Zi71bFS9nQHnivtvUJquhejTHIQ The Story Factory Reading Zone: October 2010

Sunday, 24 October 2010

The Foretelling (A Review)

A lovely book about what it means to discover yourself and unravel your own future. Set in an Amazonian tribe (as in the women warriors, not the place), its an interesting story with many twists and turns. Perfect for younger readers. 

I'm happy to send this book to any of my UK blog readers, provided that they will register its arrival with BookCrossing

The Roman Mysteries: The Secrets of Vesuvius (A Review)

Described for ages 8+, this book was equally as good as light reading for an adult. I loved the way that the author presented a lively and interesting tale, whilst maintaining a good degree of historical accuracy in the detail. A book that I would thoroughly recommend. I am going to hang on to so that I can share it with the young people in my life.

Friday, 15 October 2010

The Dark Side of the Sun (A Review)

More Ursula le Guin meets Douglas Adams than usual Terry Pratchett fair. Don't get me wrong, I like both those authors, but it just wasn't quite what I was expecting. Some very quirky moments, but often hard to follow. I'm going to re-read this one at some point- I'm sure there's more to be got out of it than what I've found so far.

The World Acording to Clarkson (A Review)

I was surprised (and slightly worried TBH) by how many of Mr Clarkson's comments held within this book struck a chord with me. Funny commentary on our world today. Worth a read to remind yourself that you can't take life too seriously. 

This book is available for request to anyone in the UK who is willing to confirm its arrival using either BookCrossing, BookMooch or BornFreeBooks (will register on  relevant site when requested)

Saturday, 9 October 2010

The Tales of Beedle the Bard (A Review)

Interesting book, and certainly easier to read than the Harry Potter books. I whizzed through this book- taking only one evening to read it. I loved the commentary by Dumbledore and the way other Harry Potter characters were weaved into it. 

UK followers- feel free to request this book from me (through BookCrossing, Born Free Books or GoodReads), but be warned that it may be a while until I can send it out because I have currently leant it to a family member. 

The Help (A Review)

A thought-provoking and well-written book, dealing with some deep issues and obviously dear to the authors heart. The further I got into this book, the harder it was to put it down. It made me want to know more about apartheid america. 

Feel free to request this book (through BookCrossing, Born Free Books or GoodReads), but be warned that I have currently leant it to a family member, so I can't send it out straight away. 

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Swindon (Magic Roadabout) BookCrossing UnConvention

I'm sitting here in my room, having just finished making journal entries for the many books people kindly gave me at the BookCrossing UnConvention. I'm wearing my 'Let's have a magic UnCon' t-shirt and I'm feeling good. It was magical today, meeting up with many of the bookcrossers who had only been usernames previously, joining in a book-swap game and listening to Jasper Fford.

So, I'd just like to say a big thankyou to the organisers, the authors and fellow attendees. I'm sorry I could only stay for such a short time with you, but I have a great time anyway. And thankyou, of course, to all the people who left me books (especially my NSS who was enormously generous with her gift(s) and time in getting/making them). I do hope that you see this post and that you understand how much it all meant to me.

I would love to hear from anyone else who was there about your favourite moments. And if you weren't there where were you?!
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