Monday, 31 May 2010
Sunday, 30 May 2010
Sookie Stackhouse has finally settled into a relationship with the Viking vampire Eric, and her errant brother Jason seems to have his life in order, too. But all the other people in Sookie’s life – Eric himself, her former lover Bill, her friend and boss Sam – are having family problems. Eric’s maker shows up with Eric’s ‘brother’ in tow and the ailing Bill can only be healed by a blood sibling. The furor raised by the coming out of the two-natured has yet to settle; some people are just not ready to sit down to dinner with a man who turns into a dog. And Sookie herself is still recovering from her last ordeal. She’s definitely improving, physically and mentally, but she’s always going to have some dark moments now. The werewolves tell her that there have been strange and ominous passers-by in the Stackhouse woods which are not exactly human. This book explores the family connections of all the main characters including Sookie, Jason, Eric, Bill and even Sam. Sookie especially becomes familiar with her fae relatives even though most of them are out of reach while Eric and Bill meet their vampire siblings
Saturday, 29 May 2010
The Short Stories are:
- Fairy Dust
- One word Answer
- Dracula Night
- Gift Wrap
Friday, 28 May 2010
Thursday, 27 May 2010
Sookie discovers a new family member in this eighth installment to the Southern Vampire Series. There is a spate of werewolf murders and the possibility of an interpack werewar. There is also a hostile vampire takeover.
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Eric and Sookie intensify their relationship by having a blood bond. But there is more trouble to come, as the Fellowship of the Sun has something up their sleeves...
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Sookie's cousin Hadley who was a vampire has died, and Sookie has to go to Louisianna to sort out Hadley's possessions. At Hadley's apartment there is a suprise for Sookie, that noone but Hadley would have known about.
There is a celebration because of the marriage of the Queen of Louisianna and the King of Arkansas. But there is an unexpected twist of events which leads to the mass culling of many vampires from both sides, including the King of Arkansas.
So much happens in this novel, and if this does not improve your opinion of the Southern Vampire Series, then clearly you are hard to please.
Monday, 24 May 2010
Sunday, 23 May 2010
Sookie phones Pam, Eric's second in command, and explains the state that Eric is in, and Pam explains how that has come to be. Sookie is asked to look after Eric, whilst he is in that state since the vampires have a problem with some rogue witches. It all gets very interesting and culminates in a witch war - with the vampires and weres fighting together.
But whilst Eric is in this altered state of mind, he becomes endearing and it would seem that Sookie falls in love with him. This new Eric who is so unlike the hardened Eric that she knows. When Eric gets his memory back he recalls nothing of their time together.
If you only read one Southern Vampire book - let this be it.
Saturday, 22 May 2010
She rescues Bill who is being held captive outside the King's mansion, and ends up killing a vampire. Once the rescue is over, Sookie nearly loses her life. Since I don't want to give away too much, you have to read this book. It is quite compelling.
Friday, 21 May 2010
This book takes Sookie to Dallas, where she stays with Bill at a vampire hotel, which as you guessed, caters for the needs of vampires - dark and safe until dark- as well as their human companions. Sookie's mission is to find a vampire that the Fellowship of the Sun has, that they are planning to crucify. During this adventure, Sookie meets some other supernaturals who help to save her life. Lots of action, which I won't speak much more of since I do not wish to spoil it for you. A brilliant addition to the series, which I would give 5 stars if that were my thing.
Thursday, 20 May 2010
This book shows us how Sookie's life changes 2 years after the great revelation, when Bill Compton a vampire comes into the bar that she works at. Sookie saves Bill from some drainers, and thus begins their relationship. Sookie gets sucked into the world of vampires, and well it's all one big adventure, with everything you could want from a mystery book.
A quick read that is not only fun, but interesting as you pick up things about Louisianna. Great if you're into vampire literature, but also if you are venturing into vampire literature to see 'what the fuss is about'.
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
In 1996, she released the first in the Shakespeare series, set in rural Arkansas. The fifth book in the series, Shakespeare's Counselor, was printed in the Autumn of 2001, followed by the short story "Dead Giveaway" published in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in December of the same year. Harris has stated on her website that she has finished with the series. After Shakespeare, Harris created The Southern Vampire Mysteries series about a telepathic waitress named Sookie Stackhouse who works in a northern Louisiana bar. The first book in the series, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001. Each book follows Sookie as she tries to solve mysteries involving vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures.
October 2005 marked the debut of Harris's new series entitled The Harper Connelly Mysteries, with the release of Grave Sight. The series is told by a young woman named Harper Connely, who after being struck by lightning, is able to locate dead bodies and to see their last moments through the eyes of the deceased.
Here are the books that Charlaine Harris has written, hopefully during the course of the year I will read them all.
1. Dead until Dark
2. Living Dead in Dallas
3. Club Dead
4. Dead to the World
5. Dead as a Doornail
6. Definitely Dead
7. All together Dead
8. From Dead to Worse
9. Dead and Gone
10. A touch of Dead
11. Dead in the Family
Harper Connelly Series
1. Grave Sight
2. Grave Surprise
3. An ice cold Grave
4. Grave Secret
Aurora Teagarden Series
1. Real Murders
2. A Bone to Pick
3. Three Bedrooms, One Corpse
4. The Julius House
5. Dead over Heels
6. A Fool and his Honey
7. Last Scene Alive
8. Poppy Done to Death
Lily Bard Series
1. Shakespeare’s Landlord
2. Shakespeare’s Champion
3. Shakespeare’s Christmas
4. Shakespeare’s Trollop
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
As I am presently reading Emma by Jane Austen, I will start reading the Geisha books shortly and will probably write excessively on Geisha since I find them so fascinating. Well Sayonara for now!!!
