Never has a quote been so relevant to EVERY book worm around the globe (and further!). SO many books, but so little time! The same can also be said for book bloggers. We read that many books so we can share them with our audience, but we find ourselves short of time to write all our thoughts down in a comprehensive review.
This brings us nicely to ‘Mini Review Monday’. A place where, to compliment our current content, we can share with you some of our initial thoughts on books we have been reading over the last week 🙂
THE YELLOW DOG (Maigret #6) by Georges Simenon
There was an exaggerated humility about her. Her cowed eyes, her way of gliding noiselessly about without bumping into things, of quivering nervously at the slightest word, were the very image of a scullery maid accustomed to hardship. And yet he sensed, beneath that image, glints of pride held firmly in check. She was anaemic. Her flat chest was not formed to rouse desire. Nevertheless, she was strangely appealing, perhaps because she seemed troubled, despondent, sickly.
In the windswept seaside town of Concarneau, a local wine merchant is shot. In fact, someone is out to kill all the influential men and the entire town is soon sent into a state of panic. For Maigret, the answers lie with the pale, downtrodden waitress Emma, and a strange yellow dog lurking in the shadows…
Another brilliant story from Mr Simenon
When I picked up the first Maigret novel, Pietr the Latvian I wasn’t sure how I felt about the Detective and his story. I am so glad I persevered as they just keep getting better. I am now used to how Detective Maigret works in his sometimes brusque manner, and as these books were set and written in the 1920/30s how life was so much different then (the way of speaking to men/women, how the classes acted towards each other, even what was just generally acceptable then that wouldn’t necessarily be now) and investigation techniques were so much different how it is in the novels now.
Maigret has found himself in the middle of another mystery, when a seemingly unknown person has decided to remove certain well known characters in a little town.
What has happened that means someone wants these prominent men dead?
Where has this yellow dog appeared from and who does he belong to?
THE HOMEWARD BOUNDERS by Diana Wynne Jones
“You are now a discard. We have no further use for you in play. You are free to walk the Bounds, but it will be against the rules for you to enter play in any world. If you succeed in returning Home, then you may enter play again in the normal manner.”
When Jamie unwittingly discovers the scary, dark-cloaked Them playing games with human’s lives, he is cast out to the boundaries of the worlds. Only then does he discover that there are a vast number of parallel worlds, all linked by the bounds, and these sinister creatures are using them all as a massive gamesboard.
Clinging to Their promise that if he can get Home he is free, he becomes the unwilling Random Factor in an endless game of chance.
I am definitely enjoying Diana Wynne Jones’ books, and I happened to come across these by chance!
In this book the story revolves around a young lad, Jamie, that discovers that our ‘world’ is basically a big boardgame for aliens – I’m thinking something like Risk (or at least how I understand that game is played) but because he discovers this he is cast out from his word and cursed to walk the Bounds (cross between the worlds) until he finds his Home again. The alternative worlds vary from one end of the spectrum to the other, with Jamie discovering what he can and can’t do to survive.
Unfortunately this is a standalone novel, but am looking forward to reading more of this authors books.
If you like time travel, fantasy and abit of sci-fi this one has got to be on your TBR list!
HALF A KING (Shattered Sea #1) by Joe Abercrombie
Betrayed by his family and left for dead, prince Yarvi, reluctant heir to a divided kingdom, has vowed to reclaim a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the shattered sea itself – all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of a hard, cold world, he cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so has sharpened his mind to a deadly edge.
Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast, he finds they can help him more than any noble could. Even so, Yarvi’s path may end as it began – in twists, traps and tragedy.
This was recommended to me by another Goodreads reader.
My only regret is not starting this sooner!
This book sucked me in from page 1. Set in Medieval-similar times Yarvi is the second in line to the throne, training to be a minister but doesn’t have the affection of the people due to the hand deformity he was born with as people see him as half a person. This story follows Yarvi through death and betrayal, friendship and hardship and the extremes of weather and people on his travels so he can take his revenge on those who wronged him.
Whilst I did guess part of what was going to happen just shortly before it did, it was still a brilliant story and there were other twists that I never saw coming! Can’t wait to get my hands on the next book from this author.
I would say if you are a fan of George RR Martin this is a story for you!
Have you read any of the books above? Let us know your thoughts! 🙂