Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She’s endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. But that’s going to change now that she’s taken over her late grandmother’s matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City’s hottest bachelor as her client, and she’ll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.
Connie Willis’s short novel Bellwether is a wonderfully intelligent romantic comedy.
Researchers Dr Sandra Foster and Dr Bennett O’Reilly, with specialties in fad/trend analysis and chaos theory respectively find themselves thrown together in the chaotic and fad driven HiTek Corporation. They are your classic fish out of water. Add to this melting pot an infuriating admin assistant (sorry, interdepartmental communications liaison), a 60+ page simplified grant funding application form and a flock of sheep and you have ample fodder for comedic moments.
David Nicholls’ bestselling novel One Day is a startlingly real story told with exquisite humour, depth and compassion.
Has a novel ever made you laugh and want to cry at the same time? One Day did that to me.
Nicholls forces us to fall in love with his lead characters, Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew, as we check in with them each year on the anniversary of their first liaison. How can one not feel a connection to these characters when they think the same things we have all thought? How can one not feel empathy for these hapless individuals when we have all made similar mistakes in our own lives?
Jess Walter’s novel The Financial Lives of the Poets is a refreshingly real and humourous look at the financial crisis and the trouble we thinking beings can get ourselves into.
When my reviews outstanding hit four I have decided I just have to stop procrastinating on the perfect way to describe my feelings about the books and post my thoughts quickly otherwise I will never keep up with my reading pile! So here goes my first ‘Four Fast Reviews’ post: CROCODILE ON THE SANDBANK by Elizabeth Peters […]
Addition Synopsis : Winner, Indie Awards, Best Debut Fiction, 2008 Longlisted, Miles Franklin Literary Award, 2009 Shortlisted, Australian Book Industry Awards, Best General Fiction Book, 2008 Grace Lisa Vandenburg counts. The letters in her name (19). The steps she takes every morning to the local café (920); the number of poppy seeds on her slice of orange […]
BOOK RATING: The Story 4 / 5 ; The Writing 4 / 5 BOOK DETAILS: Manic Streets of Perth (Amazon) BOOK REVIEW: Original and darkly comical, Manic Streets of Perth is a tale that is sure to make anyone laugh in spite of any highbrow ethical notions they may prescribe to. This is a fun read […]
Irresistibly irreverent. The title of Carl Hiaasen’s novel Sick Puppy, says it all really. Having just come from reading some dystopian fiction, this novel’s black humour was a real ‘cleansing of the palate’ for me. While black humour is not everyone’s cup of tea, I think Hiaasen does in his novels what we all wish we could do in everyday life once in a while – say what we really think, politically correct or otherwise!
BOOK RATING: Story 4 / 5 ; Writing/Narration 5 / 5 BOOK REVIEW: This was my first experience with both an audiobook and Alexander McCall Smith’s writing, and I was very impressed on both accounts. What a great story framework, setting and group of characters McCall Smith has created in this The #1 Ladies Detective Agency series. These […]