the word ‘masquerade’ intentionally here because there in lies my conflict. ‘To believe or not to believe.’ – That is the question.

I can’t quite seem to make up my mind, probably because I sense that Waller can’t either. There are times when I want to believe that yes Francesca & Robert Kincaid were indeed star-crossed lovers in the traditional sense, where everything was right except the timing and yet…and yet something keeps me from taking that final leap of faith. Perhaps because most of the time, it seems like Waller wrote a screenplay instead of a story – a collation of scenes that he imagined would look great on film; probably even imagined Streep and Eastwood as Francesca & Robert (certainly Kincaid & Eastwood appear to be cut from the same cloth!), and that’s when everything falls apart and seems pretentious, calculated, and unreal – the premise, the dialogue, the eventual sacrifice…all of it inevitably feels contrived and fake. If what Waller was aiming for is confusion, well he’s hit the nail dead centre, at least for me! Perhaps he was – he does tell us to approach the story by suspending disbelief in the very first chapter, which brings me to my next point.

For some reason I thought this was based on a true story, which for me would have made it believable, because I truly do believe in the ‘Truth is stranger than fiction’ line. Really. I’ve lived it. So the fact that this is completely fictional upset me in a visceral way, which should be a sure sign that I loved the book right? More confusion! So here’s the thing then – I liked the thought of Robert Kincaid – most women would I think – he came across as the perfect balance of sensitivity and respect – a guy with not only all the right answers but more importantly asking all the right questions! A rare find indeed, given the times we live in! Perhaps that’s why he felt a touch unreal – too good to be true. Francesa in contrast felt ‘real’ – I could understand her as a woman, lonely, depressed perhaps, disappointed, wondering about her life and the choices she’s made – that’s real. I think what really disturbs me is that while I can understand why Francesca would have an affair (it seems in character), I cannot for the life of me understand why Robert would. He seems perfectly happy up until that point in his own self-contained way and Waller shows me nothing in Francesca that can possibly have caused him to change. And this is where I believe the writing fails or I suppose the aforementioned suspension of disbelief is expected to kick in and make everything believable. Didn’t work for me.

Now for the end – I understand why Francesca would want to let her children know about the affair, but I do not understand why she would find it necessary to share details about where and how many times she made love! That’s just plain hurtful & poor taste and reeks of sensationalism; although a vicious part of me feels that it’s in character too. And so for all of Waller’s attempt at characterising her as a quiet, subtle woman – I found her anything but! Also the fact that the children just immediately caught on to the ‘great passion’ of their Mother’s life and accepted it as such, without ever feeling any sense of resentment or betrayal – that is just surreal! Another instance of hackneyed writing in my opinion. I wonder how a book like BOMC would do in our day and age, where affairs are commonplace and ‘true love’ is the stuff of myth and legend 😛

Lasting impressions – Disappointment and confusion. I wanted to believe but couldn’t quite. In all honesty it’s probably my fault as much as Wallers 😛 This is not my favorite genre and I’m a lot more cynical in my forties, so suspending disbelief is a lot harder than it used to be 😉 Unless we’re talking Fantasy in which all things are possible, probable and believable without a shred of doubt 😛 Also, I’ve had a huge argument with my Mom and am not feeling the love towards an errant Mom right now – even if she was chasing the love of her life & is fictitious! To top that, Waller’s prose is ordinary and some parts of this book just read like a glorified M&B, except that Mills and Boons are never pretentious. This one felt pretentious to me and try as I might, can’t get rid of the feeling. And yet I have no doubt it will make for an excellent book club discussion 😉 It has however made me want to watch the movie again and this time I’ll be paying close attention! I think this is one of the rare times when I’m going to like the movie more than the book – whether it’s because of the cast or the content – well that’s fodder for another post 🙂

The only parts where I felt a deep connect were when Waller describes Kincaid’s photography. Being a keen amateur photographer myself, I enjoyed how he went about his craft. His skill and love for what he does was obvious. And those bridges – I googled them – Pretty, but not photographed half as well as I had imaged in my head. And then I wonder why I love Fantasy so much 😛

Happy Reading People 🙂

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2013 in Non-Booker Reviews

 

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Dongri to Dubai – S. Hussain Zaidi

I wouldn’t have read this book if it weren’t a book club pick. Not a great way to begin a post, but it’s the truth and that’s as good a place to start as any! It isn’t that the subject was uninteresting, just that after I finished I felt a little cheated.

