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Books!

Just a quick one, I'm going to go and watch yesterday's episode of Doctor Who in a moment...

I just wanted to say something quickly about the book's I've been reading recently. Since cutting down on the amount of comics I'm buying and reading, I've been catching up on my reading stuff with fewer pictures. In the last week I've finished two books that have been hanging around for ages and read another two. The two that were hanging around are 1421: The Year China Discovered the World and Matter. Both of which were very different, but very good. (I'll not go on about them here. If you're interested, have a look at the Amazon pages.)

The two I read through the week were The Children of Hurin - which had a style sort of half way between the difficult reading of The Silmarillion and the slip-into-a-warm-bath style of The Lord of the Rings. Pretty much unputdownable. The last one, was a book which I won in a competition that trinapink runs every week on her Stone SouP blog (syndicated at stonoffsoup. It's her "Monday Book Giveaway" that she does every week (and each week from a different hat!). The book was The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson and it was really rather wonderful. A marvellous relationship story, based around the death of a girl in the family swimming pool(which is really something of a maguffin to get the story started but works wonderfully). The only thing which caused me a moments pause was when she referred to two girls watching Billy Elliott and referred to their 'Scottish accents'. I assume this is because it's a book published in America. A British editor would have caught that one. Still, it's got my full recommendation. I loved it and will definitely be looking for Joshilyn's other books. So, thank you Katrina! Very much!

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trinapink
Jun. 1st, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

I liked it too, very much, but I found it very disturbing. I had too much empathy for Bet, and I have to wonder if Joshilyn intended for that to happen. I suspect perhaps she did.
samarcand
Jun. 2nd, 2008 10:48 am (UTC)
SPOILER!
I agree. I found her motives to be all too understandable. Her method was just a little too psycho...

Would you pass on my appreciation to her for me, next time you are in contact with her?
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