Archive | February, 2013

In The Company of Ghosts – Stephen A. Hunt

18 Feb

Started – 12/2/13

Finished – 16/2/13

Format – Kindle e-book

 

Synopsis – Agatha Witchley used to be a spy in the Cold War, but now she’s locked up in the UK’s premier maximum-security mental institution. She believes that the ghosts of the celebrity dead visit her padded cell and whisper the world’s secrets in her ears. Which is a big problem for the British
government, because she’s the only one who can help them when an American billionaire is murdered in London in one of the strangest killings yet.

The Home Secretary needs the case locked down and solved before the entrepreneur’s death becomes public knowledge and economic chaos ensures.

The woman he has in mind for the job might be paranoid, she might be lethal, she might half-insane and drawing a pension, but it’s amazing how you can forgive that in a genius when it’s a genius’s help you need.

Yes, the security forces need Agatha Witchley again. It’s just the ghosts of Churchill, Elvis and
Groucho Marx they could do without.

My Thoughts – I downloaded this book when i first had my kindle as the synopsis sounded quite good. Spying, ghosts, cold war, famous peoples ghosts whats not to love?

This book is about Agatha Witchley, an elderly lady who can see the ghosts of famous people awho is recruited to try and help to solve the particually strange murder of a buisnessman. However, this is really all i can tell you about the book. It seemed to have two very different plot lines to it, the murder and that part and the ghost part. They didnt really seem to interact with each other at all and i couldnt really understand or follow what was going on.

This is the first book in a series of books and maybe this is why i didnt understand it much but i dont think ill be in a rush to read anymore i really did not enjoy this book at all.

Rating – 1/5

Its Monday! What are you Reading? (18th February)

18 Feb

0Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly bookish meme held on Book Journey by Sheila. It’s a great place to discuss your week in reading and see what others are reading too.

I have a week off this week and im shortly going away to Wales for a few days!

Books Read

I read two books in the last week. The first was The Borrowers Avenged by Mary Norton. This is the final book in the borrowers series and i have to say i really enjoyed this book. A very good end to the series.

The second book i read was In The Company of Ghosts by Stephen A Hunt. I have to say i really really really didnt enjoy this book at all, i really struggled to get into it and really didnt understand it at all.

Reading Now

I’m currently reading Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I havent read this before but i really dont like reading a book when the movie is out and all the hype around it, but its next on my shelf to read so thats what ive picked up. I’m only a couple of chapters in but so far i’m really enjoying it.

Next Up

I’m not too sure what I’m going to read next as I’m going on holiday but if i stick to my reading plan it will be What is it About Yorkies by Dr Harry Jay.

Synopsis – Dog Training Yorkies – What Is It About Yorkies is about how to potty train a yorkie and training your yorkie puppy. The dog training methods are not different than others but there are some unique dog training tips regarding Yorkies you need to know. So this book offers you the complete Yorkie information. For those of you that follow my writing, my subject matter is usually of a more serious nature. Every once in a while I like to write about a subject that isn’t so serious and my dog is one such subject. But I must add, I usually end of writing about some behavioral science traits that are applicable to the subject matter (I can’t help it; it’s a living.). My dog is a Yorkie and his name is Gage. He weighs all of about 7-pounds and he thinks he is a guard dog. For his size, he literally is not afraid of anything (I live in Southern Utah and watched Gage charge a full grown 14-point stag deer that had to weight about 800 lbs.). He makes me laugh (and cry sometimes) and he has more idiosyncrasies than a manic person or as I like to say, “He has issues!”…

I have a little yorkie cross with issues so i think that this will be a good read for me!

The Borrowers Avenged – Mary Norton

13 Feb

Started – 10/2/13

Finshed 12/2/13

Format – Paperback book

 

Synopsis – The Borrowers are back – Pod, Homily and Arrietty have managed to escape from the fiendish Potters, though only by the skin of their teeth – or, more precisely, with the help of Spiller who navigated them downriver in an old knifebox. This is the fifth Borrowers story.

 

My Thoughts – This is the final installment of The Borrowers series and i have to say this one here has really brought the series round for me in a good way.

 

In this book Arrietty and her family are finally able to borrow again in a house. They meet another Borrower along the way, Peagren, which if my memory serves correctly in the movie version Peagren is actually Arriettys brother and played by Tom Felton.

 

There is also the ending of the long running story between the humans, the Potters especially and i really liked how this was explained. As it was a childrens book it is fairly obvious that good will triumph over bad and things like that but all in all a good story.

 

At the end of the book we are finally given a taste as to when the book series is set and its actually set before the first world war which i didnt expect i thought it was later on than that.

