Saturday, April 13, 2013
Saturday, April 06, 2013
Monday, April 01, 2013
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Sunday, March 17, 2013
... in my red boots. This week there is a review of Elen Caldecott's forthcoming children's book: The Great Ice-Cream Heist. The book is out on June 6th 2013 and you'll have to read this review to see what I think. And if you're feeling feisty then get battle ready.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Sunday, March 03, 2013
Well, still in my Docs, I've limped into March. This week there's a book review of Chris Priestley's Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror and there's a bit of peddling going on. Have a good week all.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Saturday, February 09, 2013
A wanderer in Paris has donned some cherry docs and moved. This week you can read a review of Liz Kessler's The Tail of Emily Windsnap, hear about what was going down at the Fleadh in 1994 (a bit of Saw Doctors and Exhilarating Sadnesss) and you can catch a glimpse of some slightly stuck mussels.
Friday, February 01, 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013
Monday, January 14, 2013
Title: The Undrowned Child
Publisher: Orion, 2010
Synopsis: It's the beginning of the 20th century; the age of scientific progress. But for Venice the future looks bleak. A conference of scientists assembles to address the problems, among whose delegates are the parents of twelve-year-old Teodora. Within days of her arrival, she is subsumed into the secret life of Venice: a world in which salty-tongued mermaids run subversive printing presses, ghosts good and bad patrol the streets and librarians turn fluidly into cats. A battle against forces determined to destroy the city once and for all quickly ensues. Only Teo, the undrowned child who survived a tragic accident as a baby, can go 'between the linings' to subvert evil and restore order.
In 2011 An Awfully Big Blog Adventure ran an online writing conference. They didn't do it again last year, or if they did it was during one of those long periods when I was off line, but the point is that the year before I won this book. And I took a really long time to get round to reading it.
If you would like to know what I thought of the book, A Wanderer near Paris has moved. You can read the whole review here.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Alison by Elvis Costello
First time I heard it: No idea. Alison is one of those songs I grew up with. Obviously, once it appeared on The Man (The best of Elvis Costello) then it became a staple favourite at every single drunken student evening and had to be belted out at the top of my voice.
A wanderer near Paris has moved. If you would like to read more about Elvis Costello's Alison then please click here.
Monday, January 07, 2013
Author: Mary Hoffman
Publisher: Bloomsbury, 2011
Synopsis: Michelangelo's statue of David is renowned all over the world. Thousands flock to Florence to admire the artistry behind this Renaissance masterpiece, and to admire the beauty of the human form captured in the marble. But the identity of the model for this statue that has been so revered for over five hundred years has been lost . . .
In this epic story Mary Hoffman uses her persuasive narrative skills to imagine the story of Gabriele, an eighteen-year-old who, by becoming Michelangelo's model, finds himself drawn into a world of spies, politicking, sabotage and murder. Set against the backdrop of Florence, this is a rich, colourful and thrilling tale.
As a young adult, when fridge magnets were in I bought a David set for my friends. You could dress him up in different outfits including an Elvis one. My parents visited Florence at some point and were also blown away and finally about five years ago, I finally got to go to Florence myself. After announcing to the Frog that I could live solely on Italian food FOREVER, I arrived and discovered I couldn't eat the damn stuff for love or money. Still, the little monster growing inside of me didn't affect my appetite for art and we visited the Ufizi, Academia and wondered the back corridors of the Medici Palace. I loved Florence, and was curious when I discovered that Mary Hoffman had written a book about quite possibly the most iconic statue in the world.
A Wanderer near Paris has moved. If you would like to read more of this review, please click here.