Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommendation: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre. There's a girl named Door, an Angel called Islington, and Earl who holds Court on the carriage of a Tube train, a Beast in a labyrinth, and dangers and delights beyond imagining ... and Richard, who only wants to go home, is to find a strange destiny waiting for him below the streets of his native city.

What I have to say: This book is sorta like a modern day Alice in Wonderland. It has twists and turns, fantasy and charm, adventure and the things nightmares are made of. All the things that make a good story!
Neil Gaiman is becoming one of my favorite authors and I have another one of his books on my list to read!!

This was originally a TV series made for the BBC and this particular publication is the Authors Preferred text as it's been rewritten a couple of times.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

What to read or what Not to read about Harry Potter ...

Read. I know this is about predictions for book 7, but it's so much fun to go back too and see what they were right and or wrong about!
Read, but be prepared to be a little annoyed by the Author who thinks she's something special.

Yes. Not so much about Harry as the mythology in the series.
Don't read. He says this is for the "serious" rereader but I think the Author wrote this book mainly for himself. He also didn't do enough research on British culture etc... One of the more annoying things he thinks there is a play on words with the magizine that Harry is reading in POA (book 3), Which Broomstick?. He thinks Which/Witch, but really Which magizines are all over the UK helping consumers pick out computers, cell phones and the like. I would say it was more for anyone who has a lot of time on their hands and wants to research other areas of literature.

Read just for the comic value.

Monday, February 1, 2010

February's Book of the Month

He is Oliver Barrett IV, a rich jock from a stuff Wasp family on his way to a Harvard degree and a career in law.
She is Jenny Cavilleri, a wisecracking working-class beauty studying music at Radcliffe.
Opposites in nearly every way.
But they fell in love.
This is their story.

Cupcakes at Carrington’s by Alexandra Brown {book review}

Every month a blog I follow hosts a book club, but the books chosen all have to do with food. Particularly baking. It’s very similar to ...