Possum Pie Beetroot Beer and Lamingtons by Victoria Heywood, could there possibly be a comma missing from this title?
I’m not sure what the architect was thinking but this building reminds me of the container buildings in Christchurch, they were put there after the big earthquakes they had but what is his excuse?
Just loved this scarf.
As you might remember I’ve been reading the Gone Series by Michael Grant for a few years, I came to Grant a little late as the series was almost completely published when I found them but I’m trying to be good and read other books as well but this month I caved when I found both books together in the library and borrowed both, I’ve read one after the other so I could move on.
There are six books in this series. Gone, Hunger, Lies, Plague, Fear and Light.
Gone starts the ball rolling by isolating everyone under the age of 15 in a dome, nothing can get in and nothing can get out except as you reach your 15th birthday when you ‘wink out’ and at this stage we don’t know what happens to them. Gone deals with the isolation and the emergence of some of the children with powers. Each book after that then deals with a different problem within the dome.
In Hunger we see how they deal with powers emerging in the animal population and how they cope with the problem of food and it’s interesting to see how different characters come into their own, they’re in the low socioeconomic demographic and therefore have skills high socioeconomic people don’t have and these cooking, foraging skills lead them to be in charge.
In Lies we see how they cope with various lies people tell, while in Plague we see them living or dying with the plague.
The final two books bring the whole thing into perspective as we see Sam dealing with his fear of the dark in Fear…not just his fear as so many people are scared of the dark and in the last few pages the dome becomes clear and the light of the sun comes back. Light finalises everything and we finally see things from the outside world’s perspective.
These are definitely young adult books, there is death, destruction, cruelty, torture, love and references to sex in these books. They are all nicely put together and I couldn’t find fault or continuity errors, a good thing too as young adults are as quick to spot these things and judge as I.
You can see two different covers in this series. I much prefer the black ones as they’re really stark and this illustrates the starkness of the whole series. Yes, there’s a lot of information in the books, Grant doesn’t hold back from the emotional aspects and the descriptions so when I say starkness I mean there’s no covering up, very little alluding to things, except for the sex scenes, not much there.
While I ponder Friday Photos I’ll keep posting.
Where has reading taken you lately? The question seems to be aimed at a particular demographic. The books listed on the right include Narnia, Hogwarts, 100 Acre Wood, Neverland and Middle Earth. Actually, I lie as they’re not books they just resemble books but wouldn’t you love to have books just describing those places?
Two talented people have died this week. We’ve lost Jackie Collins and Yoram Gross.
Collins wrote romance so I’ll never read them but I’ll pay tribute to her despite that. She was a prolific author and her works were read by many, with eight of her 32 novels being adapted for the screen. She died of cancer having kept it secret from so many people. She will be mourned.
Yoram Gross took Dorothy Wall’s books about a koala called Blinky Bill and adapted them to TV. They were good adaptations and gave much joy to so many children.
Vale to both Collins and Gross, much sympathy and good wishes to their families.
With no idea what to expect as it’s the first Farrugia book I’ve read and the only recommendation I had from the author was that he’s published by the same author as Matthew Reilly I headed on into this book on the plane to Israel with no preconceptions. And because I’m feeling lazy I’m going to paste in the description from his website.
The Fifth Column: the world’s most powerful and secretive organization. They run our militaries. They run our governments. They run our terrorist cells.
Recruited as a child, Sophia is a deniable operative for the Fifth Column. Like all operatives, Sophia’s DNA has been altered to augment her senses and her mind is splintered into programmed subsets.
On a routine mission in Iran something goes catastrophically wrong. Bugs are beginning to appear in Sophia’s programming and the mission spins out of control.
Things to like
Fabulous fight sequences
Love Sophia, she manages to cut through the rubbish surrounding her life and figure it all out…yes, she had help but when you’ve been manipulated like she has you need it. And she’s the leader of her little group.
Nice plot points. The idea that there is an organisation running the entire world using medically-altered people with lots of psychology packed into alter their mindset appeals to me.
Things not to like
It’s action packed and hard to put down, not so bad when I’m on a plane for several hours, can’t sleep and the onboard entertainment system doesn’t work well but not so good any other time – I did actually miss a session of the conference when I picked this book up to read a little more.
Where to buy
Here’s the Booktopia link for you. It’s a little expensive but well worth it. If you’d prefer you can get it for your ereader through Farrugia’s website for a vastly reduced sum, while you’re there have a read of his biography which gives you some idea of why his fight scenes are so well put together.
As of today I’ll have done 103 Friday Photos, next week will be my second year anniversary of posting photos on a Friday and it’s time to ask the question “do you want me to continue?” Next year will be even more challenging if I manage to get into full time study and I’m just wondering if I need to rationalise something.