book--dongri-to-dubaiLet me explain. Dongri to Dubai is a treatise of sorts on the post-Independence evolution of the Mumbai Mafia in general and Dawood Ibrahim in particular. Authored by S. Hussain Zaidi, an experienced journalist and crime reporter, it is based on several interviews with gangsters and policemen alike and documentation from the involved agencies, including a telephonic interview with the Big D himself, apparently the last time he spoke to a member of the press directly. And yet, while I do not doubt its authenticity, I found little within the pages to excite me, to fire my imagination – you know what I mean? As a journalist, I expected him to give us deeper insight into the gritty lives and motivations behind the often glamorous faces of key gangsters like Haji Mastan and Dawood. Who better than him to cut these larger-than-life characters to size; to take us into their lives and to show us intimately how they lived, loved, killed and died? Instead of gritty prose and sharp editing (this book could do with a re-edit in my opinion), it read like a rambling documentary that was strangely lacking in depth, pace and most importantly author opinion. The latter really got my goat – how does a man who has spent 6 years of his life researching and writing this book, manage to seem so aloof & unaffected?! I read in vain for his personal opinion on events and the utterly impersonal tone of the book brought me face to face with the reason why I avoid most non-fiction like the plague! Perhaps I’m being too harsh but I really do think that’s what made this book unexciting and ultimately uninteresting for me :(. I understand that his journalistic background is what must have prevented him from getting up close and personal with his characters, much like medical training does for us doctors – it attempts to keep us objective and rational. And while it may work in a news report, when I’m reading a book from an expert of sorts in the field, I want more, I expect more.

As a well read Indian citizen, I already knew most of what was in the book – not dates and names, nor exact times and modus operandi obviously – but certainly the major shootouts and killings were extensively covered in the media and the book did serve as a refresher course of sorts coz I’d forgotten many details. I enjoyed reading about the smaller characters – Manya Surve, Samad Khan, Amirzada, Karim Lala and their ilk – people I hadn’t heard of but were pretty crucial in the roles they played. I also enjoyed reading about the Gawli gang although again, not enough details here to whet my curious appetite. Varadarajan was another character that I enjoyed reading about. There are too many characters however, as are wont to be when we’re talking 6 decades, and I don’t think I’m going to remember any of them for any length of time because of this book, if you get my meaning. I do feel however that for those who know nothing of the Mumbai Mafia and the D Gang, this is probably as good an introduction as any. Although I wish the author had utilized Bombay more effectively as a backdrop – he fails to capture her multi-layered, multi-ethnic chaos. Bombay is a city that is very much alive – it seethes with the lives, ambitions and passions of its millions of denizens, all struggling to fulfil their dreams and destinies. I feel Zaidi could have done a much better job of capturing her essence, her ethos, her ‘Vibe’ as it were. A missed opportunity, in my opinion, because every gangster in the book was seduced by Bombay’s charm and her inherent appeal. She seduced them all with tantalizing visions of power and glamour and wealth while cleverly hiding the price she would invariable extract. Having lived in Bombay and felt that charm (Still do! It’s not something that ever leaves you once you’ve lived there!), I missed it in this book. I feel Shantaram (though not the same genre), did a much better job of capturing the vibrant poignancy of the seedy underbelly of Bombay.

Also missing were details on the politicians involved. Perhaps the author didn’t mean this as an exposé, but surely one can name names now after all this time? If he doesn’t I can only assume one that he doesn’t know, or that the people involved are still either in power or close to those who wield it and so are best left alone – both of which do not make for very good journalism! I would also have liked more background on the policemen involved too – their families, their motivations and their ambitions. Zaidi rarely delves into individual psyche, preferring to deal with the Mumbai Police as a whole, except in a few instances, notably Dawood’s father who was ironically a constable – an honest one no less! As I read, I couldn’t ignore the feeling that the author was playing it safe – he had decided somewhere along the line that he would just collate the facts together and present them in book form – nothing more, nothing less. Perhaps he was threatened? He doesn’t say. But my overall impression was that he skimmed the surface and left the murky depths undisturbed. I was hoping for some insight into Nadeem Saifi, allegedly involved in the Gulshan Kumar murder, but was disappointed when Zaidi had nothing new to add. I did feel the piece on Mandakini, the infamous starlet thought at one time to be Dawood’s mistress was interesting. Here at least Zaidi seemed to have tracked her down and found out what happened to her – although yet again, her alleged relationship with the Don remains what it always was – a thing of mystery! And so what started out with a lot of promise ended up becoming a rather tedious, dull and boring read – surprising and sad for a book about characters that are anything but. And surely there should have been more pictures? So yes, although in the end I did get from Dongri to Dubai, I didn’t much care for the ride!

As for Dawood Ibrahim – this book does nothing to help me understand him or his motivations better. He remains as shadowy in its pages as he does in real life. Perhaps that’s as it should be.

