Book of the week segment November 11, 2016 – Posted in: Books, Review
It’s time for my book of the week segment and I thought I would share with you a few reviews from Friends of the Books of Buderim community. It takes a small army of people to get to know all the books that come through the shop. Each publisher offers us hundreds of books each month to choose from. The lovely people from the publishers that come to visit us are very helpful at identifing what books our bookshop customers prefer but that is only a part of the way through the selection process. From those books they suggest I need to think about how many to choose and which I think will fit with our customers needs better than others. This is all before they have been read by myself or my book proofers. The book proofers are great at narrowing down the search even more for me and the most important part of their job is identifying the gems, the books that will be loved by all. It’s a tough job but one that any serious book lover relishes. And my book proofers seem to love giving a great review. So time to share a few of their reviews from the books reviewed last month.
Children’s: There May Be a Castle By Piers Torday
This is a children’s novel, the story of a boy nick-named Mouse who is small of stature but big
onimagination. His mother sets out on a stormy snowing Christmas Eve to drive Mouse and his two sisters to their grandparent’s house for Christmas but crashes the car. Mouse comes too in the upturned vehicle and gets out, the rest of the family were unconscious. From this point Mouse starts a wonderful adventure. He is a knight riding a talking horse or a dinosaur, meets minstrels, wizards, monsters and sets off on a quest. In the meantime mouse’s older sister wakes, so a second story is woven with Mouse’s adventure. Imagination abounds, with humour and excitement which I believe would be enthralling for a young reader.
Eventually the family are found with help from Mouse’e efforts.
I was surprised by the ending in a children’s novel, not a Hollywood fairytale ending. It was interesting but I am not a big
fan of fantasy so it did not engage me but I can see how a young teen would find it terrific.
Fantasy: The Shadow of What Was Lost (the Licanius Trilogy #1) By James Islington
This one is from my Fantasy guru – my husband. He has read more fantasy books than I could ever count, and he absolutely loved this one. It has been written up as being the next Robert Jordan and I believe it could be worth giving it a try.
Review: I liked this book a lot. The story line grabbed me straight from the beginning. I enjoyed the characters. The storyline had a tried and tested coming of age feel. But was not predictable and was constantly entertaining. I thought the structure of magic in the story was quite unique and imaginative. It was very well written and difficult to really be certain who the good guys and the bad guys were. Or at least which were which.
The story felt like a small part of a larger saga without leaving you with only questions and no answers. I would recommend this for adults and YA. Within that group I would say “this is for anyone who likes epic fantasy”
I would happily recommend this book and can’t wait for the next one in the series
Fiction: The Red Notebook By Antoine Laurain
This review is my own. I read this book over the September holidays as a proof and really enjoyed it. A good friend who reads a lot was requesting it and I just had to find out what he was fussing about. Well I was very happy to have taken the time to read this book. It’s a small book of only 230 pages but it sure packs into it plenty of characters. You never really know where the story is taking you till the end. But what I loved most about it is the weaving of the story and characters together. The way Antoine writes about the people in the book is wonderfully expressive and very real. He provides details in their lives that make you feel like you know them. I went away from this book with a sense of a deeper understanding of at least the people and their life circumstances. It was ingenious.
More next week of the books that we loved. If you’re interested in becoming a book proofer for the Books of Buderim Community, just call in and we will start you off with your first book – all for free.