The other day, my granddaughter helped herself to my collection of old, treasured books and proceeded to read me a story which she made up herself, pretending to read it from the book she had to hand. Quite remarkable for a three-year old or regularly informs me that she is “Four in September . I mention this to illustrate that books are still alive, well and exist in the world of an infant, as well as that of their owner, a 64 year old who treats these books like old friends and is precious about their wellbeing. Having said that it is a delight to me that my darling Elsie shows as much interest in the dusty volumes, and their 100 year old cabinet, as my older human fiends, who like me still hold books in a higher esteem than most E Readers available. Yes, I do own a Kindle Fire for travel, and it works well when I’m on the road. But like a real fire and a Sunday roast, there is nothing, in my world at least, that comes close to hunkering down with an old book that like me, has seen better days.
Monday, 8 January 2018
What I tend to do is find an alternate guide, a novel, an old map etc; and go off looking for something underneath the regular information. For instance, this Spring I’m planning a two day jaunt in London UK, walking in the footsteps of Charles Dickens with two fantastic books ‘Dickens London’ and his famous ‘Sketches By Boz’, both rich in description of a London long gone, of which snippets can still be traced.
This I’m sure will be much more fun, more entertaining as I read the beautiful text and see London of old come alive off the pages.
Tuesday, 26 December 2017
At the time of writing I’m well into the book and viewed the film trailer a dozen or so times.
It’s the quality of the writing that’s keeping me up reading well into the small hours, and every spare moment as we snow board into the new year. I don’t normally read books a second time, but with this stunning piece of work, there might be an exception. Back in 2018 to talk about the film adaptation.
Wednesday, 20 December 2017
My advice would be to read the book first, then go to the movie. This is more than your average SciFi book or movie. For weeks I couldn’t get either out of my head, but that wasn’t an unpleasant experience. Over Christmas I will watch the movie again, as I have so many books to read. Easily the best and most joyous read of 2017.
Friday, 27 October 2017
Tuesday, 10 October 2017
It's a coming of age tale by college dropout and all the baggage that he collects along his road to a living hell. Beautifully written I have to say, and great to read as you watch the character Moody bumble in and out of explosive situations, throughout the series, particularly the first.