Anne Rice – The Feast of All Saints

Set in New Orleans before the American Civil War, this is the story of the “Free People of Color”, descended from slaves, and their French and Spanish owners. Among their number is Marcel, an artist in the making, also his gentle sister Marie and Anna Bella, a beautiful young courtesan. Anyway, that’s the synopsis and […]

Just a ramble tonight

Just having a bit of a ramble tonight. I have two books to review and a third coming in a day or so when I have enough time in the car to finish it – less than one cassette side to listen to. I would review one of them now but I’ve landed myself a […]

The BBC Book List

Just because I’m way too tired after the book stall yesterday I’m giving you another booklist. This is probably the list that started me searching for all the other book lists around and I think I got it from Facebook. Anyway, I’ve been good and tagged the ones I’ve read with an ‘x’, I’m also […]

Book Stall

I promised myself I wouldn’t do another book stall as they’re just too much work, but when the invitation came around it was too hard to refuse. It came just before I made the decision to specialise a little so I’m taking the opportunity to clear out some stock. I won’t be selling children’s books […]

Interesting stuff to see

It’s just amazing what people direct me to on the web. Today is no exception to that and I have two little things to give you. The first is a wedding invitation, it’s the kind of invitation you have when you’re both mad bookies and you know everyone will understand. The other makes good use […]

Ingenuity and new use for books

I have a love/hate relationship with people who cut up books or make them into things, but sometimes it just has to be done. Most encyclopedias are not worth the paper they’re printed anymore as they go out of date before they’re printed and the internet has made the search for information so much easier […]

The Original Jennings

Jennings and Darbishire, two of my favourite childhood characters. They seemed to live idyllic lives in boarding school and have all sorts of adventures. The books were written by Anthony Buckeridge with the first one, Jennings Goes to School, being published in 1950 and the last, That’s Jennings, in 1994. I’ve just found out that […]

Family Stories – Uncle Abe and the car

I know it has nothing to do with books but I’m going to give you a few family stories at odd times. My Great Uncle Abe passed on recently and has left a rash of stories. This is my favourite. It’s set sometime in the mid to late 1960s. Uncle Abe used to work in […]

Condensing books into movies

I’ve been watching Hogfather the movie, not the book and just being totally amazed by how nicely the transition has been. It’s gone from being a super cool book to being a super cool movie. The characters come through beautifully and some of the characters work much better on screen than they do in book […]

Hancock: Man of Iron – Neil Phillipson

Hancock: Man of Iron – Neil Phillipson This book is a comprehensive book describing Lang Hancock and his association with mining in Western Australia. It gives a good deal of information about mining and helps to understand Hancock’s personality. He was a third generation North Australian and his name was synonymous with the Pilbara region, […]