Sunday, February 18, 2018

Does Your World keep Spinning Round?

The library's tidy. The books can be found. And the world keeps spinning around. I'm enjoying the delight of a son's bedroom now repurposed as a home for all my books, and the benefits of last year's flood that engendered this repurposing. I'm still regretting the books I lost, and staring anxiously at bottom shelves, four inches above ground level, just hoping that will be enough if the worst comes to worst. But we have water detectors now. As long as we're home when the worst comes to worst, I shall hear a loud noise and come down to rescue my world...

...which keeps spinning around.

The books on my review list for today are a very curious mix--the only thing they might have in common is that curiously spinning world... and the fact that they create their own worlds made of words...

The Nut File by John Skoyles presents an almost real world in almost a series (or sequence) of essays, very short stories (sometimes only one sentence) and ponderings, and almost many things. It's intriguing to find such short pieces so unputdownable. Enjoy with some lively easy-drinking two-star coffee.

The Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard are firmly set in the real world of the past, starting in 1930s England. I've only read the first book so far, The Light Years, but I'm definitely hooked. Like a cross between Upstairs Downstairs and Enid Blyton's Secret Seven, it depicts the rich and poor, rules and ruled, children, lonely mothers and homely nursemaids, all convincingly real with every view-point drawing the reader further in. Enjoy with some richly elegant four-star coffee, and watch out for more.

Murder on New Year’s Eve by P. Creeden is first in a series of short novellas, designed to be read in an hour or two each. There's a dog, so I'm hooked, plus nicely low-key romance, and a mystery solved by a woman's attention to detail. It's a fun quick easy-reading tale to enjoy with some easy-drinking two-star coffee.

And still in the realm of romantic suspense and mystery, but in a much, much longer tale, there's See Me by Nichlas Sparks. Weighty with backstory at the start, it's a novel that comes into its own in the second half, where half-hinted trials and tribulations begin to take the stage. Enjoy with some dark five-star coffee as the world spins around these characters and the reader tries to guess where it will end. I guessed.

Finally, in a world even darker than ours, filled with politics, lusts and wars, there's A Heretical Divide (Of Hate And Laughter Book 2) by Serban Valentin Constantin Enache. It's the second part of a sprawling epic, but easy enough to pick up after forgetting part one, so probably easy enough to stand alone. A large cast of characters, mostly human, fights for power in the name of various gods. Enjoy this dark epic with some darkly brewed five-star coffee. A spinning world indeed.

Let's keep spinning stories!






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