Monday, 17 May 2010
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
- All Together Dead - Charlaine Harris
- From Dead to Worse - Charlaine Harris
- Dead and Gone - Charlaine Harris
- A Touch of Dead - Charlaine Harris
Sunday, 16 May 2010
I still have not figured out which is the best order in which to read Jane Austen, so thought that I should go about it in the manner in which they did in The Jane Austen Book Club. This means that the order in which I'll be reading will be:
- Mansfield Park
- Northanger Abbey
- Pride and Prejudice
- Sense and Sensibility
"A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment." JANE AUSTEN
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Oprah has introduced us to so many books over the years and for that she has to be thanked, she helped make reading popular again. I have already read a few of the books on Oprah's list, and have purchased some of those which I have yet to read. Oprah's list has such wonderful books on it, that it is a great starting point if you are uncertain what to read.
So far from Oprah's list I have read:
- Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
- Night - Elie Wiesel
- White Oleander - Janet Fitch
- The Reader - Bernhard Schlink
Friday, 14 May 2010
- Harry Potter
- Southern Vampire
- House of Night
- Lord of the Rings
- Chronicles of Narnia
- Vampire Diaries
- Sisterhood of the travelling pants
- Harper Connelly
- Aurora Teagarden
- Lemony Snickets
- Kiss me, Kill me
- A Touch Series
- Vampire Academy
Thursday, 13 May 2010
F. Scott Fitzgerald is truly a master story teller and his skill is displayed excellently in The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald tells about the markers of the Jazz Age - the Swinging 20s with flappers, jazz, bootlegging, prohibition and all things that made the 20s what it was. He shows great insight in his analysis, and inclusion of certain events and books e.g. the young Jewess that works at the Swastika Holding company (oh the irony!!). The Great Gatsby is a story that has an element to it that can be linked to Jane Austen, shows us how money can change and sometimes destroy your life.
The tale of Jay Gatsby is one that can be said to be 'rags to riches'. He wants to be rich so he can get the girl, but when he is rich, he derives very little pleasure from his affluence. He throws lavish parties at which he is hardly present, staying almost reclusive so that the people who arrive there (often uninvited) actually don't know the identity of this man called Gatsby. When one thinks that Gatsby only throws these parties in the hopes that the object of his affection, Daisy, will one day saunter into his house and they will end up happily ever after. This unfortunately does not happen the way Gatsby planned, Daisy does not show up to Gatsby's parties, but where there is a will there is a way.
Daisy and Gatsby are reunited by Gatsby's neighbour Nick who happens to be Daisy's cousin. Both receive much gaiety from this reunion, but it does not last long. With the turn of events in the plot one would actually believe that Daisy's husband Tom (who has been stepping out all along) set Gatsby up. But then it could just be a cruel twist of fate that results in Gatsby's death. The saddest part of it, is that of the throng of people who attended Gatsby's parties, none of them attended Gatsby's funeral.
Perhaps what we should learn from The Great Gatsby is that affluence is something that will not guarantee you genuine human relationships, but rather fair weather friends. Of course this is just a superficial analysis, the more complex stuff will be left to the literary academics and english majors.
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
What made The Crucible more interesting to me was finding out that it has been based on the transcripts of the actual Salem Witch Trials. It has a very poignant purpose to show us how detrimental it often can be when people falsely cry wolf. Or in the case of The Crucible, crying 'Witch!' with the outcome being hangings and burnings.
This was a very entertaining, or rather I should say enthralling read, and I recommend it to anyone in the mood for a good play or for learning something of historical importance without actually reading an encyclopedia or history book.
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
The publisher said $1 for each book sold in the United States from the first printing of 1.5 million copies will be donated to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which supports disaster relief efforts such as those in Haiti and Chile.
I wonder if any proceeds from this book sold in South Africa will go for disaster relief too? I am pre-ordering my copy tomorrow!!!!!!!!
Monday, 10 May 2010
Sunday, 9 May 2010
When her mother is imprisoned for life for killing a lover with the poison of oleander flowers, Astrid is placed in foster care. She passes through a series of foster homes ranging from a trailer park to a Hollywood bungalow and a series of foster mothers - one who shoots her and another who starves her. It seems that she has found love and happiness and a chance at life with one rich couple until tragedy occurs and Astrid is on the move again.
The Review: This novel, is a true masterpiece, and should be read by all people who enjoy books that allow for digging deep, and considering the effects that humans have on oneanother. This book show's how Astrid's mother has messed her up, and how she ruins her chances for happiness and any semblance of a normal life when her mother is in prison. Her mother is so selfish, and despite her words, she does not really care for Astrid.
Saturday, 8 May 2010
Friday, 7 May 2010
I made my way through his books quite quickly and developed firm favourites - such as Matilda and The Witches. And then I discovered BOY, and it quickly catapulted to #1 status. In this magnificent memoir of his childhood, Dahl tells of his school experiences, canings and very naughty ideas. My favourite chapter is the Great Mouse Plot [alluded to in the cover I have chosen], easily the most hillarious thing I have ever read.
So if you want to hear about a childhood recalled magically, one that you could almost be envious of (if only it were not for the canings!!!!) and wishing that it was your own; do yourself a favour and read BOY, you will enjoy it immensely.
Thursday, 6 May 2010
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
Monday, 3 May 2010
"Dr. Armonson stitched up her wrist wounds. Within 5 minutes of the transfusion he declared her out of danger. Chucking her under the chin, he said, "What are you doing here, honey? Your not even old enough to know how bad life gets." And it was then Cecelia gave orally what was to be her only form of suicide note, and a useless one at that, because she was going to live: "Obviously, Doctor," she said, "you've never been a 13 year old girl."
Jeffrey Eugenides - The Virgin Suicides
Sunday, 2 May 2010
Jeffrey Eugenides - The Virgin Suicides