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Busytown: Holiday reading lust

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  • Cecelia,

    No Fretful Sleepers does look good.

    However, Bookiemonster, was it you who read Tender Morsels? I have just finished it and I didn't really like it. I must lack a fantasy gene or summat. I should have reacquainted myself with the fairy tale it was based on?

    Hibiscus Coast • Since Apr 2008 • 559 posts Report Reply

  • Ngaire BookieMonster,

    No, that wasn't me. :) That's the Snow White and Rose Red story, isn't it?

    At the foot of Mt Te Aroh… • Since Nov 2009 • 174 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Cecilia, I heard Margot Lanagan talk on Saturday at Readers and Writers, and she discussed Tender Morsels. She managed to hold her own in a gentle way against her co-panellist Simon Sharma, who is a rather large personality. (I had gone along to hear SS as his solo talk was sold out.) Never read any of her books, and I'm not sure I want to, but she seemed a nice person doing some interesting things with historical fantasy, if that's your thing.

    Simon Sharma also managed to flummox Paul Holmes on Q and A yesterday with his wide sweep of historical references ranging over a couple of millennia.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3107 posts Report Reply

  • Cecelia,

    I heard Kim Hill interview Margot Lanagan on Saturday and yes, she sounded interesting. Kim Hill raved about her book and I've heard Kate de Goldi rave too. It's funny; I love de Goldi's writing but I often fail to enjoy the books she recommends.

    I must listen to Q and A on TVonDemand. And Bookiemonster, I'm reading The Graveyard Book and enjoying it. It's quite delightful and I could recommend it to a young'un whereas Tender Morsels ... hmmm.

    Hibiscus Coast • Since Apr 2008 • 559 posts Report Reply

  • Ngaire BookieMonster,

    Oh The Graveyard Book is such a great read! And totally agree - would be a very easy recommendation to make to a young person. I was really disappointed I couldn't get to Wellington to see Neil Gaiman - just bad timing.

    At the foot of Mt Te Aroh… • Since Nov 2009 • 174 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    For your distraction and diversion
    a diversity of literary oddities

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7480 posts Report Reply

  • philipmatthews,

    Amongst the weirdness: Sarah Kate Lynch! How did that happen?

    But I really need a copy of Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2007 • 656 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    My favourite: "Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots."

    I think though the author of "The Changing World of Inflammatory Bowel Disease" is trying too hard.

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 830 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    There were some, um, interestingly bizarre items - thanks Ian!
    Tho' I truly am puzzled as to why they include insect-eating cookbooks among their "Weird Cookbooks": I eat insects fairly regularly (well, beetle larvae mainly- think huhu - but I've also been known to try others (cicada nymphs and kekewai.))
    And I'm not weird.
    Really.
    No, really!



    OK,so maybe a bit weird?
    But then- so are a rather large number of humans...

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    For your distraction and diversion
    a diversity of literary oddities

    Okay, three things.

    1) I WANT The Thermodynamics of Pizza

    2) Who hasn't read Blessed are the Cheesemakers? It's a lovely book.

    3) I haven't read Le Petomane, but I've seen the film. Twice.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Ngaire BookieMonster,

    I definitely want "Anyone Can Be Cool... But Awesome Takes Practice".
    Oh, and "Fart Proudly"!

    At the foot of Mt Te Aroh… • Since Nov 2009 • 174 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    The PopUp Book of Phobias. I wonder what page 'Fear of PopUp Books' appears on? Page 17?

    Castration - The Advantages and the Disadvantages. Seems a bit self evident, although if size of font is anything to go by, the author has an established bias.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    recordari, I rather suspect that title refers to non-human animals
    (the only known advantage for human animals is longervity...)

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    I notice that the Festival has The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy on tomorrow. Might see if there are any tickets for after the cricket. Although Mark Twain & Me In Maoriland looks interesting also. Are the Festival organisers getting ideas from PAS, or what? Oh, guess that would be anachronistic, but still.

    Whanganui in 1895 - a combustible time of mercenaries, prophets, vaudeville, and self-serving mayoralty.

    They're being ironic right? Was that 1895 or 2010?

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • philipmatthews,

    We were talking about Jonathan Lethem earlier. The Guardian has a really great 12-minute video up at the moment in its author interview series. Opens with Lethem reading one of Chronic City's many pot-smoking scenes; talks also about the way quotes from others make their way into his work. Worth a look.

    Lethem, of course, wrote the plagiarism essay "The Ecstasy of Influence" ...

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2007 • 656 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Thanks Philip, will take a look at home...

    Currently short on new reading material, having just finished Lloyd Jones' Mister Pip for the first time (yes, four years later, I know) - so I have the interesting combination of Bleak House and Pratchett's The Fifth Elephant on the go right now.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1607 posts Report Reply

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