Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Lady Macbeth's Daughter, by Lisa Klein, has a really crap cover. But it was really, really good.
The story centers around Albia, the lame footed and disappointingly female daughter of the Macbeths who was discarded, then rescued and raised by the Wyrd sisters. When Albia's foster mother Geillis dies, she finds out the truth surrounding her birth, and has to decide whether or not to use her 'sight' to bring down Macbeth. What follows is tragedy, insanity, a fling with Fleance, and a well written yet an abruptly ended novel inspired by Shakespeare.
Ahhh, Francine Pascal. Oh dear.
Well, Falling for Lucas isn't actually written by her, it is written by Kate William. And while it did manage to kill two and a bit hours one waiting afternoon, it generally amused me because of the ridiculous interactions between the mostly deranged and poorly created characters, as well as the supremely cliched plot lines. However it was such trash it was fun, and the fantastically crass and 90s inside cover makes it worth opening, but unless you are really bored, probably not worth reading.
The companion novel to Secret Scribbled Notebooks.
I don't have anything to say except read it. Read them both. I have nothing to write about it except that if I did, it would be a conversation between two slightly drunk people in the kitchen, having just read the book, excitedly discussing their favourite parts and emphasising points with their wineglasses, while trying not to put their elbow in the cheese.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Secret Scribbled Notebooks. Joanne Horniman
I really really loved it. It's one of those rare novels that is the perfect restless summer read, and also a book that when finished makes you want to go do something wonderful for someone, or paint the house a different colour and enrol in a Finnish language course. And it also just makes you a bit happy about life.
Pretty snippets of 17 year old Kate O'Farrell's life shown through her Wild Typewritten Pages and primary coloured journals, it is Anais Nin in fig trees, the first summer with a neice, and first love in a variety of forms.