Monday, June 8, 2009

A Dream Vacation

A Stopover in Venice

A Stopover in Venice by Kathryn Walker

My review

rating: 2 of 5 stars
This was a fairly annoying book about Venice, with the present leading to a mystery about the past. It is also a book about marriage and personhood. It can be difficult to follow--no quotation marks, so that I had to go back numerous times to follow the thread of who was talking. The art history was interesting, though. And I loved Leo and Lucy.

I was planning to read this book anyway, and then the Goodreads Summer Challenge had a challenge for Your dream vacation--read a book and make up an itinerary. In that way, this book did not disappoint. I found a number of places listed that could be visited if I could get to Venice. More than I could list for the challenge, in fact.

So, despite the fact that I found the main character Nel fairly annoying (why had she allowed herself to become such a doormat for her husband? why was she in such suspended animation for so much of the time? why were there no quotation marks?), it was an interesting book.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I started the Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge

Love Lies Bleeding (China Bayles Mystery, Book 6) href="">Love Lies Bleeding by href="">Susan Wittig Albert


reviewrating: 3 of 5 stars
5.9 This Day in History-July 27.1858: First use of fingerprints as a means of idntification--Read a mystery or Crime fiction book.

This is the sixth of the China Bayles books set in the Texas Hill Country. China is having romantic problems even before she gets wound up in the murder of an ex-Texas Ranger. She seems pretty wishy-washy in this one for a former big-time lawyer.

Fire and Hemlock Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones


review rating: 2 of 5 stars
Polly moves in a world filled with sorcery and intrigue, her fate mingled with Tom's. This seems a reworking of the Tam Lin story. Slower going than others of her books that I've read.
Summer Challenge 30.10 Rora--Read a Nominee or Winner of the Mythopoeic Fantsay Award from 1971-1991

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