 

I have really enjoyed reading this series of books and I’m going to buy my younger cousin a set for her birthday this year, she will be seven so i hope its a book series she will like.

 

Rating – 4/5

Its Monday! What are you Reading? (11th February)

11 Feb

0Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly bookish meme held on Book Journey by Sheila. It’s a great place to discuss your week in reading and see what others are reading too.

Books Read

I read two of  ”The Borrowers’ books last week, The Borrowers Afloat and The Borrowers Aloft. I am enjoying these books and i can see how they appeal to the younger audience although the are a little dated in parts.

Reading Now

I am currently reading The Borrowers Avenged by Mary Norton. This is the last book in the series and i cant wait to see how it will all pan out and end. This book is a little bigger than the others so hopefully it will end well.

Next Up

Next up is a book that i downloaded onto my kindle last year when i first got it, In The Company of Ghosts by Stephen A Hunt. I am looking forward to reading this however i am hoping that its good.

SynopsisAgatha Witchley used to be a spy in the Cold War, but now she’s locked up in the UK’s premier maximum-security mental institution. She believes that the ghosts of the celebrity dead visit her padded cell and whisper the world’s secrets in her ears. Which is a big problem for the British government, because she’s the only one who can help them when an American billionaire is murdered in London in one of the strangest killings yet.

The Home Secretary needs the case locked down and solved before the entrepreneur’s death becomes public knowledge and economic chaos ensures.

The woman he has in mind for the job might be paranoid, she might be lethal, she might half-insane and drawing a pension, but it’s amazing how you can forgive that in a genius when it’s a genius’s help you need.

Yes, the security forces need Agatha Witchley again. It’s just the ghosts of Churchill, Elvis and Groucho Marx they could do without

Books Brought – None this week!

The Borrowers Aloft – Mary Norton

10 Feb

Started – 6/2/13

Finished 10/2/13

Format – Paperback book

 

Synopsis – The Borrowers have found the perfect place to live – a complete model village! But their life is disturbed once again when Mr Platter, who has a rival scheme, decides he wants some live inhabitants for his village. The ingenious Borrowers thwart Mr Platter’s plans and escape from his
grasp…

 

My Thoughts – This is the fourth book out of five in the borrowers series. In this book Arrietty and her family finally reach the village of Little Fordham a model village where they settle. However there is a simular village nearby where the owners kidnap the borrowers and lock them in an attic for the winter.

 

I did like this book more than i did the previous two. I did enjoy the story between the two villages and how they were trying to always better each other. I enjoyed this too as the storyline had a bit more of the convential borrowing as described in the first book. Overall a good story and one i think children will like.

 

Rating – 4/5

The Borrowers Afloat – Mary Norton

9 Feb

Synopsis – The Borrowers are homeless again. The gamekeeper’s cottage, their latest refuge, is being closed up. Luckily their friend Spiller comes to the rescue and introduces them to a new home by the river, in a kettle! Once more the Borrowers find themselves in the middle of a huge adventure.

 

My Thoughts – I am currently working my way through the whole series of The Borrowers and this is the third out of five books. In this book Arrietty and her family are living with Aunt Lupy and her family in a gamekeepers cottage. However the family dont really like this arrangement and then the humans decide to move out so it could be fatal for all the borrowers with all those mouths to feed. So the three borrowers leave in the middle of the night with there friend Spiller who always turns up at the right moment. in this book they end up floating down the river in Spillers kettle, hence the picture on the front of the book.

 

I did like this book however it was a little bit predictable for my liking. I know that its a childrens book and its going to be easy reading but i did think it is a bit too simular to the second book for my liking. still it is a good book and i think that children will enjoy it a lot.

 

Rating – 3/5

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (4th February)

4 Feb

0Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly bookish meme held on Book Journey by Sheila. It’s a great place to discuss your week in reading and see what others are reading too.

My reading mojo has returned 🙂 I’m so pleased that it has and ive finally got myself back into my comfy reading zone!

Books Read

I read two books in the last week. The first one was The Borrowers Afield by Mary Norton. I did enjoy this book on how the borrowers survived when they left the big house but i have to say the first one is better. This one is still good though!

The second book i finished was The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. This is a book that i wanted to read for a long time and im pleased that i finally got around to reading it. While this book is good, it didnt scare me in any way at all and its a fair bit shorter than i thought it would be.

.Reading Now

I’m currently reading The Borrowers Afloat by Mary Norton. I’m only a little way into this at the minute but i am finding it quite enjoyable, i cant wait to see where this book goes.

Next Up

Next up is another borrowers book, The Borrowers Aloft by Mary Norton.