Friday January 18, 2008

Read a good book this summer? Tell someone about it!

Join Mosman Library’s summer reading program for adults and you could win fabulous prizes. Read a book, write a short review and go into the draw. Winners will be drawn each week in January.

Just ask our friendly staff for your review form when you check out your books or submit your review online.

Here’s what some of our patrons have been recommending…

The Broken Shore by Peter Temple CRIME / TEMP
A fantastic book a crime novel with a very complex multi-layered plot. Highly recommended. 4 stars.

The Turkish Gambit by B. Akunin DETECTIVE / AKUN
Boris Akunin, a modern Russian author has created a charming, yet mysterious young diplomat-detective operating at the end of the 19th Century. In the 3rd book he is at the front in the Russo-Turkish war trying to find a traitor. What makes it so interesting is that we see this war from the Russian point of view rather than the British. 4 stars.

The Naming of Eliza Quinn by Carol Birch F / BIRC
This was a totally absorbing epic, profound and deeply moving. This is a story of human life with all its highs and lows. Fascinating and beautifully written. 5 stars.

A Long long way by Sebastion Barry ADVENTURE / BARR
A wonderful story about Irish soldiers fighting for the British Empire in WW1 and Irish patriots in the 1916 Easter uprising. Barry’s writing is poetic, beautiful achingly sad and ruthlessly honest. My second reading was even more rewarding. 4½ stars.

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver F / KING
A family saga based on a remote mission in the Congo narrated by the family members. Superbly told, the African life, vibrancy & colour beat louder than the drums for all involved. The monotony of daily life, the blandness of the diet and the evils of the area, all unfold into a magnificent social comment on the newly emerging Zaire. If you have a soul read this! 5 stars.

It’s not about the Bike: my journey back to life by Lance Armstrong 796.62 / ARMS
Powerful, inspiring & courageous. It encourages us all to live everyday to the fullest and gives us the strength to overcome adversity. 4 stars.

Last Drinks by Andrew McGahan F / MCGA
George has fled to the mountains to escape a post– QLD corruption inquiry in Brisbane. When the man who was once his best friend and partner in the seedy underbelly is found dead, George has to hunt down his past in search of answers. McGahan is master of the flawed character and while not as brutal as Praise, Last Drinks is an involving read. 3 stars.

The Cat of Portovecchio: Corfu tales by Maria Strani-Potts F / STRA
A delightful book for all readers covering life on all levels on a Greek isle, stories about believable ( and unbelievable) people and a very smart cat. Descriptions of scenery and people are excellent. You almost seem to be living there. The local receipes are an added bonus.

Sword Song by Bernard Cornwell HISTORICAL / CORN
Cornwell’s usual brisk tale of mayhem in Saxon/Viking Britain. Its Richard Sharpe again in mail and longboat, ever victorious, ever maligned and treated like dirt by the priviledged and favoured of King Alfred (Wellington again). Swords instead of muskets & cannons. 3 stars.

The Conjurers Bird by Martin Davies F / DAVI
I particularly enjoyed the almost seamless way the author joined the timeframes—no turning back to connect the two stories. The final denouement was a classic, money doesn’t win. A good read. 4 stars.

Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Papers by Harriett Scott Chessman F / CHES
Although this book has been in the Library for some years, I have not come across it before. I found it to be a lovely, lyrical read and I particularly liked the way the author has depicted Degas and the other Impressionist painters in an everyday setting.

Big Shots by Adam Shand 364.1 /SHAN
Adam Shand writes this rather complicated (complicated due to following a myriad of names; relationships and connections) story more like a chronicle of media (e.g. the Bulletin) expose. He interestingly displays his naivety in writing about Victoria’s well publicised criminal underworld however, shows some unknown insights behind criminals and their families. 3 stars.

The Last Good Man by Patience Swift F / SWIF
A strange book in some ways. Jumps from being rather real to be very superficial especially at the end. 2 stars.

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