A week ago, the 2014 Man Booker Prize shortlist was announced and I am absolutely ecstatic to see that Richard Flanagan’s masterpiece, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, is in the thick of things. I have previously reviewed this book and it quickly catapulted itself into my personal Top 5 Books of All Time. I also had the pleasure of meeting Richard (oh we are totally on an unspoken first name basis, I’m sure) at Adelaide Writers’ Week earlier this year, where he honoured me by noting me as a fellow scribbler. So my views on this year’s shortlist are completely biased – I want him to win!
First of all, I’d like to humbly apologise for my lack of posts in the last few months. I handed up the last of my scheduled assignments at the end of May and since then have been procrastinating with my studies (as is tradition) so I don’t really have any excuse, but I plan to rectify the situation. So, without further ado, it’s time to resume my normal programming of posting about all things bookish! I have been reading a lot lately (see earlier comment re: procrastinating from studies) so have lots of book reviews to catch up on. I thought I’d resume with my most recent read, Mr Mercedes by Stephen King.
I’ve only read The Narrow Road to the Deep North, and it quickly made it into my Top 3 books. I love it, and hope Richard Flanagan wins!
Originally posted on A Little Blog of Books and Other Stuff:
This year’s Man Booker Prize longlist was announced today. The thirteen titles are:Joshua Ferris – To Rise Again at a Decent Hour Richard Flanagan – The Narrow Road to the Deep North Karen Joy Fowler – We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Siri Hustvedt – The Blazing World Howard Jacobson – J Paul Kingsnorth – The Wake David Mitchell – The Bone Clocks Neel Mukherjee – The Lives of Others David Nicholls – Us Joseph O’Neill – The Dog Richard Powers – Orfeo Ali Smith – How To Be Both Niall Williams – History of the Rain
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Thanks to Dymocks Adelaide, my lovely friend Diane and I were lucky enough to go to a Q&A session with Tara Moss on Wednesday night at the Belgian Beer Cafe. This was a free event in a lovely, warm surrounding, and we were pleasantly surprised to receive a glass of champagne on arrival, which set the tone for the excellent night ahead.
I am not averse to reading non-fiction, and regular readers of my blog will know I have reviewed some works of non-fiction in the past. One of the things I love about being in a book club is the diversity of books I’m reading as a result, as we’re often reading things I never would have picked up in the bookstore. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes, however, is not a book I am grateful to have encountered…
I have a confession to make. I had never heard of George RR Martin, or his A Song of Ice and Fire book series, before the television series Game of Thrones sucked me into its vortex. The characters and storyline quickly made it one of my most favourite TV shows of all time, and, being someone who buys an awful lot of books without the time to read them due to some crazy compulsion (at last count, 294 books unread in my bookshelves), I have had the books sitting in my shelves untouched since the TV series began. I admit, the sheer length of them put me off a bit. It looked like quite a commitment. Continue reading
Wow, it’s been way too long since I updated this blog, but I have been working my butt off with assignments for my Honours project. For those that don’t know, I finished my degree last year but this year started my Honours in Creative Writing. I’m doing this part-time while I keep working full-time so I can pay my mortgage and mountains of bills. I’m hoping it will lead into a PhD so I can continue researching and writing and basically just doing what I love. I’d love an ongoing role at a University! Anyway, this has impacted my blogging for obvious reasons, as well as my reading patterns, as I am peppering reading for pleasure with reading about literary theory or research methods. In a couple of weeks, my scheduled assignments will end so I will have the time to schedule in the 5 [at the moment, anyway] book reviews I have outstanding. Don’t worry, my poppets, I haven’t disappeared, just been a little snowed under :)