Newsletter No 35 (December 19th, 2012)

Hi,

Thank you for your loyalty to Curious Book Fans and our newsletter (or should I thank it to the fact that unsubscribe button is well hidden?). Today is 3 years since we started our book blog journey. I hope you enjoy checking our progress from time to time.

As another year draws to a close and many see it in fifty shades of grey, Curious Book Fans recently read some interesting books with numbers and colours in the title but not exactly in that greyish genre. Titles like 100 Places You Will Never Visit, Around India in 80 Trains and The Blue Book could tempt you to discover another publishing hit.

Curious Book Fans wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with lots of curious titles and curiouser and curiouser characters and plots.

Sincerely Yours, Curious Book Fans

100 Places You Will Never Visit: The World’s Most Secret Locations by Dan Smith

Possibly the strangest addition to the ranks of travel list publications, Daniel Smith’s new book 100 Places You Will Never Visit: The World’s Most Secret Locations is effectively a travel guide to places you can’t go. Or wouldn’t want to go for that matter.

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Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

The ending of the novel is unexpected, shocking, revelatory and a huge cliffhanger. There is no way I could have predicted the way things stand at the end of Days of Blood and Starlight. There is good news and bad news; there is good news that seems like bad news; there are still unanswered questions…

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The Racketeer by John Grisham

The Racketeer is the latest brilliant legal thriller from John Grisham. It is an absorbing tale from start to finish and has some fiendishly unexpected twists and turns that I absolutely loved.

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Around India in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh

The inspiration of course comes from Jules Verne. And it struck London based journalist Monisha Rajesh one drizzly London day, reading about India’s airline boom, when she wanted to escape from the weather and the sameness of life in London.

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Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Rivers of London is the first novel in Ben Aaronovitch’s PC Grant series. Set rather unsurprisingly in London, we are introduced to Police Constable Peter Grant who at the start of the novel is assigned to Charing Cross police station, and is waiting to find out what section of the Met he will be posted to. Then he meets a ghost…

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The Behaviour of Moths by Poppy Adams

Take two estranged sisters, reunited after 47 years and of course things aren’t going to be comfortable and breezy. Put them in the stately home they grew up in, which is now a dilapidated mansion that one sister has stayed in all this time, and you know someone is hiding something – if not both of them.

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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday

I have to confess, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen only made it onto by to-read list after I heard about the movie based on Paul Torday’s novel, starring Ewan McGregor. I had heard of the book before this, and found the title interesting, but I hadn’t paid much attention to it.

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Band-Aid for a Broken Leg by Damian Brown

Band-Aid for a Broken Leg by Damian Brown is the author’s account of his experiences working for Medecins San Frontieres in Africa. Although there are no instances of giving a band-aid for a broken leg, the title represents the organisations struggle to manage serious conditions with limited resources, and that for all the work it does, it cannot cure Africa’s problems.

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Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

Sebastian Barry’s story about the 100 year old Roseanne McNulty is both fascinating and engrossing. Although this is one in a series of books about these characters, it stands alone very well and is an excellent introduction to Barry’s writing.

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The Blue Book by A. L. Kennedy

It did feel a bit like hard work in places, but I think that it was very much worth sticking to and the conclusion was quite satisfying. (That the book looks rather good on my bookshelves now I have finished it it’s a nice added bonus – I wish more publishers would produce their books with such care to aesthetics as this).

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Dolly: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill

Dolls are curious things – they hold a fascination for their ability to be both attractively cute and yet quietly unsettling. Many children love playing with dolls, but their appearance of cold little figures with unmoving faces has long made them a popular choice for scary stories

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Magic Finger by Roald Dahl

What happens is that when the girl gets angry she points her finger at anyone that is making her angry or humiliating her and puff something bad happens. For example her teacher Miss Winter asked her to spell cat and she said “that’s easy K-A-T” and her teacher got all angry and she pointed the MAGIC FINGER at her teacher and amazingly she grew whiskers and sprouted a tail.

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Songs of Innocence: The Story of British Childhood by Fran Abrams

Referencing William’s Blake’s 1789 collection of poetry about childhood in its title, Fran Abrams’ new book Songs of Innocence: The Story of British Childhood offers an account of children’s recent social history from the Victorian era to the present day.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney

The winter holidays start. But it didn’t go well. When a blizzard hits Greg and his family have to stay inside the house for a long time without much food. This book is about the things that happen in the house during the blizzard.

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