Review 3.5 stars out of 5
Update finished reading this!
What an interesting idea for a book. Quite a unique angle to consider an elderly man who has been hearing benevolent voices the whole of his life. What surprised me, until I read the authors Afterword, is that I never questioned whether the voices were real. I automatically assumed they were supernatural as the book draws you in to Alfred’s inner world. Alfred (the protagonist) is a really lovely character btw! Very easy to warm to.
In all this book should have worked, and have been worthy of 4 stars, but I found myself sometimes trudging laboriously through parts of it, perhaps it was the sheer incredibility of the events that happened to Alfred, maybe it was just a tad too long; whatever it was it did not hit the wow factor for me.
That said do not let it put you off as a lot of reviewers loved this book.
Previous: Had this one sitting on the shelf for ages. Glad I set up a reading challenge of 10 books between June and November 2018. This gives me the motivation to actually read some of the books I have purchased. I am enjoying the challenge, I forgot how much I love reading for leisure. Currently on number 8/10…so according to Goodreads on track lol. Happy reading to you all.
A really good read. Eleanor is a complex and self-sufficient figure. She certainly has a unique style with how she deals with life. I quite like her. The book is funny and sad. My favourite part was the first section of the book. I enjoyed her use of a wide vocabulary lol, love learning new words. A bright lady who has a story to tell. Recommend.
This has got some rave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, hence I thought I would give it a go. Five stars are generally only given for wow books lol, so a four out of five for popular fiction is a good rating.
Recommend for anyone wanting an easy-read with an interesting storyline about a woman living her life on the fringes of society but how an act of kindness snowballs to reveal a world she had never considered before. Good luck to her – a lovely feel-good book.
Really good 4.5 stars
Not my usual genre – crime thrillers, but found this captivating and ushered me into investigating the murders. Lol, I had literally accused everyone in the town within the first few chapters! The plot is good.
It is set in Kiewarra, a hot, desolate, bakingly dry town in the Australian outback. The description reaveals hot the starkness of hot, empty fields stretching as far as the eye can see is echoed in a community on the very edge!
Faulk (the main protagonist) and Sergeant Raco, are two of the most likeable characters and one feels honoured to be introduced. Faulk returns to his hometown Kiewarra after being run out of town as a teen, on circulating suspicions about his part in a girls death. His father accompanies him and it is sad to see a middle-aged man leaving behind the land and farm his grandparents built up, to relocate to a city in which he never quite fits in. Faulk returns to the town as an adult reigned in by a letter he receives from his old best friend’s dad ‘Luke lied. You lied’. They are burying Luke, his wife, and child…..a suspected murder by Luke who then takes his own life.
All the characters are well rounded and believable. This is the kind of book I did not want to come to an end; the characters still seeming to continue their lives in Kiewarra and Melbourne even though the chapters remain unwritten. I am glad to have caught a glimpse of their lives and I recommend this book to all who like crime thrillers.
The opening quote sums up the setting for the story, the bleakness of the landscape, and the crime: ‘It wasn’t as though the farm hadn’t seen death before, and the blowflies didn’t discriminate. To them there was little difference between a carcass and a corpse’.
In an excerpt from her new memoir, ‘All You Can Ever Know,’ transracial adoptee Nicole Chung recounts how her parents came to adopt her.
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This looks like an excellent read. Put this on my to be read list!
Review of a popular science book ‘A Universe from Nothing’ by Lawrence Krauss
Oh dear! Firstly, the topic is fascinating in exploring how the Big Bang might have started, and the ultimate inflation of the universe. Indeed chapter 8 ‘A grand accident’ is wonderful. However, the book is ruined by the continuous reference to religion as being superfluous. The remarks are almost derogatory sometimes. This detracted from the book. The other aspect was the book perhaps relied upon a better background in physics than ‘popular-science book reader’ level!
I personally did not warm to the authors writing style.
I think it would be helpful to put in the synopsis of the book that it is anti-religion and also that it may require some background knowledge of physics. That said chapter 8 really did make me think…..the idea of multiverses and how they could occur by creation of pockets in space. The underlying theme is that space is filled with a mysterious dark energy and it propels inflation of the universe at ever increasing speeds. It is not a bad book, just a difficult book, both in writing style and grasping the concepts. I did have to re-read paragraphs a few times!
I will continue my popular science reading and maybe my level of physics will increase enough to enjoy this book if it is read again.
Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees. ~Faith Baldwin, American Family
A torch for those nights curled up with a good book whilst outside the first Autumnal weather comes in.
Really enjoying this book blog. Constantly on the hunt for some enthralling blogs and interesting people. Happy to have stumbled over this one by Shalini.
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