Category Archives: Humour

DWJ March – Favourite main character

This should have been posted on the 3 March, but I’m catching up! There are so many great protagonists in Diana Wynne Jones’ books, it’s hard to pick just one. I really like her double acts in Deep Secret (Rupert … Continue reading

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PICTURES: DWJ March – My books

I’ve actually just read Islands of Chaldea, Diana Wynne Jones’ last book, completed by her sister, Ursula Jones, and there will be my thoughts on that later on this month, but in the mean time, and thanks to Jenny at … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Emma – Jane Austen

(originally published 1816) I had always rather steered clear of Emma, despite the eponymous character being my namesake, since all I had read about her seemed to suggest that she was not as delightful a heroine as, say, Elinor Dashwood … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Deep Secret – Diana Wynne Jones

(published by Victor Gollancz, 1997) Rupert Venables is the youngest of Earth’s Magids when he’s faced with two problems: his sponsor, Stan, dies, and thus Rupert has to find a replacement; and secondly, events in the Koryfonic Empire – not … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Penguin Lines – various authors

The London Underground is 150 years old this year. In commemoration of this, Penguin have issued a series of books, one for each of the Underground Lines (the East London although not now in existence, has its own book, Buttoned … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Witches Abroad – Terry Pratchett

This is one of the earlier Discworld novels, and features Pratchett’s trio of witches – Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick – who previously appeared in Equal Rites and Wyrd Sisters. In the small kingdom of Lancre, in the … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Die for Love – Elizabeth Peters

Jacqueline Kirby, assistant head librarian at Coldwater College, is fed up with life in Nebraska, and heads to New York for a bit of a change, to revisit old haunts, and to attend a convention of historical romance writers organised … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Chelsea Girl Murders – Sparkle Hayter

Robin Hudson, now Programming Head for the Worldwide Women’s Network, begins this fifth of her adventures when a fire forces her to leave her New York apartment block and take refuge in the Chelsea Hotel, at an apartment belonging to … Continue reading

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Reading in 2012

Well, despite what might be implied by my complete failure to post any reviews during 2012, I was still reading. Good news was that I retrieved most of my books from storage at the end of 2012 (after almost six … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Thus Was Adonis Murdered – Sarah Caudwell

(Constable & Robinson 2002, originally published 1981) This, like Delusions of Gender, was the result of a review by another book blogger, this time a more recent one from Jenny. The review immediately made me search out Caudwell’s books (sadly … Continue reading

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