Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs

"The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs" by Matthew Dicks (The author of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend) is a book about bullying by social exclusion, and how its effects can potentially haunt you your whole life. The issues are serious, but the style makes for an enjoyable read.

Told from the perspective of a 40+ old woman, the book nevertheless has passages that can help teens identify and deal with emotional bullying.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Cellar - Minette Walters

The latest long-awaited novel - more of a novella - from the author of The Ice House, The Scold's Bridle and The Dark Room is a different kettle of kippers. Yes, it's still crime fiction. Yes, it's still a mystery. You can even call it a detective novel(la).

Told from the point of view of one of the victims, however, it's not a police procedural. It's not a thriller. I would never in a million years guess it to be a Minette Walters, the way a Lee Child is a Lee Child and a Harlan Coben is a Harlan Coben. In a way, it's more of a Tess Gerritsen than the latest Tess Gerritsen (Playing with Fire).

It's a good book. Well paced. Interesting characters.

Just not what I expected.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Abominable Bride - Sherlock

I love Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock. New Year's special episode, "The Abominable Bride", was no exception. I know some people had an issue with it


going back and forth between the historical and the contemporary setting, some even found it confusing. Apart from the obvious plagiarism of the Inception concept, I couldn't fault it. Even the ghost was scary.

Monday, December 28, 2015

2016 approaching....

New year.
New dreams.
New hopes.
Ends and beginnings.
A leap of faith,

Have a good one.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Mentalist - TV series

I'm a bit of a latecomer to this series, and I only discovered it thanks to a colleague who said, "well, if you like Sherlock, you will like the Mentalist". He was right. I think.

I loved the first episode of season 1. Really enjoyed the second. By the third, I was wondering when and whether the Red John storyline was going to take off.

Friends assure me it will, in a big way. So when I have time to laze around in front of the silver box, I'll give episode 4 a try. Meanwhile, am I the only person in the universe not planning to see the latest Star Wars instalment?

Friday, December 11, 2015

Big Little Lies

I'm on a Liane Moriarty bend. As soon as I finished Big Little Lies, I  immediately purchased What Alice Forgot/ On Kindle, so that I wouldn't have to wait for the delivery.

Big Little Lies is a murder mystery: not only a who- and why-dunnit, but also a who-is-the-victim? Through witness statements, we learn there's been a death at a close-knit primary school, and that the police officers are treating it as murder. But who died? Oh, no, please let it not be her. Nor her. Nor....

While the clever structure and brilliant prose certainly keeps you turning the pages, the ultimate strength of the book lies in the sharp insights into human behaviour. The author is an intelligent observer, and the reader can't help but nod in places.

A tale of bullying in all its shapes and forms.


Thursday, December 03, 2015


Not as dark or evil as "Skyfall", not as silly plot-wise as "Quantum of Solace", not as suave as "Casino Royale". But all those negatives add up to a damned good Bond movie. Stunts, touristy locations, humour, a suave hero, and the certainty that all will end well.

The ending ***SPOILER ALERT!!!*** feels as though you should be wondering whether there are any more Bonds in the pipeline. In fact, the whole movie seems a collage of previous Bonds: we have the baddie attacking James and his lady in the train, we have a paper shooting target with Bond's face on it, we have the villain's white cat. Whether homages or lazy writing, they will either delight you in a nostalgic way, or... not.