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Discovering Sherlock Holmes (and Benedict Cumberbatch)

Can you believe it?  Until this year I had never read a Sherlock Holmes book, absolute travesty!  My addiction started watching the BBC series Sherlock and I’m hooked.  I now want to get my hands on pretty much anything Sherlock Holmes related.  The only problem is that Season 4 will only air sometime in 2016.  Now I’ve started what I ... Read More »

Emma by Jane Austen should have been written as a play

Until 3/4 way through Emma I was annoyed to be donating precious reading time to Jane Austen this time. Emma irritated me and I cared little for the other characters. I appreciated the humour and irony. Lines such as “Mr Knightley seemed to be trying not to smile; and succeeded without difficulty, upon Mrs Elton’s beginning to talk to him.” ... Read More »

LAUNCHING A NOVEL IDEA – SOMETHING OLD AND ABUNDANTLY NEW

UPDATE – A Novel Idea is no longer at this address and may be re-opened in the future at a different place The grand opening of a new gem in Durban’s crown will be held on Saturday 26th April from 10am – 2pm. The store is situated at Shop 5 Westville North Centre, 157 Blair Atholl Rd. A Novel Idea ... Read More »

Phil Rickman introduces me to magical music

This is another post for the WordPress Weekly challenge “Moved by Music” I read for infinite reasons, among them is the desire to be entertained and to expand my personal parameters. This week after a long break from Merrily Watkins, I read ‘The Smile of a Ghost’ by Phil Rickman. Whilst providing a good plot and characters Phil Rickman has ... Read More »

The Stars Shine Down – my 1st Sydney Sheldon read

I have never read a Sydney Sheldon before, this week I read ‘The Stars Shine Down’, another mystery find from our bookshelf.  I have no idea where some of my books appear from.  Before ever reading anything by him for some reason I had decided that he and Danielle Steel were similar, maybe it has something to do with cover ... Read More »

Still Waters – Book Review

Until this month I had never heard of Tami Hoag, when I heard a book review of her latest offering on the 702 book show I made a mental note of her name. Odd that I haven’t heard of her, she has been writing for yonks and is very prolific. By coincidence in the same week I found a copy ... Read More »

‘Five Quarters of the Orange’, soars like a kite on a taut string

This afternoon I watched my son fly a kite, pure joy soared observing a flutter of colour held aloft by a taut string.  Last night I stayed up late to finish reading “Five Quarters Of the Orange” by Joanne Harris.  Reading this book was a lot like watching that kite dancing in the blue.  Thoughts, metaphors and beauty soar above ... Read More »

How did I get out of the habit of going to the library?

I don’t know how it happened but we have not visited the library for a long long time, certainly not this year.  I guess homework is largely to blame, Fjord has a ridiculous amount of homework in Gr 1 and the afternoons fly by.  He has been nagging me to return to the library, yesterday we rushed to get homework ... Read More »