Rating: 2/5

And you will not believe what I have to read next…The Bridges of Madison County (also for the Book Club!)…another genre that I’m not fond of…sigh 😛 Life is tough 😉

Happy Reading People 🙂

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2013 in Non-Booker Reviews

 

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…Been a while

Have returned to this Blog after such a long hiatus that I seriously considered shutting it down! During the vacation in May and the move that followed from Bombay to Bangalore via Goa…I have brutally neglected both my Blogs, as I dealt with more immediate matters – sorting, packing, unpacking, house-hunting and most importantly the consequences of uprooting a 5-yr-old from a familiar environment. It’s been tough and we are just beginning to find our feet here in Bangalore. Junior has finally stopped howling about school and has made a tentative transition to travelling by school bus for the first time in his life. Every day is still a fingers-crossed kinda day for moi, but things are inching towards a new routine and hopefully a new normal! Wish me luck People 😀 Lord knows I need it!

As always books are my number one stress-busters and as busy and distracted as I was, they were never far away 🙂 No heavy, serious reading though…I invariably turned to my favorite genre of crime and mysteries and have been comfortably ensconced in that universe these several months. It began with Dorothy L. Sayers, Lord Peter Wimsey series – I enjoyed reading the shenanigans of this suave, aristocrat, who impressed with his deceptively laid back attitude that hid a razor-sharp mind and wit! During this time and until a few days ago, I read almost exclusively on my Kindle…surprising myself more than anyone else! I think it has to do with the fact that if I’m going to read series (which I will) that have more than a dozen books each (which they do!), I really cannot expect to find a place for them all on my bookshelves; and also the discovery of the fact that I can lock my iPad screen into a horizontal orientation which improves the reading experience for old-fashioned book-lovers like me in leaps and bounds! So I’ve decided that in the absence of a good library (although my new complex has a decent-ish one), I will use the Kindle for all the series I’m currently reading and for future ones that will doubtless follow. Isn’t it strange yet wonderful how inevitably one series of books will lead to another? 🙂

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Sayers led me to Chesterton’s Father Brown series and I was lost for a long time in a world where an intrepid man of cloth, went about solving the most astonishing mysteries with ridiculous ease, while also offering spiritual succor to his flock! I found the whole idea of a detective-priest charming and irresistible and also enjoyed Chesterton’s writing style – simple, direct and peppered with philosophical dilemmas and moral debates. After a massive dose of Father Brown, I ventured finally to the only decent-ish bookshop close to home, and there stumbled upon M. C. Beaton‘s Agatha Raisin series. The book was Agatha Raisin and the Curious Curate and with a title like that and the prettily illustrated cover – how could I resist? I enjoyed the book enough to research the series and give it a go, but after reading the first six books at a stretch – I’ve abandoned this series 😦 I just couldn’t take anymore of the main character. Agatha Raisin is a fifty-something woman who is smart, funny, successful and yet such a wimp when it comes to people, relationships and men. That in itself is neither strange nor unbelievable, but when she stays exactly the same book after book, behaving like a teenager emotionally while miraculously demonstrating maturity in solving the mystery at hand – it makes for some very repetitive and tedious reading. It’s almost like the author can’t stand her own creation and is going through the motions of writing 😦 After six books in which Agatha swings like a giant emotional pendulum, to and from the supposed love of her life James (such a flat character), I’d had enough. The mysteries (simplistic to begin with), were taking a definite backseat to the nonsensical love-story and I had no time for either. I did give the author a second chance (hate to dislike books) and read the first in her Hamish MacBeth series, Death of a Gossip and although Hamish appears at first to be an antithesis to Agatha, I soon realized they were very similar in a frightening way – he is hopelessly devoted to a woman who considers him ‘just a friend’! That scared me off and I don’t think I’ll be returning to this series either 😦 There’s just not enough layers to the characters to keep me interested.

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No sooner than I had abandoned Beaton, I stumbled onto Safi! On another trip to said bookstore and I noticed a few slim books with gaudy, bollywood-kitsch covers and titles – Poisoned Arrow & Doctor Dread. Intrigued, I found they were part of an extensive series by author Ibne Safi, a part of his ‘Jasusi Dunya’. Written originally Urdu (I am fascinated that the language I’ve almost exclusively associated with spectacular poetry in my mind, has also been used to write mysteries! Juvenile I know 😉 :P), they have now been translated into English and although I’ve read just one, I must say Colonel Faridi and Sergeant Hameed have caught my fancy 🙂 I will be reading more of these. Faridi’s character is true to type – in that he’s an eccentric genius with an eye for detail, uninterested in women, and saddled with the Sergeant who is his exact opposite – sound familiar?! You betcha!

book--dongri-to-dubaiCurrently though I’m reading Dongri to Dubai – a treatise of sorts on organized crime in post-Independence India and more specifically the rise of the world’s most wanted man and India’s favorite whipping-boy – Dawood Ibrahim. It’s one of our book club selections for October and not a book I would otherwise have chosen to read. Having said that, the first chapters detailing the rise of key gangsters in India have been quite interesting if rather predictable – as the author quotes in the book, ‘Necessity is the mother of invention and the father of crime!’ The book has already been made into a movie – Shootout at Wadala, but I haven’t seen it and have no intentions of doing so! I will be posting my review here after I finish.

