I'm a bit of a sucker for a foodie mystery set in New York and so I found this book an entertaining read. Some characters were explored well and someI'm a bit of a sucker for a foodie mystery set in New York and so I found this book an entertaining read. Some characters were explored well and some were left hanging in the background. ...more
**spoiler alert** Tucked up in the warmth of my living room on a bleakly cold day this book was a warm romcom farce which I read in one sitting.
I too**spoiler alert** Tucked up in the warmth of my living room on a bleakly cold day this book was a warm romcom farce which I read in one sitting.
I took Don's actions and reactions for what they were as the writer built up the comedy of a functioning professor with Asperger's Syndrome. The build up of the protagonist's plight as he bungled his way through hilarious and extraordinary situations made me laugh out loud at times.
However the other side of me felt uncomfortable laughing at Don's inability to empathise or engage with people, leading to these impossible scenes. He himself said he was used to being laughed at and after high school worked on becoming the larrikin thereby buffering the jibes and ridicule he would receive. But for me it felt a bit un PC to laugh at someone else's condition.
I learned a bit more about 'Aspies' characteristics from this story, although probably nothing additional from reading 'Curious Incident of the Dog In The Nighttime' a few years ago.
On a serious note, the story accentuated the difficulty that Aspies face in their day to day interaction with people - interpreting body language and emotion, being flexible to others interpretation to time restraints and other self imposed restraints that characterise a person with this syndrome. ...more
I get sucked into the complicated webs that Kate Morton weaves in her stories. They are always good stories, but I don't normally like to read overlyI get sucked into the complicated webs that Kate Morton weaves in her stories. They are always good stories, but I don't normally like to read overly long books. I say this will be my last and then what happens? I borrow yet another Kate Morton tomb from the library and it's not very long before I am hooked again! So I have come to the conclusion that I must like her writing and her stories after all!
I did like The Secret Keeper and listened to the story on MP3. It kept my interest all the way through.
Although the storyline was somewhat formulaic (most of Kate's books have this trait!) she does have a knack for building up intrigue and suspense, and connecting characters past and present often with very thin threads. The Secret Keeper did not disappoint in suspense and by the time I was 2/3rds into the book, I was suspicious of every character and the 'real' role they played in the story! It's not easy to second guess all the twists and turns in this book in the sub plots. Of course they all relate in some way by the third quarter but I did not see the ending of this book at all. I found myself trying to foretell outcomes but wasn't all that clever after all! Now I feel like I need to re-read the book and experience the outcome from different eyes!
I enjoyed listening to this book on MP3 on my long commute to work. For once I was glad of the long trip! It was a long book and as such the characters became part of my world 3 weeks. Some sections were unnecessary to the plot I felt and other parts were repetitive.
Reading (or rather listening to) the acknowledgements it was apparent that the author had done extensive research into pre and post 2nd world war London. The effect of this research paid off for me as a reader as I imagined myself immersed into that era, empathising with the characters....more
I have to be in the mood to read short stories as they require a different sort of attention span. You cannot gloss over a story as each word is meaniI have to be in the mood to read short stories as they require a different sort of attention span. You cannot gloss over a story as each word is meaningful to plot development, character analysis, ending. This is the first series of short stories by Tim Winton that I have read/listened to on audio some of which I enjoyed immensely. I have grown accustomed to his Australian characters but they do not disappoint. His observations of the human condition make us laugh at ourselves in a familiar way. It is on my bucket list to read all Tim Winton's works....more
Having enjoyed the light hearted 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry' I was curious to read the other side of the coin, Queenie's story. If her stoHaving enjoyed the light hearted 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry' I was curious to read the other side of the coin, Queenie's story. If her story was reduced by at least a third, it would have still been an engaging story.However, there were some signature Rachel Joyce twists in the book to keep your interest. Would I recommend? Not as a stand alone, and only if you were curious to learn more about Harold Fry from the Unlikely Pilgrimage story....more