LAURA ESQUIVAL – Like Water for Chocolate


Acquired via BookCrossing Nov 19 2005

I’m glad I have now read this but I was a little… well, disappointed isn’t really the word. I’m not sure what is. I was expecting the slight ickiness of a lot of magic realism but, as the quotations inside say, it’s not for the faint of heart or stomach and I found bits of it a bit much. I was also a bit let down by the ending although it obviously fitted the work. In summary – glad I read it but A Bit Much For Me.

A PARODY – Easts, Shites and Leaves: Crap English and How to Use It

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Acquired via BookCrossing 29 July 2005 – from Hudsons OBCZ

This was quite amusing although, like Schotts and Eats Shoots the lack of attribution for the quotations is a bit annoying. It gives lots of entertaining quotations from politicians and sports commentators and examples of “found” language (greengrocers’ English etc).

ALLAN & BARBARA PEASE – The Definitive Book of Body Language

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Bought July 2005 – The Works (exact date unknown)

This was a thought provoking and amusing book about body language, with lots of examples from popular culture but a good basic theoretical background. Caused much amusement when I noticed just how threatened the 2nd assistant we asked in Dixons was yesterday!

ANITA BROOKNER – Altered States

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Bought 19 Jul 2005 (charity shop)

Hm, again. I always get the new Brookner when it comes out, although I seem to have missed this one first time around. I have a theory that either Brookner is getting more depressing as she gets older, or as *I* get older. This, I think, bears the first hypothesis out – although it is, of course, depressing, some action does actually take place, and the characters don’t all reach the ends of their lives during the book.

Keeping for the sake of completeness, but I’m hoping the next new one might be… a little more jolly?

Matt’s geek score…

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OK this was quite amusing!

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BARBARA TONER – A mother’s guide to life

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Acquired via BookCrossing 26 Jul 2005 (OBCZ bookbox)

Hm… this was OK but a bit lightweight and not as funny as for some reason I thought it was going to be. A book of advice for her daughters, this follows a steady stream of advice and etiquette books at the moment.

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