I have read a few books that are not mysteries, most notably Five Quarters of an Orange by Joanne Harris which I enjoyed and hope to post reviews here as I get back into a rhythm of regular posts!

A HUGE THANK YOU to ALL of you that haven’t abandoned ship 🙂 I truly appreciate your patience and support 🙂

Happy Reading People 🙂

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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WWW_Wednedays 17th April 2013

WWW_Wednesdays4I have been neglectful of this Blog for a while, mostly because I’m caught up with NaPoWriMo on my other one H is for Happiness! And also, and more importantly, because I’ve taken a break from reading (YES! I cannot believe it’s true myself!). I’ve read 32 books so far this year – and I needed a break. But I’ve finally got my hands on a copy of our Bookclub read for the month – Elizabeth Noble’s The Reading Group and have started reading it last night 🙂 It felt wonderful to get back to reading again 🙂 I’m travelling for most of May and June – so although I’m sure I’ll read a bit, I don’t know how much! Perhaps I’ll be reading signs and directions more than stories 😉

I’m planning to download a few mysteries, to take on vacation with me. I’m thinking Dorothy L. Sayers, a Louise Penny maybe – you get the drift. Suggestions are welcome 🙂

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

The Reading GroupWhat are you currently reading? The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble – my Bookclub read for this month.

What did you recently finish reading? The last book I read was Truman Capote‘s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. My review here.

What do you think you’ll read next? I honestly have no clue! You’ll know as soon as I do 😛 I’ve been meaning to read Lolita and have bought a copy but the timing doesn’t feel right yet and to me timing is everything when reading 🙂

Happy Reading People 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2013 in www_wednesdays

 

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www_Wednesdays 27th March 2013

www_wednesdays43This last week has been exclusively dedicated to  E-books! How strange that is for one who still insists that she enjoys the ‘real deal’ better 😉 My next book will have to be just that!

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? Nothing!! can you believe that?! Uh Huh!! Nor can I 😉 Taking a break on Holi – The Festival of Colors here in India. Will probably start a new one tomorrow.

The Hitman's Guide to HousecleaningThe Unpleasantness at the Bellona ClubSpeaking From Among the BonesWhat did you recently finish reading? I just finished The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning by Hallgrimur Helgason this morningIt’s a darkly humorous, pithy, seminal read that had me laughing out loud right before twisting my guts into a knot from inappropriate anxiety over the well-being of a Croatian hit man under house arrest of sorts in Iceland! Thoroughly enjoyable, brilliantly funny and my first book by an Icelandic author!

And before that I read two more e-books, Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley, a Flavia de Luce mystery (The 5th in the series) and my first Dorothy L. SayersThe Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club. Both were utterly enjoyable and Sayers is yet another author I’m going to have to explore further. Lord Peter Wimsey is very much my kind of sleuth! It’s surreal, how reading seems to multiply books and authors on the TBR shelf 😉 But this one doesn’t scare me as much because she writes in my favourite genre – Mystery, and her style is reminiscent of Christie. Flavia of course was both exasperating and endearing as usual 🙂 can’t wait for Book 6!

The Reading GroupWhat do you think you’ll read next? Your guess is as good as mine! I’ve kind of deviated from my List, as is wont to happen when I wander into crime-land 😉 And working my way back to it is proving a tad difficult…but I’ll get there in the end! As a first step, I’ve actually bought Lolita. Now if I can bring myself to read it – we’ll see 😛 At some point in the near future will have to read The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble for my Book club! Am waiting for a friend to finish first.

What have you been reading People?

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2013 in www_wednesdays

 

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www_Wednesdays 20th March 2013

www_wednesdays43Between last week’s post and this one – I’ve joined a Bookclub, and read my first e-book! Life is good 🙂

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? Having just finished a book last night. I haven’t begun a new one yet. Cant’s seem to make up my mind, but I don’t think it’ll be The Corrections as I had intended last week 😛

the-pigeon Travels with my AuntWhat did you recently finish reading? Two great books – Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene (my first E-book!) and The Pigeon by Patrick Suskind. Reviews here & here.

 

 

 

 

The Hitman's Guide to HousecleaningA Tale for the Time BeingWhat do you think you’ll read next? There are a couple of books I’ve found while browsing Amazon, always a dangerous thing 😉 The first is A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki and the second is  The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning by Icelandic author Hallgrimur Helgason. Both downloaded samples are intriguing and I’m in real danger of falling way back from my List 😛

What are you reading this week?

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2013 in www_wednesdays

 

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